The Show Begins
The First Hour
A stunning Alicia Keys glammed up and did her thing on the keys, to technologically duet with Frank Sinatra’s ‘Learnin’ the Blues.’ Carrie Underwood showed us she watches a little bit of Jay-Z with her hip hop motions during her performance. Crowds still scream for Prince. In his red suit.
Alicia Keys received the first public award for “No One.”Best R&B Vocal Performance
RED CARPET UPDATE: Jill Scott is looking a HOT MESS, in what one blogger called a garbage bag. Baby, keep your singing coach, but FIRE YOUR STYLIST.
From E News:
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama beat out two former commanders in chief for one of Grammy night’s very first awards. During Sunday’s pretelecast ceremony, Obama’s audio recording of The Audacity of Hope overpowered audiobooks from Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter in the weirdly power-stacked Best Spoken Word Performance category.
Kanye West and Amy Winehouse, the two leading Grammy nominees and perhaps the night’s most compelling storylines, were among the early winners Sunday, taking three and two trophies respectively in the pre-telecast ceremony.
West won best rap solo performance for “Stronger,” best rap song for “Good Life” and best rap performance by a duo or group for his collaboration with Common on “Southside.” Winehouse won best pop vocal album for “Back to Black” and best female pop vocal.
Bruce Springsteen garnered three Grammys, including best rock song for “Radio Nowhere.” Other early winners included the White Stripes, Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige, who both had two each; Carrie Underwood, the Foo Fighters, Herbie Hancock and even Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for best spoken-word album.
Jimmy Jam and the Time made a re-apperance only to introduce Rihanna. Rihanna is stil trying to convince me that she will be here forever. My watch has stopped. Her hair is perfect for her non-singing at the Grammy’s. Since when did artists of her caliber get to perform at the Grammys. Is she really going to be like Mary J., Cyndi Lauper, or even the Time.
Even though I respect him greatly, I felt like Tom Hanks was an odd choice to introduce the very weird Beatles, Cirque interlaced tribute. But it was beautiful, but odd and dark.
Miley Circus is always cute. And who doesn’t love Cyndi Lauper. I was just as excited for Amy’s win! Black to Black rocked, but I felt like Cyndi let the cat out the bag. But you know, Amy’s been a hard one to handle. This is the second most anticipated performance of the night for me. Tina and Beyonce is the first one.
Jason Bateman hosted “My GRAMMY Moment 2008.” Instrumentalists across the web posted 60-second performance video for a chance of to play with Foo Fighters using YouTube — the official online partner. I love the chello! She was on point.