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Live blog: 2014 Grammy Awards

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: January 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm •  Published: January 26, 2014
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LL Cool J (AP file)
LL Cool J (AP file)

7:00 p.m.: So far, Music’s Biggest Night has not been golden for the Oklahoma nominees, with the musicians with Sooner State ties going 0-5. Here’s the breakdown. Basically, Blake Shelton and his album of the year nomination, you’re our only hope. But even if the Okies lose across the board, the performer lineup is among the most intriguing I’ve seen in quite a few years of covering the Grammys

7:02: You know it’s a strong lineup when the Grammys are opening with a crowd-pleaser like Beyonce. Clad in a sparkily black leotard, fishnet tights and towering heels, she’s sexily draping herself over the chair to croon “Drunk in Love” as theatrical fog wafts and trippy lights flash. I keep losing sound, but I can’t tell if she’s got the censors hot-button nervous or if there’s a problem with the sound.

Beyonce (AP file)
Beyonce (AP file)

7:05: Her comes Jay Z, dressed in a classy tuxedo (rather than an upscale hooker outfit) to rap with his wife. It’s going to take a couple of Beatles and maybe a member of Fleetwood Mac to get more music power in this show: Good thing they’re on the list, too. We’ve got a standing O already, and I love the cut to fellow power couple Blake and Miranda Lambert clapping enthusiastically. And we’re 7 minutes in and we’ve already cut once to Taylor Swift’s in the audience shot. Who had 7 minutes in the pool?

7:08: LL Cool J always does such a nice job of sincerely extolling what makes music such a great force in our lives, while reminding us that before he was an actor, he was a music man and shouting out to the hot nominees and performers on the lineup. He’s smooth.

7:11: Anna Kendrick (with the sexy peekaboo cutouts and starbursts on her pale gown) and Pharrell Williams (in the coolest hat in the room) are going to present the first award, for best new artist. Will Macklemore & Ryan Lewis clean up like they did in the pre-telecast? I’m rooting for Kacey Musgraves because she’s bring awesomeness and women and authenticity back to country, but we shall see:

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (AP file)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (AP file)

7:13: Winner: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The streak continues. Apparently, it’s true: The ceiling can’t hold them. (Sorry I’m not sorry.) They’re shouting out to all the fans that were their fans before all the hits and awards shows and media attention. They’re noting that they made the album independently without a record label, so they’re thankful for all the support they’re received outside the system.

Lorde (AP file)
Lorde (AP file)

7:15: LL is noting that the Grammys always have room for “legends in the making,” and he’s introducing a performance by hot new New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, who’s going to perform her Grammy-nominated breakthrough hit “Royals.” I prefer her hair curly to straightened, but to me Lorde is much more mesmerizing in a white sleeveless top and black pants doing her jerky little dance than Beyonce was writhing on a chair. It’s so compelling all stripped-down, and she’s getting a standing O. I just love it that her voice and songwriting talent is making her a star rather than an eagerness to dress like a sex robot.

Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes

7:25: Young country star Hunter Hayes is debuting a new song that LL Cool J is encouraging the kids at home to listen to. It’s called “Invisible” and it’s about feeling like an outcast and encourages people to not afraid to be different. Now he’s leaving the piano to belt out this anti-bullying anthem against a black backdrop with inspirational/relatable quotes from famed folks like John Lennon, Steve Jobs and Johnny Depp. Apparently, the stage setting and dress code trend tonight is black and white. I’m ready for a little color.

7:29: CBS homer alert: Anna Faris joins Juanes in presenting best pop duo/group performance:

Get Lucky

Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Track from: Random Access Memories

Label: Columbia Records

Just Give Me A Reason

 

Pink Featuring Nate Ruess

Track from: The Truth About Love

Label: RCA Records

Stay

 

Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko

Label: Def Jam Records

Blurred Lines

 

Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

Track from: Blurred Lines

Label: Star Trak/ Interscope

Suit & Tie

 

Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

Track from: The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience

Label: RCA Records

Daft Punk (AP file)
Daft Punk (AP file)

7:30: Winner: “Get Lucky.” The song of the summer wins the Grammy, and no, the Daft Punk guys will not be delivering the speech. They’re referring to Pharrell Williams: “On the behalf of the robots, I’d just like to say, man, first of all, thank you, thank you, thank you.” He’s noting how stiff the competition was and giving a much-deserved shout-out to Niles Rodgers. “Of course, they want to thank their families,” he says of Daft Punk. I think he got the robots to laugh! How can you really tell though?

Katy Perry (AP file)
Katy Perry (AP file)

7:32: “Philomena” star Steve Coogan is joking that the Grammys had the choice of reuniting two of the Beatles or all of the Jonas Brothers and he gets a pretty big laugh. He’s working a few more quick one-liners before introducing Katy Perry’s performance of her latest hit “Dark Horse.” She’s emerging in a kind of crystal ball, with more stage fog and more black and white color scheming. Oh, wait, he’s at least got a few red criss-crosses on her bodice, and the weird fake horse has red eyes. Katy is dancing with risque goth mimes, and Juicy J is wrapping in dark sunglasses. Mimes and stage fog and fire are all involved, but I’m just not feeling fired up by this performance.

 

7:42: They’re aiming for a Grammy moment with Chicago – whose first album “Chicago Transit Authority” was recently put in the Grammy Hall of Fame -  and “Blurred Lines” star Robin Thicke performing together. As weird as it sounds, this show definitely could use some jazzing up. For all the star power and sexy outfits and witchy ways, I’ve not been blown away by much, although I did appreciate the youngsters, Lorde and Hunter Hayes. It’s a medley – “Saturday in the Park” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is” naturally are included – which I’m not normally a fan of, but kudos to Robin Thicke for showing that he’s got a fantastic crooner voice and even tickling a few ivories. I’m enjoying this much more than I ever anticipated.

7:46: Now, here comes the worrisome part – Chicago playing “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke. I will never be a fan of this nasty-minded ear worm, but I gotta admit, it sounds better than ever with some jazzy horns. Thankfully, Miley Cyrus did not come in like a “Wrecking Ball.” Another standing O. Well-deserved.

Keith Urban (AP file)
Keith Urban (AP file)

7:48: We’re jumping straight to another stage for another interesting Grammy combo: Australian superstar Keith Urban (one of tonight’s notable snubs) jamming with R&B standout Gary Clark Jr. (who is already a winner tonight). What an incredible guitar showcase this is. Finally, we are straight jamming with this Grammys thing! This is Urban’s new single “Cop Car,” and if it sounds like that on the album, let me preorder now …

John Legend (AP file)
John Legend (AP file)

7:58: Now John Legend is tickling the ivories and crooning, which is never a bad thing. He’s doing his beautiful ballad “All of Me.” No gimmicks or craziness, he’s showing why he’s a nine-time Grammy winner. BUT, he’s doing it at a black piano. In a pale gray suit. In subdued lighting. This show really needs to be taken over by a hyperactive toddler with a 164 box of crayons. Color, I beg you.

8:01: Tulsa native Charlie Wilson – who, tragically has still not won a Grammy! – is taking the stage, and co-presenter Kevin Hart is taking a moment to get the crowd to give Uncle Charlie a much-deserved round of applause. Now, they’re going to present best rock song, and get a load of this crazy group of noms:

Ain’t Messin ‘Round

Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)

Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publisher: Hotwire Unlimited LLC

Cut Me Some Slack

Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)

Track from: Sound City – Real To Reel

Label: RCA Records / Roswell Records; Publishers: MPL Communications, Inc./M.J.-Twelve Music/Murky Slough Music/Kobalt Music/Ruthensmear Music/Bug Music

Doom And Gloom

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (The Rolling Stones)

Label: Universal Music Enterprises; Publisher: Promopub B.V.

God Is Dead?

Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath)

Track from: 13

Label: Vertigo/Republic; Publishers: Aston Music/Blizzard Music Limited/Valallen Music

Panic Station

Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

Label: Warner Bros. Records; Publisher: Warner Chappell

Paul McCartney (AP file)
Paul McCartney (AP file)

8:03: Winner: “Cut Me Some Slack,” and I love Paul McCartney’s cute, humble shrug. Dave Grohl is saying none of us would be here without Paul and Ringo, and his cohorts are quick to point out that none of us would be here without Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones. True. I love that there are so many great warhorses still making great music, alongside crazy-talented youngsters are Gary Clark Jr.

Taylor Swift (AP file)
Taylor Swift (AP file)

8:06: We’ve got another piano number, with Taylor Swift crooning her lovely ballad “All Too Well.” Again, no gimmicks and flashy lights or scantily clad backup dancers, just her doing that strange throwing her head back thing. She’s showing how far she’s come since she struggled to perform at these types of awards shows. BUT she’s in a pale gray dress. At a black piano. In subdued lighting. I’m begging you, Grammys, dump some chartreuse or fuchsia on this show! She’s getting a standing ovation, though. (To her credit, she leaves out the shocked you-really-love-me?! face, but I’m not sure I like her self-serious stare, either. )

Pink (AP file)
Pink (AP file)

8:16: Bruno Mars (who will be the halftime performer at the Super Bowl) is introducing Pink and Nate Ruess of fun. Pink is airborne again, singing her passionate ballad “Try” while spinning on black aerialist ropes in a black lacy leotard. She’s doing the splits, turning upside down and dropping to high-five the fans all while presumably singing. (I’m guessing she is actually singing live because she sometimes sounds breathless.) Yes, she did an aerial performance a few years ago, too, but it’s still crazy impressive that such a thing is even possible by a human.

8:19: Now, she’s doing some crazy acrobatic dancing with the super-cute guy from the “Try” video. In the meantime, in an alternate reality, a mustachioed Nate Ruess is in a dark purple suit belting his part of “Just Give Me a Reason” in front of a staid background of twinkle-light trees. Pink is quickly pulling on a long black skirt to join him in belting their power ballad. Definitely a strangely memorable performance. There’s some good singing involved, but it seems less about the music. Still, another standing O.

8:23: Miguel and Ariana Grande are going to present best solo pop performance, while showcasing fan-made music videos. Um, OK:

Brave

Sara Bareilles

Track from: The Blessed Unrest

Label: Epic Records

Royals

 

Lorde

Track from: Pure Heroine

Label: Universal Republic

When I Was Your Man

 

Bruno Mars

Track from: Unorthodox Jukebox

Label: Atlantic

Roar

 

Katy Perry

Label: Capitol

Mirrors

 

Justin Timberlake

Track from: The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience

Label: RCA Records

Lorde (AP file)
Lorde (AP file)

8:24: Winner: Lorde looks shocked that she beat such a star-studded lineup. Good for her! “Well, hello. This is the one thing that I did not expect the most about tonight. So thank you so much,” she says, thanking her competition for being inspiration. She ends with a sort of head-shaking reality check and then just grins and says again “thank you so much.”

 

8:30: Black Sabbath gets a standing O just for being here and still alive! So well-deserved. Despite Ozzy’s difficulties, they’re introducing Ringo Starr doing “Photograph.” It makes me smile from the opening bars. It’s amazing to think how much talent and charisma that just oozed out of every member of the Beatles. Fab Four indeed. He’s getting a standing O that includes Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon.

8:36: The hyperactive Jamie Foxx is trying out his British accent and says “There’s something in the air backstage.” I don’t think he’s joking people. Here are the nominations for best rap collaboration, which he is maybe sort of presenting:

Power Trip

J. Cole Featuring Miguel

Track from: Born Sinner

Label: Roc Nation/Columbia Records

Part II (On The Run)

 

Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé

Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail

Label: Roc Nation

Holy Grail

 

Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake

Track from: Magna Carta…Holy Grail

Label: Roc Nation

Now Or Never

 

Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige

Track from: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Label: TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records

Remember You

 

Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Track from: O.N.I.F.C.

Label: Rostrum/Atlantic

 

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

8:37: Winner: Jay Z and JT. Jay Z is hugging Jamie good-naturedly despite the actor’s comments about Beyonce’s sex appeal. Hova says, “I want to thank God a little bit for this award but mostly for Him and the universe for conspiring to put that beautiful light of a woman in my life.”  See guys, that’s how you get a lady like Beyonce. Then, he adds “I want to tell Blue Ivy, look Daddy’s got a gold sippy cup for you,” as he smilingly turns the Grammy on its side. Too cute.

 

Kendrick Lamar (AP file)
Kendrick Lamar (AP file)

8:44: 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Recordings. LL is shouting “Def Jam forever!” and “in that spirit,” he’s introducing a rock-rap collaboration: Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, together for the first time on stage anywhere. Could be interesting. They’re starting with Imagine Dragons’ Grammy-winning “Radioactive” – and I can’t help but notice they are all wearing white! At least there’s some red lights happening as Kendrick Lamar makes his entrance. There’s some great energy here, and we’ve got censored moments and lots of drumming and T Swift dancing in the front row. Thankfully, we’ve got others like Robin Thicke and Bey and Hova dancing since Swifty is super awkward at dancing. This is actually working together a lot better than I anticipated and it’s add some much-needed adrenaline to the show. Huge applause and a standing O.

Kacey Musgraves (AP file)
Kacey Musgraves (AP file)

8:51: Kacey Musgraves and her band are performing “Follow Your Arrow” in Nudie-inspired outfits with light-up boots and jackets and neon cacti! Finally some color! And it’s a great truly country performance and a weird – but weirdly effective – contrast to Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar. Love the song, love the performer, love the style. Overall, I love it!

8:55: What in the world are Deion Sanders and Thackerville resident Terry Bradshaw doing on my TV right now to advertise Pepsi and the Super Bowl halftime show? It’s got more got more stars than the Grammys – and it’s got Ditka. Yikes. This is more interesting than the Grammys – and a lot shorter.

Paul McCartney in 1964 (AP)
Paul McCartney in 1964 (AP)

9:00: “August: Osage County” actress Julia Roberts is giving us the details on the upcoming Grammys special honoring the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and introducing Grammy winner Paul McCartney performing with Ringo Starr on drums. This is so exciting! Macca’s at the piano playing his new song “Queenie Eye,” and the man has still got it. Seeing him live at the BOK Center was one of the highlights of my 2013, and he’s way past 64, but he still just oozes charm even through the TV screen. Everyone is on their feet grooving along – even Yoko is dancing! Paul and Ringo share a bow and a hug, and the crowd goes wild! Now that’s a Grammy moment.

9:05: Gloria Estefan and Mark Anthony are going over the producer of the year, nonclassical, nominees and confirming that, yes, Pharrell Williams did win. They’re going to present best pop vocal album (a category that debuted in 1968, when the Beatles won for “Sgt. Pepper”):

Paradise

Lana Del Rey

Label: Polydor UK / Interscope

Pure Heroine

 

Lorde

Label: Universal Republic

Unorthodox Jukebox

 

Bruno Mars

Label: Atlantic

Blurred Lines

 

Robin Thicke

Label: Star Trak / Interscope

The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience

 

Justin Timberlake

Label: RCA Records

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

9:07: Winner: Bruno Mars. He’s thinking the usual suspects, including his dad in the audience. He’s dedicating it to him mom. Awww …

9:08: Blake Shelton and social media correspondent Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) are taking a pic for Twitter, and Shelton’s performance with Merle Haggard, 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson is coming up!

Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard

9:15: We’re getting the quick run-through of the list of Grammy Lifetime Achievement winners, and “American Hustle” actor Jeremy Renner comes out in a cool gray suit to introduce the big country legends performance, starting with the remaining Highwaymen, Willie and Kris! It’s so great that they’re still with us!

9:17: Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton are joining them to sing “Okie from Muskogee!”  Blake just looks thrilled to be here listening to The Hag sing, but he’s doing a pretty excellent job himself. The crowd is clapping and on its feet and bobbing to the music with big smiles, but I notice that Keith Urban is one of the few that’s actually singing along. Most of them don’t seem to know the words as this fantastic foursome slips into “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,”  but they’re getting an education tonight. Love that appreciative standing ovation.

9:21: Martina McBride and Zac Brown take the stage and Martina says “Was that amazing or what?” before paying tribute to the late George Jones and Ray Price. Now, they’re going to present country album of the year. Go Blake!

Night Train

 

Jason Aldean

Label: Broken Bow Records

Two Lanes Of Freedom

 

Tim McGraw

Label: Big Machine Records

Same Trailer Different Park

 

Kacey Musgraves

Label: Mercury Records

Based On A True Story

 

Blake Shelton

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Red

Taylor Swift

Label: Big Machine Records

Kacey Musgraves (AP file)
Kacey Musgraves (AP file)

9:23: Winner: Kacey Musgraves. She looks completely stunned as she carefully navigates the steps. Taylor gets to her feet and graciously applauds. “Oh, my goodness,” she says. “I got to make a record that I poured myself into.” I’m sorry that no Okies were among the winners tonight, but I’m so happy for Kacey for the win!

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

9:25: “Bonjour people of Earth, I’m glad to announce we’re all about to get lucky,” declares Neil Patrick Harris. Daft Punk is about to give their second TV performance ever – with Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams (in a new weird hat, maybe because Arby’s already called him out for the last one on Twitter). “I’m gonna le freak out!” NPH says. Me too! What is it about this song that it never gets old?! The androids have changed into formal white outfits, and the group is working a little of Chic’s iconic “Le Freak” and Wonder’s “Another Star” into the mix. Everyone is the crowd is dancing as we finally get some color with the neon lighting up the stage. Two things I know from this: 1. Steven Tyler cannot dance. At all. 2. Stevie Wonder makes everything instantly cooler and better. Ginormous standing ovation and lots of cheering!

Carole King (AP file)
Carole King (AP file)

9:37: Cyndi Lauper has a Tony and Grammy but apparently cannot read a screen. She incompetently introduces Sara Bareilles and MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King, singing and playing at a pair of pianos. Bareilles looks like she’s having the time of her life performing her hit “Brave” with a music legend. You gotta love Carole King. What a gracious trailblazer.

9:40: I wish they’d keep playing together, but they’re going to present the song of the year Grammy now:

Just Give Me A Reason

Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)

Track from: The Truth About Love

Label: RCA Records; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./P!nk Inside Publishing/Way Above Music/Sony/ATV Songs LLC/WB Music Corp./FBR Music/Bearvon Music

Locked Out Of Heaven

Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Track from: Unorthodox Jukebox

Label: Atlantic; Publishers: Mars Force Songs, LLC/BMG Rights Management (US) LLC/BMG/Roc Nation Music/Music Famamanem LP/EMI April Music Inc./Toy Plane Music – Universal Music/Universal Music Corp.

Roar

Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)

Label: Capitol; Publishers: When I’m Rich You’ll Be My Bitch/Kasz Money Publishing/MXM/Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, Inc./Bonnie McKee Music/Where Da Kasz At?/Songs Of Pulse Recording/Oneirology Publishing/Prescription Songs

Royals

Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

Track from: Pure Heroine

Label: Universal Music; Publishers: Copyright Control/Sony ATV

Same Love

Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

Track from: The Heist

Label: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LLC; Publishers: Macklemore Publishing/Ryan Lewis Publishing

Lorde (AP file)
Lorde (AP file)

9:41: Winner: “Royals.” Another big win for Lorde. Between her and Steven Adams of the OKC Thunder, I’m declaring 2014 the year of the Kiwi!

Metallica (AP file)
Metallica (AP file)

9:49: Oscar favorite Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) is paying homage to the late Lou Reed with a bit of spoken word “Walk on the Wild Side” before introducing Metallica performing “One” with superstar pianist Lang Lang. This is a Grammy moment I’ve been looking forward to since I’m a fan of both. Flames are zipping across the stage with Lang Lang’s dynamic intro, and then the crowd cheers with the familiar opening notes of the Metallica classic. Of course, it’s not the first time that Metallica has merge metal and classical music, but this song is particularly suited for it.

9:55: After a lovely piano interlude, the crowd cheers as we thrash!

9:56: Kirk Hammett is wearing his Lou Reed T-shirt, and Lang Lang and James Hetfeld look they’re having a great time rocking out together. Fist bump between Kirk and Lang Lang at the end. Pharrell Williams was on his feet and clapping appreciatively for that. Not quite a standing O though. Disappointing, although not exactly a crowd pleaser.

9:58: Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson come out literally singing each other’s praises, and now they’re gonna present record of the year … to Daft Punk:

 

Get Lucky

 

Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers

Track from: Random Access Memories

Label: Columbia Records

Radioactive

 

Imagine Dragons

Alex Da Kid, producer; Manny Marroquin & Josh Mosser, engineers/mixers; Joe LaPorta, mastering engineer

Track from: Night Visions

Label: Kidinakorner/ Interscope

Royals

 

Lorde

Joel Little, producer; Joel Little, engineer/mixer; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer

Track from: Pure Heroine

Label: Universal Music

Locked Out Of Heaven

 

Bruno Mars

Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Mark Ronson & The Smeezingtons, producers; Alalal, Josh Blair, Wayne Gordon, Ari Levine, Manny Marroquin & Mark Ronson, engineers/mixers; David Kutch, mastering engineer

Track from: Unorthodox Jukebox

Label: Atlantic

Blurred Lines

 

Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

Pharrell, producer; Andrew Coleman & Tony Maserati, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer

Track from: Blurred Lines

Label: Star Trak/ Interscope

 

9:59: Yep. Winner: “Get Lucky.” Pharrell (back in his Arby’s hat) says “Smokey Robinson’s up here right now. I suppose the robots would like to thank … You know, I bet France is really proud of these guys right now. And one more time for the incredible Nile Rodgers. And God. And the people. Thank you, you guys. This has been incredible this year.” It must be hard to translate whatever version of French the robots speak through those helmets …

10:06: Queen Latifah is introducing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Trombone Shorty and Mary Lambert performing “Same Love,” and 33 couples – straight and gay – are going to get married in a group ceremony during this performance. I get what they’re trying to do and everything, but I just don’t know about getting married on TV between Metallica and Lang Lang and the Pharrell Williams translating the Daft Punk robots. It seems like you might not be taking it seriously.

Madonna (AP file)
Madonna (AP file)

10:11: Queen Latifah does the officiating, and the couples exchange their rings. Quite a few of them are shedding or wiping away tears, while others grin broadly. Madonna comes out in a white pantsuit, cowboy hat and cane – she uses a cane now? How old is this woman, Google? Only 55. She look older than McCartney up there – to sing “Open Your Heart to Me” as a marching band leads the 66-person wedding processional. Huge standing O from the crowd, and Katy Perry caught one of the bouquets.

10:19: Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, John Legend and Ryan Seacrest are honoring Kent Knappenberger, the winner of the first music educator award. He teaches in rural New York, which involves overseeing various choirs and handbell ensembles. Shoutout to teachers. GrammyMusicTeacher.com is where you can go to nominate a teacher for next year. The deadline is in mid-March.

10:22: Lang Lang is back (sans Metallica) to pay tribute to legendary pianist Van Cliburn and some of the other music greats we lost in 2013. It’s definitely been a night of great piano performances, but nobody could do it like Van Cliburn. What a great. Others mentioned paid homage here George Jones, Ray Price, Ray Manzarek, Chris Kelly, Annette Funicello, Mindy McCready, Sherman Halsey and Oklahoma native J.J. Cale.

10:26: The unusual pairing of Miranda Lambert and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong are paying tribute to Phil Everly with the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved.” They sound completely amazing harmonizing while Billie Joe strums his guitar. They look elegant in the black gown and black suit, and since it’s the end of the memorial segment, I’m going to forgo my usual black-and-white rant. Big applause for a lovely stripped-down performance. Well done there, Grammys.

10:34: Alicia Keys (and her cleavage), Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison – Grammy winners all – are going to present album of the year. Will it be another T-Swift surprise face? Another translated Daft Punk speech?

The Blessed Unrest

 

Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, producers; Jeremy Darby, Mark Endert & John O’Mahony, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer

Label: Epic Records

Random Access Memories

 

Daft Punk

Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams & Pharrell Williams, featured artists; Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers

Label: Columbia Records

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

 

Kendrick Lamar

Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock, Jay Z, MC Eiht & Anna Wise, featured artists; DJ Dahi, Hit-Boy, Skhye Hutch, Just Blaze, Like, Terrace Martin, Dawaun Parker, Pharrell, Rahki, Scoop DeVille, Sounwave, Jack Splash, Tabu, Tha Bizness, THC & T-Minus, producers; Derek Ali, Dee Brown, Andrew Coleman, Dr. Dre, James Hunt, Mauricio ‘Veto”" Iragorri, Mike Larson, Jared Scott, Jack Splash & Andrew Wright, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi & Brian ‘Big Bass”" Gardner, mastering engineers

Label: TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records

The Heist

 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Ab-Soul, Ben Bridwell, Ray Dalton, Eighty4 Fly, Hollis, Mary Lambert, Baffalo Madonna, Evan Roman, Schoolboy Q, Allen Stone, The Teaching & Wanz, featured artists; Ryan Lewis, producer; Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Amos Miller, Reed Ruddy & Pete Stewart, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Brian Gardner, mastering engineers

Label: Macklemore LLC

Red

 

Taylor Swift

Gary Lightbody & Ed Sheeran, featured artists; Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker & Dan Wilson, producers; Joe Baldridge, Sam Bell, Matt Bishop, Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Tyler Johnson, Jacknife Lee, Steve Marcantonio, Manny Marroquin, Justin Niebank, John Rausch, Eric Robinson, Pawel Sek, Jake Sinclair, Mark “”Spike”" Stent & Andy Thompson, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne & Hank Williams, mastering engineers

Label: Big Machine Records

Daft Punk (AP file)
Daft Punk (AP file)

10:37: Winner: Daft Punk. The robots give each other a very long hug. Niles Rodgers declares this “the most insane thing ever.” Paul Williams says when he was drinking, he used to see things that weren’t there, and once he gave up the bottle, a couple of robots called him up and asked to make an album with him. For guys who don’t talk, they sure give great acceptance speeches.

Lindsey Buckingham
Lindsey Buckingham

10:39: Well, pianos have been all the rage for most of the night, but the guitars are taking back the Grammys with this final performance featuring Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Dave Grohl doing NIN’s “Copy of A.” This rocks! Lindsey is pure awesomeness, and Dave always seems to have so much fun waling away on the drums.

10:44: Well, it always ends just about the time it gets good, but since it lasted 3 hours and 44 minutes, I’m ready to call the 2014 Grammys a wrap! Take care and thanks for reading!

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
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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