With all the sad news about Whitney Houston’s passing looming over The Grammy Awards, I almost forgot to give a huge shout out and congratulations to Dipped in Cream’s darlings, The Civil Wars for winning Best Folk album andBest Country Duo/Group performance–beating out the likes of EddieVedder and Kenny Chesney.
Joy Williams and John Paul White, who make up The Civil Wars are a duo made in heaven. Normally, I don’t care for Jay Leno, but if I hadn’t accidentally turned on The Tonight Show in early 2011, I never would have found these two beautiful souls. It seems as though they are on Leno every few months.
Since that time, my BFF Patrick, SilverFox and I were lucky enough to see The Civil Wars in a small, intimate venue in Seattle. I don’t think I took a breath the entire show.
Here’s a little icing on our cake. Via Twitter, we congratulated Joy on her pregnancy and asked how she was feeling–and she was sweet enough to respond!
It always feels like a thankless chore to watch this every year, but I got through The Grammys and I’m not sure how. The festivities kicked off with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street performing “We Take Care Of Our Own.”
It was a little sad to see the band up there without “Big Man” Clarence Clemons.
Host, LL Cool J led the audience in a moment of silence for Whitney Houston, her presence was felt throughout the show with shouts from Stevie Wonder and Rihanna. Alicia Keys and Bonnie Rait performed a duet in tribute to Etta James, but it was Bruno Mars that got the crowd on it’s feet. “Get of your rich asses and let’s have some fun,” well someone had to tell them.
The Grammys made the Foo Fighters play outside in a tent, then orchestrated the weirdest mash-up of the night by having them play with David Guetta, DeadMau5 and Chris Brown. It was headache inducing and probably caused a few seizures. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 got together with Foster The People to honor The Beach Boys. Sadly, Uncle Jesse couldn’t make it.
Stevie introduced Paul McCartney and Blake Shelton and The Band Perry paid tribute to the original Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell. The moment we were all waiting for came towards the end of the show after the In Memoriam segment, which seemed to be missing a couple of people.
Jennifer Hudson did an excellent job with Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You.” She sang it her way and brought us all to tears. I know people were unsure about her being the one to pay homage Whitney, but she did the song justice and won over a lot of people in the process.
The biggest WTF moment came from the show’s last performance. Nicki Minaj staged an exorcism and made us all uncomfortable for her in the process. Seriously, WHAT THE F***!!
I guess this is what happens when you don’t nominate Lady Gaga for enough awards. (I’m sure she was happier chilling in the audience with Tony Bennett.)
I wasn’t all that impressed with Katy Perry‘s performance either which was a sort of eff you to ex-husband Russell Brand. Did she forget her performance from last year’s show that was also dedicated to him? I won’t even start with that crimped hair. Her BFF Rihanna did her best Zumba moves in a joint performance with Coldplay. I wasn’t here for either but hey, it wasn’t all that bad.
Adele returned to the stage for another awesome rendition of “Rolling In The Deep” and received one of the night’s many standing ovations. Well deserved though. She was the big winner of the night *ahem Karl* taking home Album of The Year and Record of The Year.
Foo Fighters won for Best Rock Performance and our booDave Grohl made one of the best speeches which was ironically interrupted by (idiot) Ryan Seacrest. “The human element that makes music is what’s most important, singing into a microphone and learning how to play guitar. It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes into a computer.” Cue LMFAO. Yikes.
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver accepted his award for Best New Artist and made the cutest speech, thanking all of the “non-nominees” and explaining why he was so nervous. He had made a stink about being asked to participate in one of the performances with a bunch of other bands, which kind of came off as ungrateful, but after this mess of a show can you blame him?
The show closed with a huge performance from Sir Paul with a little help from his friends Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh. Something felt a little off this year, it was the same people over and over again and yet it was hard for me to even recall what I had just watched.
So we’ll do this again, same time next year? I have another three and a half hours of my life I don’t need.
The Grammys put on a pretty impressive nominations special this year which included performances by Rihanna, The Band Perry and a tribute to the late Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford with Usher.
Can’t say there were any big surprises, but there was a collective WTF when electronic musician Skrillex was nominated for Best New Artist.
I also predict that Bon Iver, the band headed by Justin Vernon will be the Arcade Fire of next year’s show. Everyone will be asking who he is and getting pissed when he wins. I can’t wait!
Here are the nominees!
Album Of The Year: 21 — Adele Wasting Light — Foo Fighters Born This Way — Lady Gaga Doo-Wops & Hooligans — Bruno Mars Loud — Rihanna
Record Of The Year: “Rolling In The Deep” — Adele “Holocene” — Bon Iver “Grenade” — Bruno Mars “The Cave” — Mumford & Sons “Firework” — Katy Perry
Best New Artist: The Band Perry Bon Iver J. Cole Nicki Minaj Skrillex
Song Of The Year: “All Of The Lights” — Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie) “The Cave” — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons) “Grenade” — Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars) “Holocene” — Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver) “Rolling In The Deep” — Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
Best Pop Solo Performance “Someone Like You” — Adele “Yoü And I” — Lady Gaga “Grenade” — Bruno Mars “Firework” — Katy Perry “F***in’ Perfect” — Pink
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Body And Soul” — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse “Dearest” — The Black Keys “Paradise” — Coldplay “Pumped Up Kicks” — Foster The People “Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
Best Dance Recording “Raise Your Weapon” — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech “Barbra Streisand” — Duck Sauce “Sunshine” — David Guetta & Avicii “Call Your Girlfriend” — Robyn “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” — Skrillex “Save The World” — Swedish House Mafia
Best Rock Performance “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” — Coldplay “Down By The Water” — The Decemberists “Walk” — Foo Fighters “The Cave” — Mumford & Sons “Lotus Flower” — Radiohead
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance “On The Backs Of Angels” — Dream Theater “White Limo” — Foo Fighters “Curl Of The Burl” — Mastodon “Public Enemy No. 1” — Megadeth “Blood In My Eyes” — Sum 41
Best Rock Album Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul — Jeff Beck Wasting Light — Foo Fighters Come Around Sundown — Kings Of Leon I’m With You — Red Hot Chili Peppers The Whole Love — Wilco
Best Alternative Music Album Bon Iver — Bon Iver Codes and Keys — Death Cab For Cutie Torches — Foster The People Circuital — My Morning Jacket The King of Limbs — Radiohead
Best Traditional R&B Performance “Sometimes I Cry” — Eric Benét “Fool For You” — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona “Radio Message” — R. Kelly “Good Man” — Raphael Saadiq “Surrender” — Betty Wright & The Roots
Best R&B Album F.A.M.E. — Chris Brown Second Chance — El DeBarge Love Letter — R. Kelly Pieces Of Me — Ledisi Kelly — Kelly Price
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration “Party” — Beyoncé & André 3000 “I’m On One” — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne “I Need A Doctor” — Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey “What’s My Name?” — Rihanna & Drake “Motivation” — Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne “All Of The Lights” — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
Best Rap Performance “Look At Me Now” — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes “Otis” — Jay-Z & Kanye West “The Show Goes On” — Lupe Fiasco “Moment 4 Life” — Nicki Minaj & Drake “Black And Yellow” — Wiz Khalifa
Best Country Solo Performance “Dirt Road Anthem” — Jason Aldean “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” — Martina McBride “Honey Bee” — Blake Shelton “Mean” — Taylor Swift “Mama’s Song” — Carrie Underwood
Best Country Song “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” — Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy, songwriters (Thompson Square) “God Gave Me You” — Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton) “Just Fishin'” — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill, songwriters (Trace Adkins) “Mean” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift) “Threaten Me With Heaven” — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian, songwriters (Vince Gill) “You And Tequila” — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters (Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)
Best Americana Album Emotional Jukebox — Linda Chorney Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down — Ry Cooder Hard Bargain — Emmylou Harris Ramble At The Ryman — Levon Helm Blessed — Lucinda Williams
Best Blues Album Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman Roadside Attractions — Marcia Ball Man In Motion — Warren Haynes The Reflection — Keb’ Mo’ Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best Folk Album *Barton Hollow — The Civil Wars* I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive — Steve Earle Helplessness Blues — Fleet Foxes Ukulele Songs — Eddie Vedder The Harrow & The Harvest — Gillian Welch
The Grammy Awards will be televised February 12, 2012 on CBS. I can’t wait see who will perform!