55th Grammy Award Winners
Feb 11, 2013 - The 55th annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night and The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Gyote and Fun came out as big winners during the gala event.
The Black Keys cleaned up with Dan Auerbach ending up with 4 trophies for 'Producer of The Year' and three Rock category wins with bandmate Patrick Carney.
Mumford & Sons surprisingly took home 'Album of the Year' for ‘Babel,’ while Gyote walked away with 'Record of the Year' Award for their smashing hit single "Somebody That I Used To Know", featuring Kimbra and finished with three awards.
Fun, the American indie pop band, picked up the award for 'Best New Artist' and 'Song of the Year' for ‘We Are Young’ featuring Janelle Monae.
Other winners in the event were Paul McCartney, Adele, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, among others.
Adele Wins Six Grammy Awards And Nicki Minaj Embarrasses Herself
Nicki Minaj, who I don't really consider a musician, presented a convoluted, silly performance. It was easily one of the most embarrassing performances in Grammy history. In it's very Lady Gaga-esque over-the-top attention seeking shtick Minjaj lip-synched through exorcism on stage to one of the worse songs ever recorded - "Roman Holiday." Hey Nicki, can you hear the sound of angry catholics at your door? Good luck with that!!
The Foo Fighters were also big winners with five Grammys. Lead singer Dave Grohl walked on stage and reminded the audience how the bands new album "Wasting Light" was recorded in his garage, the old fashioned way. He said, "The human element of making music is most important. Singing into a microphone, learning to play your instrument. It's not about being perfect. It's not about what goes on in a computer, but what goes on in here and what goes in here," as he pointed to his head and heart. The strange part was the Foo Fighters then performed in the Electronic dance music set of the
Kanye West, who had the most nominations at seven, picked up four Grammys.
Also a big congrats to Justin Vernon and his band Bon Iver who won Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album.
The night was filled with tributes including the reunited Beach Boys, Glen Campbell and, of course, Whitney Houston. Jennifer Hudson's rendition of the Dolly Parton penned "I Will Always Love You," a Whitney signature song, was breathtaking. Houston died yesterday in L.A.
There was a huge milestone for Alison Krauss who officially became the only living artist with 28 Grammy Awards. She surpassed Quincy Jones tonight by winning Best Bluegrass Album.
Unfortunately, Dave Koz did not win a Grammy tonight. He was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album for "Hello Tomorrow," Booker T Jones won it for his CD "The Road From Memphis."
The Best New Age album went to Pat Metheny (he must be so happy to be known as a New-Ager) for "What's It All About."
Best Improvised Jazz Solo was awarded to Chick Corea for "500 Miles High." He also won for his trio, Corea, Clarke and White, for Best Jazz Instrumental Album with the CD "Forever." Terri Lyne Carrington picked up Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Bela Fleck and Howard Levy were honored with Best Instrumental Composition
Your 54th Annual Grammy Awards Updates
LL Cool J, the nights MC, started his job by saying a prayer for Whitney Houston who died in L.A. yesterday. The reality of her death certainly hit hard when Whitney was featured on the giant screen singing "I Will Always Love You."
Bruno Mars showed his harder edge performing "Runaway Baby" from his "Doo - Wops & Hooligans" album.
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt did both the Blues and Etta James proud by performing the late music icon's great hit "Sunday Kind Of Love." The pair also gave out the nights first award "Best Pop Solo Performance" which was picked up by Adele and "Someone Like You."
Chris Brown, who famously almost lost his career and freedom a few years ago at the Grammy's after beating the crap out of Rhianna, performed next. He's as much of a great lip-syncher as he is a dancer. It was a great performance however.
Best Rap Performance goes to Jay-Z and Kanye West for Otis.
Jack Black introduced the sensational Foo Fighters who blew the roof off with their nominated "Walk." Best performance so far!
Coldplay and Rihanna shared the stage next. Well, at least Coldplay sounded good!
Best Rock Performance was picked up by Foo Fighters for "Walk."
Maroon 5 kicked off the Beach Boys tribute with "Surfer Girl." Foster the People did a great job of "Wouldn't It Be Nice." Then for their 50th Anniversary the reunited Beach Boys took to the stage to perform one of the most loved songs in pop history "Good Vibrations." It was classic!
It's an event when Paul McCartney does anything but having Paul perform with Diana Krall and the Eagles Joe Walsh, well, it doesn't get much more tasty than this. Paul performed his new Jazz single "My Valentine" followed by, of course, a standing ovation.
Chris Brown won "Best R&B Album" for F.A.M.E.
The Civil Wars seemed to upstage Taylor Swift with her kiddie-country music and her variation on a boy-done-me-wrong theme. God this girl's music is boring!
Song of the Year was won by Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." Everyone predicted this one!
"Own The Night" by Lady Antebellum was Top Country Album.
Adele's comback was complete when the talented singer took to the stage for her hit "Rolling In The Deep." After undergoing a throat operation there was no doubt tonight that her pipes were back! She also got a much deserved standing ovation. Maybe Lady Gaga learned something, probably not.
The Glen Campbell tribute was sensational with Blake Shelton, looking too uptight as usual, doing a cool version of "Southern Nights" and he also had the pleasure in introducing Campbell, who suffers from Alzheimer's. The music legend sang his signature "Rhinestone Cowboy." He received the recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Best New Artist was Wisconsin-bred band Bon Iver.
Gerry Rafferty was missing from the tributes of fallen music heroes that we lost in the last year and Dan Peek of the group America was also not mentioned. Jennifer Hudson did an amazing rendition of Whitney Houston's classic "I Will Always Love You." It was a vocal triumph and a fitting tribute to the wonderful voice that put Whitney on the map over and over in the eighties and nineties. Something that Hudson seemed to pull off tonight.
Drake introduced Nicki Minaj who served up the most embarrassing moment, that I can remember, in Grammy history. Her over-the-top badly theatrical lip-synched performance was hard to watch in that half-baked high school kind-of-way. As the cliche goes that's five minutes I can never get back!
Adele, again to no one's surprise, won Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
McCartney closed off the show with some Beatles classics. He was joined by Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. Could it get any better? Easily one of the best Grammy nights ever - minus Miss Minaj. - by John Beaudin
Where’s My Teeth – The Grammys - All Live? My Ass!
TV tried to make us believe that Beyonce actually washed her hair with L’oreal. Does she even touch her own hair? A couple of weeks ago I thought Jennifer Hudson, the nice comeback kid that she is was telling the truth. She, in a side-winding way, lied about singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Maybe she justified it since everyone else lied as well. More
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Get 5 Grammy’s
Interestingly, Plant won two previous Grammy’s before the ceremony but never as a member of Zeppelin.
The evening started with a performance by U2 whick clearly seemed lip-synched but unlike her crappy pre-taped Super Bowl anthem Jennifer Hudson brought many fans to tears and appeared to sing live. The Oscar winning actress also won her first ever Grammy for ‘Best R&B Album.’ "I want to thank my family in heaven and those who are with me today," said Hudson, and accepting the award from Whitney Houston who seemed to have a learning disability. When taking the stage Houston’s voice sounded rough and the singer had problems putting her thoughts together.
Just before the show rumours flew like firecrackers that Chris Brown had assaulted girlfriend Rihanna. No one seemed to know for sure if Brown was in custody but by shows end most of the ugly rumours were confirmed with charges against the singer.
Performances by Paul McCartney with Foo Fighters Dave Grohl on drums scored high points while Justine Timberlake’s lack of musical prowess was mostly embarrassing while singing next to Al Green. The stinky factor was pale in comparison to Stevie Wonder sharing the stage with the Jonas Brothers – What was he thinking?
Rapper Lil Wayne won four Grammys, Duffy won a Grammy for ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for ‘Rockferry.’
Coldplay won three Grammy’s while Joe Satriani was probably punching the wall. He is seeking legal action for plaigerism against the band. Coldplay’s ‘Viv La Vida’ was a huge hit last year.
English singer Adele saved us all from the Jonas Brothers being named ‘Best New Artist’ she graciously accepted the award. – by Kari Graham
Where's My Teeth? - Grammy’s Make Me Feel Old
Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominations
Coldplay got seven nominations and Jay-Z, Ne-Yo and Kane West each had six.
The popular ‘Album of the Year’ category included, Coldplay for "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends," Lil Wayne for "Tha Carter III," Ne-Yo for "Year of the Gentlemen," Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for "Raising Sand" and Radiohead for "In Rainbows.".
For 'Record of the Year', the nominees were: Adele for "Chasing Pavements," Coldplay for "Viva La Vida," Leona Lewis for "Bleeding Love," M.I.A. for "Paper Planes" and Plant & Krauss for "Please Read the Letter."
'Song of the Year' nominees include: "American Boy," by songwriters William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray and Kanye West; "Chasing Pavements" by songwriters Adele Adkins and Eg White; "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz; "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles; and "Viva La Vida" by songwriters Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin.
Best new artist nominees are, Adele, Duffy, t he Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum and Jazmine Sullivan received nominations.
The 'Pop Collaboration category with Vocals' nominees were: Alicia Keys and John Mayer for "Lessons Learned," Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland for "4 Minutes," Plant and Krauss for "Rich Woman," Rihanna and Maroon 5 for "If I Never See Your Face Again" and Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown for "No Air."
For 'Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals': Brooks & Dunn's "God Must Be Busy," Lady Antebellum's "Love Don't Live Here," Rascal Flatts' "Everyday," the SteelDrivers' "Blue Side of the Mountain" and Sugarland's "Stay.”
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 8, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and again broadcast on CBS. – by John Rohn
Foo Fighters and John Mayer Added to Grammy Nominations Concert
So far the bill includes Foo Fighters, John Mayer and B.B. King for the show at Nokia Theatre L.A. It will be broadcast on CBS. Hosts for the nominations show include Mariah Carey, LL Cool J and Taylor Swift.
Proceeds from the evening will go straight to the Grammy Museum in L.A.
The 2009 Grammy’s will be held Feb. 8. – by John Rohn
50th Grammy Awards - Plethora of Pretentious Divas
Also in the cringe hall of fame, Beyonce's derivitive Janet Jackcson cabaret intro to Tina Turner's tribute was like bad carrot-top kareoke but all was good once Turner took to the stage. Sure, Tina's voice is not what it used to be but she's earned her props.
Poor Dave Koz was part of the awkward Keely Smith tribute. Smith performed at the very first Grammy telecast and was paired up with every mother's nightmare, Kid Rock who asked the 75-year-old singer what she wanted to do, not once but twice Smith said, "Any thing you want me to do."…awkward! Koz as usual sounding fantastic and was a shining light at the awards.
Also props to Foo Fighters for their outdoors primal, riveting performance with "My Grammy Moment" winner Ann Marie Calhoun and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin serving as conductor. It's rare to hear a performance that actually makes you want to buy an album. That was certainly one of those.
Maybe someone will corral Alicia and Beyonce in a little room today and force the divas to actually watch their performance with honest eyes. I know, know, there's a better chance of Barack Obama winning a Grammy right? hey wait! - by John Beaudin - Story courtesy of Smooth Jazz Now.com