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Live blog: 2103 Grammy Awards

by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 10, 2013
aylor Swift arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
aylor Swift arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

7:00 p.m.: That’s a crazy lineup of performers. But all I heard was Prince is here!!!

7:01:  Here we go. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are starting with a performance that CBS has been promoting like crazy: Taylor Swift’s return to the Grammy stage with tonight’s opening performance. Despite all her success, the pop-country superstar still has something to prove after her less-than-stellar duet with Stevie Nicks at the 2010 Grammys.

She’s singing her latest smash “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and it’s oh-so much better than her 2010 debacle but not nearly as good as she sounds in a concert setting. She has a real stage presence that just come through on TV.

Despite the creepy jester guy at the beginning, this lavish “Alice in Wonderland”-joins-the-circus setup Swifty’s got going is a pretty spectacular start to the show. I like the white top hat and boots, but I’m not sold on the hot pants and tails combo.

7:05: There’s big cheers for Swift as the confetti falls. Her peers seem to have approved. Or there are a lot of Swift fanatics that have been trucked in.

LL Cool J (AP file)
LL Cool J (AP file)

7:06: Host LL Cool J is hosting for the second straight year, and he just called Taylor “T Swizzle,” which was weird. Now, he’s jumping in the time machine to reference Whitney Houston’s tragic death last year on the eve of the 2012 Grammys and pay homage to the late Michael Jackson and how he inspired him.

He’s talking about how the Grammys inspired some of the other superstars in the audience, including Checotah native Carrie Underwood growing up in Oklahoma, Beyonce growing up in Houston, Adele growing up in England and Goyte growing up in Bruges.

The two-time Grammy winner is waxing eloquently about what the Grammys mean to him and how he entrusted his two trophies to his Grammy because she always took care of him.

“When you get right down to it, a Grammy isn’t just a shiny trophy. It’s a dream come true,” he said. “Those Grammys are mine, but this show is ours.”

He also says the show belongs to all us music fans at home. It was pretty rambling, but all in all, a nice speech before we get to all the glitz and glamor.

It’s not going to help them come in on time, though. We’ve got 20+ performances and a dozen awards to hand out tonight, folks. Let’s get to it.

Ed Sheeran (AP file)
Ed Sheeran (AP file)

7:10: It’s a two-man British invasion with hot young thing Ed Sheeran on guitar and Elton John on piano to perform Sheeran’s Grammy-nominated ballad “A Team.” I like the imagery in this song, they sound terrific together, and the stripped-down, frills-free performance is a nice contrast to T-Swift’s circus opener.

Jennifer Lopez and her leg arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Jennifer Lopez and her leg arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

7:19: Pit Bull and Jennifer Lopez are presenting the first award, and J-Lo is making the night’s first crack about the famous memo instructing the stars to cover up. She’s got one leg and one shoulder bare and Pit Bull nearly panting. The producers are tearing the eyes away long enough to present the best pop performance award. Here are the nominees:

Set Fire To The Rain [Live]

Adele

Track from: Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Label: XL/Columbia

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Kelly Clarkson

Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited

Call Me Maybe

Carly Rae Jepsen

Label: 604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope

Wide Awake

Katy Perry

Label: Capitol

Where Have You Been

Rihanna

Track from: Talk That Talk

Label: Def Jam

Adele arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Adele arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

7:21: Winner: Adele, who even without a new album seems to be picking up right where she started off last year, when her “21″ earned six Grammys. She calls J-Lo her good luck charm and gives a shoutout to the other ladies doing this because “we work so hard and make it look so easy.” Well done, despite the red flowered dress that looks like her grandma’s curtains.

The band fun. (AP file)
The band fun. (AP file)

7:22: The always-entertaining Neil Patrick Harris quotes “gangster rap icon Katharine Hepburn” with a line about how “if you follow all the rules, you miss all the fun.” This, of course, is to intro breakout band fun., who earned six Grammys. But they’re not performing their breakout hit “We Are Young.” They’re going with their also anthemic “Carry On” instead. I can’t say I’m sorry, since I’m a little burned out on the other. Besides, they’re delivering the uplift while performing in a simulated rainstorm that was fairly frosty to see.

Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, left, and Dierks Bentley present an award onstage during the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP file)
Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, left, and Dierks Bentley present an award onstage during the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP file)

7:31: “Two guitar-slinging Grammy winners,” Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer are taking the stage in what looks like almost matching outfits: a couple of richly textured and colored suits, hers purple and his blue.

They’re introducing Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert and her tourmate Dierks Bentley for a special performance of two of their heartfelt songs. First up, Miranda, who is rock a very short, sparkle-festooned white dress, to sing “Over You,” the heartbreaking ballad she wrote with hubby Blake Shelton. She’s singing against a moody blue backdrop with a large tree, and Dierks is coming out to croon the second verse. I seriously hope we can expect more of this when their co-headlining tour comes to Oklahoma City and Tulsa this spring, because they sound just wonderful together. They are doing country music proud!

They’re going right into Dierks gorgeous patriotic anthem “Home,” with Ran harmonizing on the chorus and then taking over on the second verse. This is even better, as they blend the two choruses, which fit together better than I could have imagined. Now, I really can’t wait to see them live here in OKC!

By the way, Ran is up for best country album tonight for “Four the Record” and Dierks is nominated for best solo vocal performance for “home.”

7:38: Fellow country artists Blake Shelton (of course) and Keith Urban are on their feet to cheer for Ran and Dierks. Go team country!

7:39: It’s another blast from the past as we get a vintage clip of Dick Clark interviewing a young LL Cool J. Cool J pays a brief tribute to the late music host, adding “He is missed.”

Miguel performs at the Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP)
Miguel performs at the Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP)

7:40: That’s not much of a segue into something completely different: new Grammy winner Miguel and Wiz Khalifa performing “Adorn.” But Miguel sure can sing.

7:42: Now, Miguel and Wiz are gonna present the best country solo performance Grammy. There are three choices with Sooner State ties here:

Home

Dierks Bentley

Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Springsteen

Eric Church

Label: EMI Records Nashville

Cost Of Livin’

Ronnie Dunn

Label: Arista Nashville

Wanted

Hunter Hayes

Track from: Hunter Hayes

Label: Atlantic

Over

Blake Shelton

Track from: Red River Blue

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Blown Away

Carrie Underwood

Track from: Blown Away

Label: 19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville

Carrie Underwood arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. Songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins won the Best Country Song Grammy for penning the Checotah native's hit "Blown Away." (AP)
Carrie Underwood arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. Songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins won the Best Country Song Grammy for penning the Checotah native's hit "Blown Away." (AP)

7:43: Winner: Carrie Underwood! She’s talking about how grateful she is to be part of the country music community and thanking the usual suspects, with special shoutouts to her fans and her husband, Mike Fisher. Congratulations to Checotah’s own superstar on her sixth career Grammy!

7:50: LL Cool J is introducing a couple of superstars that just seem to go together: Long-married country power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. They’re going to present song of the year:

The A Team

Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)

Track from: +

Label: Elektra; Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Adorn

Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

Label: RCA/Bystorm Entertainment; Publisher: Art Dealer Chic

Call Me Maybe

Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Label: 604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope; Publishers: Jepsen Music Publishing, Regular Monkey Productions, Crowe Music Publishing

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)

Label: RCA/19 Recordings; Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Scandinavia, Perfect Storm Music Group/Sony ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia, BMG Gold Songs, Kurstin Music/EMI April Music

We Are Young

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe)

Track from: Some Nights

Label: Fueled By Ramen; Publishers: WB Music, FBR Music, Bearvon Music/Rough Art/Shira Lee Lawrence Rick Music/Way Above Music/Sony ATV Songs

In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, the band fun., from left, Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess pose for a photo backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP)
In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, the band fun., from left, Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess pose for a photo backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP)

7:51: Winner: fun. “I don’t know what I was thinking writing the chorus of the song, because if this is in HD and you can see us, you can see, we are not young,” cracks Nate Ruess. They’re talking about how they’ve been doing this for 12 years and thanking their loyal fans and the families who’ve let them live at home. They become the first victims of the “go away” music, but they keep talking. Atta boys.

Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons

7:54: Johnny Depp, who is looking like he raided Captain Jack Sparrow’s closet but forgot the eye liner and gold teeth, is there to make the girls squeal and introduce the “sublime” Mumford & Sons, who are playing their tuneful smash “I Will Wait.”

Word on the street (read: Facebook) is that they’ve already sold out their planned tour stop this year in Guthrie. Only took two days. These guys are huge.

I must admit their music is pretty catchy, but I’m really happy they’re not the ones that beat authentic Okie folk singer/songwriter/musician John Fullbright for the Best Americana Album Grammy. (Bonnie Raitt’s “Slipstream” won.)

Taylor Swift is a fan, apparently, since they just showed her enthusiastically singing along.

Musician Justin Timberlake arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Musician Justin Timberlake arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

8:03: Ellen DeGeneres and Beyonce, who has already won one Grammy tonight, are both dressed in slim black pantsuits to introduce a “triple threat,” which Ellen tries to pretend is her and then starts doing a creepy stare thing with Beyonce. Disconcerting. Good she just snapped out of it, so she and Beyonce could coax the fans to their feet for Justin Timberlake’s return to the Grammy stage. Do not adjust your television set: Timberlake is singing and dancing to his new hit “Suit & Tie” in black and white against an old-school big-band backdrop. That man has got style.

8:06: Here comes Mr. Beyonce, Jay-Z, to rap along with Timberlake. The cool factor is fairly off the charts at this point. It turns out I missed Justin Timberlake a lot more than I realized. I think Miranda and Dierks is still my favorite performance of the night so far, but I think it’s fairly impossible not to love the magic JT is working here with his new song “Pusher Love Girl.”

8:11: Kelly Rowland brings the glamor that Beyonce didn’t with a her long black gown with the sexy, strategic cutouts. She’s with Nas to present a new category: best urban contemporary album. Since I’m hoping tonight will be a Chris Brown-free zone, I’m rooting for anyone but Rhianna’s main squeeze/abuser.

Fortune

Chris Brown

Label: RCA Records

Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel

Label: RCA Records / Bystorm Entertainment

Channel Orange

Frank Ocean

Label: Def Jam

Frank Ocean (AP file)
Frank Ocean (AP file)

8:13: Winner: Frank Ocean. The breakout star says he’s heard that to stay calm during public speaking you should imagine everyone naked, but instead he’s going to imagine everyone as little kids all dressed up in tuxedos and all fancy. Sounds like better advice to me.

8:19: 13-time Grammy winner Dave Grohl and “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette are dressed all in black and talking about Grohl’s new documentary “Sound City”.” Plus, they’re honoring Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who won non-classical producer of the year earlier tonight.

Moving on, they’re going to present the best rock performance Grammy, and The Black Keys is up for an award in this crazy, mixed-up category, too:

Hold On

Alabama Shakes

Track from: Boys & Girls

Label: ATO Records

Lonely Boy

The Black Keys

Track from: El Camino

Label: Nonesuch

Charlie Brown

Coldplay

Label: Capitol

I Will Wait

Mumford & Sons

Track from: Babel

Label: Glassnote

We Take Care Of Our Own

Bruce Springsteen

Track from: Wrecking Ball

Label: Columbia Records

The Black Keys (AP file)
The Black Keys (AP file)

8:21: Winner: The Black Keys. They promise to keep it quick, and they’re reading a few names off cards, as well as thanking their hometown of Akron, Ohio, and current locale of Nashville, Tenn. Keeping it simple. I can buy into that.

Maroon 5
Maroon 5

8:22: Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 are teaming up to make a Grammy moment with “Girl on Fire” and “Daylight.” I guess it’s all that time spent writing about “The Voice,” but Adam Levine just doesn’t seem the same without Blake Shelton by his side. Maybe it’s just me.

Alicia Keys (AP file)
Alicia Keys (AP file)

8:24: Instead of behind her customary piano, Alicia Keys is banging the drums as she launches into “Girl on Fire” with Levine singing harmony. Now, she’s leaving the drums and they’re both just belting it. Nice. And apparently I wasn’t the only one missing the bromance because they just cut to Blake nodding along and Miranda singing along next to him.

8:27: “Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco and four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban are going to present best pop vocal album:

Stronger

Kelly Clarkson

Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings LLC

Ceremonials

Florence & The Machine

Label: Universal Republic

Some Nights

Fun.

Label: Fueled By Ramen

Overexposed

Maroon 5

Label: A&M/Octone

The Truth About Love

Pink

Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson

8:28: Winner: Kelly Clarkson. She’s shaking hands, patting backs and giving out hugs, “I’m sorry, I got stuck to Miranda Lambert. There’s a story and a song. For later. After alcohol. Just kidding kids.” Ha!

And it gets better: Kelly declares she didn’t think she was going to win and proceeds to lavish praise on fun., Pink, Adele and declare she didn’t know who Miguel was before “but we need to sing together because that was the sexiest damn thing I’ve ever seen.” She quickly thanks all the usual suspects, including her fiance Brandon Blackstock (manager of Blake Shelton and stepson of Reba McEntire), declaring him sexy, too. I think she should give everyone’s acceptance speech for the rest of the night, possibly for future Grammys, too.

8:34: A quick fashion sidebar/rant: Too many pantsuits, ladies. Not a trend I’m enjoying. Let’s glam this thing up a bit. What did all of you pick out gowns that had your girly bits hanging out and then have to go to plan B when the cover-it-up memo went out? It’s the Grammys, let’s get some glamor in it!

Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

8:36: LL Cool J introduces introduces one of the biggest stars on the planet “and possibly elsewhere,” Rihanna, who today won her seventh Grammy. She’s got Mikky Ekko with her for her emotional ballad “Stay.” At least she’s got a pretty dress on – it’s a sleek, simple dark blue column, sexy without the skankiness she sometimes dabbles in – and she sounds very pretty, too.

8:39: Rihanna’s performance got lots of people on their feet. It was lovely. But I think a lot of them are just standing because they’re so happy that she didn’t have Chris Brown with her.

8:40: Nominees Carly Rae Jepsen and Ne-Yo are going to give the award for best rap collaboration:

Wild Ones

Flo Rida Featuring Sia

Track from: Wild Ones

Label: Poe Boy/Atlantic

No Church In The Wild

Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream

Track from: Watch The Throne

Label: Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC

Tonight (Best You Ever Had)

John Legend Featuring Ludacris

Label: Epic Records

Cherry Wine

Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse

Track from: Life Is Good

Label: Def Jam

Talk That Talk

Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z

Track from: Talk That Talk

Label: Def Jam

Jay-Z (AP file)
Jay-Z (AP file)

8:42: Winner: “No Church in the Wild.” No surprise. Kayne isn’t there to cause trouble. Frank Ocean starts off that he didn’t think he’d be speaking first, but he dedicates his Grammy to his little brother, noting it’s “probably the coolest one.” Very sweet. The-Dream notes he got cut off during his last acceptance speech and proceeds to thank his family, too. As Jay-Z steps to the mic, the go-away music starts to play, so he simply grins, indicates The-Dream’s hat and says he wants to thank “Mr. Swap Meet” for that hat. Cheeky. I like that in a rap mogul.

Stock promotional photo of Tulsa native and singer Patti Page (aka Clara Ann Fowler).
Photo has date of 9/24/54 on back;  cropped version of photo ran in the 7/17/55 Daily Oklahoman.
Stock promotional photo of Tulsa native and singer Patti Page (aka Clara Ann Fowler). Photo has date of 9/24/54 on back; cropped version of photo ran in the 7/17/55 Daily Oklahoman.

8:43: The Lifetime Achievement Award winners are being acknowledged right now, including Oklahoma native Patti Page. The pop/country icon died Jan. 1 and unfortunately didn’t get to receive the award herself. To read my interview with Patti’s sister, who was to accept the award on her behalf, click here.

Dr. John accepts the award for best blues album for "Locked Down" during the pre-telecast at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Dr. John accepts the award for best blues album for "Locked Down" during the pre-telecast at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

8:49: Kat Dennings of “Two Broke Girls” is introducing The Black Keys to give a special Big Easy-licious performance of their Grammy-winning hit “Lonely Boy” featuring Dr. John and and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Now THIS is a Grammy moment.

Kelly Clarkson (AP file)
Kelly Clarkson (AP file)

8:53: Kelly Clarkson is going to pay musical tribute to Lifetime Achievement winners Patti Page and her hero Carole King. She’s belting Page’s gorgeous heartbreaker “Tennessee Waltz.” I’m so glad they’re doing this because Page, the Claremore native who became an icon, sure deserves it. Now, Clarkson is belting King’s “Natural Woman,” which the “American Idol” winner sang on the reality show back in the day. I love that they’re taking the time to honor these women because the entertainment industry doesn’t remember its elder stars nearly often enough.

8:56: Kelly and the honorees are getting a well-deserved standing ovation. Now, Kelly’s going to present the best country album, and there are lots of deserving nominees. But I’m rooting for Miranda!

Uncaged

Zac Brown Band

Label: Southern Ground/Atlantic

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

Label: Atlantic

Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran

Jamey Johnson

Label: Mercury Records

Four The Record

Miranda Lambert

Label: The RCA Records Label Nashville

The Time Jumpers

The Time Jumpers

Label: Rounder

Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band

8:59: Winner: Zac Brown Band. I’m surprised, and the beanie-less Zac seems to be surprised, too. He sounds a bit choked up as he goes through his thank yous, including thanking “my guys for always backing my play.” And the fans, of course. Country stars always, always thank their fans.

Bruno Mars (AP file)
Bruno Mars (AP file)

9:05: Cool J is encouraging people to get to their feet for the tribute to the late reggae star Bob Marley, and Bruno Mars is kicking it off with his usual high-energy performance. Even better, he’s soon joined by STING, who is singing and playing guitar to Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” Sting makes everything better and cooler and more musically delightful. Fact. If you don’t believe me, check out Adele singing along.

Sting (AP file)
Sting (AP file)

Now, Sting is breaking out The Police’s “Walking on the Move” while Bruno’s dances along enthusiastically.

It’s all got the most awesome vibe and then they cut to Chris Brown bobbing his head in the crowd. I’m sorry, I’ve declared this Grammys a Chris Brown-free zone.

There’s so much going on here on the stage with Rhianna – who decided the wardrobe memo didn’t apply to bare midriffs – plus Ziggy and Damien and Marley singing Bob Marley’s famous “Could You Be Loved.” To paraphrase Oklahoma philosopher Sweet Brown: Ain’t nobody got time for Chris Brown so stop showing him!

From left, Ben Wahamaki, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek, Wesley Schultz and Stelth Ulvang, of the musical group "The Lumineers," arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
From left, Ben Wahamaki, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek, Wesley Schultz and Stelth Ulvang, of the musical group "The Lumineers," arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

9:18: Cool J: “You know what I love about this show? Our introductions to performances can be performances?” He then kicks it over to best new artist nominees The Lumineers to sing their infectious “Hey Ho.” They’ve got Melissa Etheridge singing along and Taylor Swift dancing and singing along and Hunter Hayes nodding along. I’ll admit, I sing along to this song, but it’s not that hard to sing to. It’s catchy, but really, I would rather see Oklahoman John Fullbright rocking everybody’s face off with just his guitar, harmonica and voice. I mean, did you see him in the Pre-Telecast Ceremony? Do it here and NOW.

Jack White (AP file)
Jack White (AP file)

9:20: The Lumineers are sending it over to Jack White and a bunch of fetching and talented ladies. Only this man could wear a peacock motif jacket and a pageboy haircut and still reduce me to a puddle with his performance of “Love Interruption” – before he even gets to that crazy-cool guitar solo thing he does so well. That, my friends, is the power of rock ‘n’ roll.

9:26: Now, he’s got an all-guy band to rock even harder to “Freedom at 21.” Well-deserved standing O for Jack White! His Nudie suit alone deserves it, to say nothing of his mad guitar skills.

9:27: Katy Perry, who looks pretty in her pistachio-green dress, is going to present best new artist, which she says is her favorite award. She assures those who don’t win “I was never even nominated and I have my own eyelash line. So take that Bon Iver.” HA!

The noms are:

Alabama Shakes

Fun.

Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean

Musical group fun., from left, Jack Antonoff, Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Musical group fun., from left, Jack Antonoff, Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

9:28: Winner: fun. They win after 12 years of playing together. That’s Grammys logic for you.

And after Kelly Clarkson, Nate is my favorite speechmaker. He said he didn’t expect they would win, so he really has to pee and is going to defer to his bandmates. Funny and classy.

9:34: The very talented young country star Hunter Hayes is behind his piano crooning his hit “Wanted.” It’s one of those performances as introduction as his sending it over to six-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood, with whom he’s been touring for the past year. Carrie looks luminous in a grand silver gown as she sings a slowed-down rendition of her smash “Blown Away.”

Carrie Underwood (AP file)
Carrie Underwood (AP file)

Now, she’s switching to her new hit “Two Black Cadillacs,” and it turns out her silver gown is actually a high-tech canvas as projections of fleur-de-lis, swirls and roses appear on her dress. Very, very cool. As she hits the final big notes of her new single, the butterfly projected on her gown turns into a swarm of beautiful bugs that flies off. She gets a standing O. I like it very much!

9:40: Cool J introduces “the artist forever known as Prince,” who is carrying a silver walking stick, wearing the coolest black hoodie on the planet and wowing the entire crowd. He’s going to present record of the year:

Lonely Boy

The Black Keys

The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer

Track from: El Camino

Label: Nonesuch

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Kelly Clarkson

Greg Kurstin, producer; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

Label: RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited

We Are Young

Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe

Jeff Bhasker, producer; Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson, Ken Lewis, Pawel Sek & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

Track from: Some Nights

Label: Fueled By Ramen

Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden, mastering engineer

Track from: Making Mirrors

Label: Universal Republic

Thinkin Bout You

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean & Shea Taylor, producers; Jeff Ellis, Mark “Spike” Stent, Pat Thrall & Marcos Tovar, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer

Track from: Channel Orange

Label: Def Jam

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Taylor Swift

Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, producers; Serban Ghenea, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert & John Hanes, engineer/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer

Label: Big Machine Records

Gotye, left, and Kimbra accept the award for best pop duo/group performance for "Somebody That I Used to Know" during the pre-telecast at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Gotye, left, and Kimbra accept the award for best pop duo/group performance for "Somebody That I Used to Know" during the pre-telecast at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

9:41: Winner: Gotye not only gets a Grammy, he gets to receive it from Prince, who said “Oh, I love this song” as he opened the envelope. Gotye and Kimbra look a little bit stunned, and the winner even says “I’m a little bit lost for words,” then thanks for Prince for being one of his inspirations.

“All musicians and people that listen to music: cheers,” Gotye adds.

Dave Brubeck (AP file)
Dave Brubeck (AP file)

9:49: Now, we’re getting jazzy in here. Three-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke, current nominee Chick Corea and current nominee Kenny Garrett are paying tribute to Dave Brubeck with his iconic classic “Take Five.”

9:50: The Recording Academy Chairman Neil Portnow and honorary Grammy Foundation Chairman Ryan Seacrest are talking about the work the foundation does. Before it gets too boring, Timberlake joins them onstage to declare this “best Grammys ever.” He makes everything cooler as he pays tribute to “teachers, the unsung heroes of our community.” Next year, there will be a music educator award for classroom teachers from kindergarten to college given out during Grammy Week. Cool.

9:54: They’re leading right into the “In Memoriam” segment, honoring those who died in the past year, including Brubeck, Oklahoma native Patti Page, Andy Griffith, Dick Clark, Marvin Hamlisch, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Patty Andrews, Jenni Rivera, Kitty Wells, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Joe South, Ravi Shankar, Adam Yauch and Levon Helm.

Levon Helm (AP file)
Levon Helm (AP file)

9:57: They’re closing the “In Memoriam” segment with a tribute to Levon Helm that Elton John is dedicating to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Along with Sir Elton, Zac Brown, T Bone Burnett, Mumford & Sons, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes are performing “The Weight.” But the show stealer for this performance is Mavis Staples of the Staples Sisters. What a voice. Hugs from Sir Elton John, cheers from the Mumfords and the standing ovation from the star-studded crowd: all well-deserved.

Colombian singer Juanes arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Colombian singer Juanes arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

10:09: Latin star Juanes has his acoustic guitar to pay homage to Sir Elton John, whose first album was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame this year. He’s giving a warm and lovely English-Spanish rendition of “Your Song.” Another tuneful and interesting Grammy moment. I don’t know if I agree with Timberlake that it’s the best Grammys ever, but it’s been a pretty good show.

Frank Ocean arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Frank Ocean arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

10:11 Juanes is kicking it over to breakout rap star Frank Ocean, who is making his Grammy debut performing his “Forrest Gump.” I love the yellow suit, the special effects with the screen simulating him running as he plays keyboard, and I especially love that he borrowed Zac Brown’s beanie. Bringing beanie back, baby! It wasn’t a perfect performance, but that voice is still smooth like butter. And now he’s whistling away.

10:15: Last year’s winner Adele jokes that most album of the year winners go on to embark on huge tours and achieve even more success, “or they get knocked up like last year’s winner.” Doesn’t seem like it’s slowed her down a bit. She’s going to give album of the year to one of these diverse winners:

El Camino

The Black Keys

The Black Keys & Danger Mouse, producers; Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer

Label: Nonesuch

Some Nights

Fun.

Janelle Monáe, featured artist; Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One & TommyD, producers; Jeff Bhasker, Pete Bischoff, Jeff Chestek, Rich Costey, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Ken Lewis, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar, Pawel Sek & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

Label: Fueled By Ramen

Babel

Mumford & Sons

Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Label: Glassnote

Channel Orange

Frank Ocean

André 3000, John Mayer, Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler, The Creator, featured artists; Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Pharrell & Shea Taylor, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om’Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Ken Oriole, Philip Scott, Mark “Spike” Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer

Label: Def Jam

Blunderbuss

Jack White

Jack White, producer; Vance Powell & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Label: Third Man/Columbia Records

From left, Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Country WInston and Ted Dwane, of musical group Mumford & Sons, arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
From left, Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Country WInston and Ted Dwane, of musical group Mumford & Sons, arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

10:17: Winner: Mumford & Sons for “Babel.” Not sure what they had to say at the outset because they got bleeped. But they’re paying compliments to their fellow nominees and noting it’s a thrill to receive the award from a fellow Brit.

10:18: In a case there was any doubt that this show is less about awards than about performances to promote new albums and singles, they’ve given the last award of the night but LL Cool J is coming back for a star-studded performance. BTW, he has a new album coming out Tuesday. Shocking, I kno

LL Cool J arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)
LL Cool J arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP)

10:25: “By day, I do a little hosting, I do a little acting, but by night, I do a little rapping.” He’s got Chuck D, Tom Morello, Z Trip and Travis Barker to help him out with his closing performance. I’ve always liked Cool J and it’s so, so good to see him rapping again. The jacket is off and the rage is on for Cool J.

10:27: A Beastie Boys shoutout for the Grammys win! Cool J just worked a little bit of “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” in and gave a special RIP in honor of MCA. Love that!

10:29: And that’s a wrap on the Grammys, folks. Good night and drive safely. I’ll add a few more photos to this after I turn my print story in, and look for my follow-up coverage tomorrow. Good night!

-BAM

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by Brandy McDonnell
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Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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