Live Blog: The 2011 Grammy Awards

Feb 13th, 2011 // 68 Comments

The day of the 53rd Grammy Awards is finally here, and we’re live-blogging all the pop action, spectacular performances and general musical mayhem below the jump. Give yourself a refresh on the nominees up for golden statues this time around right here. All week long we threw out our thoughts on who will win and who should win in several areas tonight—Album, Song and Record Of The Year, Best New Artist and all the Pop categories. Will our predictions come true? Should we have our noggins examined by an analyst ASAP? Whatever the case may be, make sure you follow our live blog below! And we promise that if you bring the popcorn, we’ll bring the sass.

8:02 p.m. Here we go, Grammy viewers! LL Cool J introducing Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride‘s tribute to Aretha Franklin.

8:03 p.m. Oh, and P.S. — Aretha Franklin is—AHEM!!— still alive.

8:07 p.m. So far the ladies are killing it. But anyone else finding it LOL-worthy seeing Xtina do backup while the other girls sing?

8:08 p.m. Florence is beautiful, talented and kind of on her own planet.

8:11 p.m. That’s right, ladies — you’d better be doing “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves.” If they tackle “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),” we’ll start speaking in tongues!

8:14 p.m. The Queen Of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, thanks Grammy, and looks amazing. AND, she promises to be there live next year. Let’s hope she brings back the “Obama Inauguration hat”!

8:20 p.m. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A POP DUO OR GROUP: “Hey Soul Sister (Live)” by Train.

8:23 p.m. Here we go — Ricky Martin introducing Lady Gaga, who’s lunging out of her alien pod to do her first live performance of iTunes #1 single “Born This Way.”

8:25 p.m. Gaga & Co. appear to be wearing body condoms. P.S. This song has completely grown on us like a fungus over the weekend.

8:27 p.m. Who thinks “Born This Way” is going to become the 1000th #1 single on the Hot 100 this coming Thursday?

8:33 p.m. Miranda Lambert is rockin’ some hot-ass heels for her performance of “The House That Built Me.” Oh, and her voice sounds nice, too.

8:38 p.m. Lenny Kravitz with a buzzcut (while introducing Muse) is throwing our entire universe into chaos!

8:41 p.m. We’re 41 minutes into the Grammy Awards, and only one award has been given out? And Muse is still playing “Uprising”??

8:49 p.m. Ryan Seacrest is introducing a joint performance by Bruno Mars, B.o.B and Janelle Monae. How the EFF WORD is Janelle the only one who hasn’t had a major hit in that trio?? Hopefully this gig changes that…

8:51 p.m. Bruno and Janelle are competing for most sky-high bangs!

8:53 p.m. Rad ’60s-soul-esque performance of “Grenade” by Bruno Mars. The song was already #1 on the Hot 100 for 4 weeks, so thankfully he switched up the arrangement.

8:55 p.m. Janelle just stole The Grammys (so far), the way Florence stole the MTV VMAs last fall!

8:58 p.m. About time! Another award. BEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL: “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert

9:06 p.m. Eva Longoria is introducing Justin Bieber. Wonder if that little horndog pinched her ass yet backstage? BTW, props to the Bieb for Never Say Never grossing $30 mill opening weekend.

9:07 p.m. The Biebz brought out a ninja marching band!

9:09 p.m. Oh, Bieb—”Never Say Never” just ain’t the same without Jaden. Ooooops! Spoke too soon —  there’s the Fresh Prince heir!

9:11 p.m. Usher = O-o-o-o! O-o-o-o! Auto-o-o-o! Tune!

9:13 p.m. Well, Paramore‘s in the house, minus the recently-departed Farro bros. The band is introducing Best Rock Album.

9:15 p.m. BEST ROCK ALBUM: The Resistance by Muse.

9:22 p.m. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM: The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga. Woo Hoo! She gave presenter Donnie Wahlberg a big hug when accepting. Remember she opened for NKOTB on tour in 2008?

9:26 p.m. David Letterman introduces Mumford & Sons with a Top 10 list that was not nearly as funny as watching M&S collectively bounce up and down while performing.

9:29 p.m. Question of the night: did Bob Dylan gargle with Ajax backstage before his performance with Mumford and the Avett Brothers, or was it thumbtacks?

9:33 p.m. Hey, I can vomit up a hairball on stage, too, if there’s a standing ovation involved.

9:41 p.m. Best Country Song winners Lady Antebellum paying tribute to Teddy Pendergrass — who sadly died last January — by singing the chorus of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” Wish they would have done the whole song.

9:45 p.m. No surprise here… BEST COUNTRY ALBUM: Need You Now by Lady Antebellum, who are giving major props to their producer Paul Worley (on stage with them).

9:47 p.m. HOLY SHHHHHH!!! Cee Lo and the spacy Jim Henson puppets have the best set/costumes/overall swag ever!!!

9:49 p.m. Gwyneth is pretty dressed-down in a black catsuit compared to Cee Lo‘s galactic peacock drag.

9: 50 p.m. Cee Lo and Gwyneth stole the night so far! BTW, “Fuck You” won Best Urban/Alternative Performance earlier during the pre-telecast. It’s also up for Song and Record Of The Year.

9:57 p.m. Uh, oh. Katy Perry is singing…live.

10:00 p.m. Super close-up on Nicole Kidman singing along to “Teenage Dream” in the audience. She probably sounded better than Katy.

10:02 p.m. John Mayer, Norah Jones and Keith Urban doing Dolly‘s “Jolene.” Odd combo, flawless performance!

10:05 p.m. SONG OF THE YEAR: “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum

10:12 p.m. Time for “Love The Way You Lie” performance. Rihanna looks beautiful, even though she’s apparently got four different ripped dresses on.

10:15 p.m. Wanna bet whether Eminem pops a vein in his neck or forehead first?

10:16 p.m. We just witnessed Skylar Grey‘s first televised performance, doing the chorus to Dr. Dre & Em‘s “I Need A Doctor.”

10:18 p.m. Not only is Dre back, he said “ass crack” on live TV.

10:21 p.m. BEST NEW ARTIST: Esperanza Spalding

10:32 p.m. In Memoriam time. Big ups to Lena Horne, Alex Chilton, Solomon Burke, Teena Marie, Malcolm McLaren and Eddie Fisher.

10:37 p.m. Mick Jagger doing tribute performance for Solomon Burke. The man has more energy at 67 than we do at, er, 21.

10:40 p.m. Mick Jagger—now that is how you perform at the Grammys. Well, that and Cee Lo.

10:46 p.m. Kris Kristofferson (tipsy?) introducing his A Star Is Born co-star Barbra Streisand, and Babs is doing “Evergreen”—while wearing a very Stevie Nicks-esque dress.

10:51 p.m. Nicki Minaj‘s hair alone is taller than her Best Rap Album co-presenter will.i.am.

10:53 p.m. BEST RAP ALBUM: Recovery, Eminem

10:59 p.m. Diddy looked/sounded properly smashed while introducing Rihanna and Drake. P.S. “What’s My Name”? Still not sick of this jam!

11:00 p.m. FYI, Rihanna won Best Dance Recording earlier today during the pre-telecast, for “Only Girl (In The World).”

11:02 p.m. How cute — Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony tried to be funny while introducing Record Of The Year nominees.

11:05 p.m. RECORD OF THE YEAR: “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum. Dammit! We had our predictions for Record and Song Of The Year switched. We seriously have to stop drinking on the job.

11:14 p.m. And speaking of getting crocked, the strobe effects during Arcade Fire‘s performance are going to give me a seizure. Wouldn’t it be great if Nicki Minaj threw her wig on stage in front of those cyclists and yelled, “SPEED BUMP”?

11:22 p.m. Babs and Kris are back to introduce Album Of The Year. Who’s it going to be?

11:24 p.m. WOW. Major upset. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire. Now Eminem has every right to look angry.

11:31 p.m. A lot to process! Thanks so much for hanging out during the 53rd Grammy Awards with us! Be sure to check out all the performances here, and our galleries of Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and Hayley Williams on the red carpet.

  1. I liked the Lindsay Lohan jab.

    And I liked the use of all those instruments.

  2. Derek

    Yeah Dolly!!! Lifetime achievement!!! Also, I watched GaGa’s performance on YouTube again and I think I may have been too hasty in saying most of it was lip synched. You can hear in the chorus a lot of differences and some pauses for breath. Maybe she was just using backing tracks for some of the opening lines to the verses?

    Hillary from Lady A looks so different with bangs!!! She looks great though. And Charles has his usual gruff look going on.

  3. Lady Antebellum never disappoint.

  4. Derek

    That’s what I get for reading what the masses are saying on Twitter while watching ;) She’s just that good live!! As for Charles, yes indeed. Well deserved album win as well, although I wouldn’t have minded if Miranda Lambert won.

    Cee-Lo’s outfit is awesome. Great touch with the muppets, and Gwyneth was, as usual, fantastic. I’m looking forward to her being on Glee again.

  5. Ceelo Green performing one of my favorite songs!

    That performance was amaze-balls! Fun and quirky OMG it may be my Favorite of the night.

    Forget you and forget her too!

    Go Gwyneth, loved it all.

  6. Holy crap, someone actually said amazeballs. that made me vomit.

  7. Derek

    Great Katy Perry performance!! I love this song!!! I’m so glad she’s singing it. I really hope she wins something tonight. She deserves it. She has the voice to back up some great music.

  8. Derek

    I should have specified that I was talking about “Not Like the Movies”

  9. Katy Perry came prepared vocally, extremely impressed with her vocal work. The visual presentation was spectacular along with the fact that she herself looked stunning

    I underestimated her to say the least I loved all of it and she excelled with her Teenage Dream bit.

  10. poor gaga upstaged by ceelo and muppets – love

  11. katy perry – supporting Robyn this summer! ha!

      • It really should be!! A reviewer of one of her shows said that “the mystery deepens” – the mystery being why Robyn isn’t the biggest pop star on the planet. She’s doing all of the songs from Body Talk Part 3 on her tour right now and the crowds go absolutely nuts! She has so much energy. It’s fantastic.

        • I saw her last week at Radio City. It was incredible. All 7000 antendees were dancing and singing every word to every song. I was so proud of my little Swede. Before the encore she announced that it was the largest attendance she had played to as a headliner. We all got misty and the she busted it out and we danced our asses off!

          • Wow, that must have been so awesome!! I thought 2000 people were loud when I saw her a couple weeks ago, 7000 must have been great. Especially since they’d all be actual fans instead of casual concert-goers.

  12. Derek

    That was a great performance of Jolene. Too bad Dolly wasn’t there. Well deserved win by Lady Antebellum as well.

  13. Wow, Rihanna looks great! I really like the version of Love the Way You Lie on her album. This other girl singing with Eminem is also good. Anyone know who it is? I don’t remember it from the intros.

  14. Em, Rihanna, Skylar Dre. A job well done.

  15. Esperanza Spalding acceptance speech was the most striking and heartwarming of the night

  16. has anyone listened to the Need You Now lyrics? (it just won the songwriting award) The most woman-hating lyrics written in years. She answers a bootycall because it’s better to feel pain than to feel nothing? Jesus, that is hideous.

  17. Mick Jagger slayed.

  18. Barbra = INCREDIBLE!! That is all.

  19. Eminem was trying to hard to go for that, hard look, when the cameras panned to him before he won lol, Beyonce looked great did she not walk the red carpet?

  20. JV

    Was streisand lip synching??? It looked like she dropped her mic a couple seconds before her last note finished.

  21. The start of Rihanna’s performance I thought it was going to be something to remember, sadly it was not, that outfit was extremely un-flattering, she tried to put on a show but really it wasn’t working.

    • Yeah. I wish she would have done a medley of her songs like she did at the AMAs (at least I think it was at the AMAs. It may be something from the UK that I’m thinking of if not)

  22. I liked Arcade Fire’s performance even though it seemed to have just a bit too much production with all the seizure inducing flashing lights.

  23. A Nicki Minaj speed bump would have been hilarious! It would have made those 4 minutes or so worth watching. I expected more from a performance using the full stage. Especially when you consider Beyonce’s full stage performance last year. Maybe their goal was to blind everyone at the Staples Centre.

  24. Arcade Fire for album of the year… Blindsided.

  25. Thanks so much for playing, guys! Catch ya tomorrow

  26. I had a fun time live commenting with you guys :)

  27. ZMH

    i think i never succeeded in sending out a comment using my cell. oh well :(

  28. I don’t understand the deal behind hiding Skylar Grey’s face. her myspace/facebook fan pages are full of images where she’s covering her face with her hair, and even in her first televised appearance she was kept in shadow. She’s going to hit it big soon, since she’s had many hits with other stars – Love the way you lie, Coming home, etc. and she has a lot of talent. But this “I’m the mysterious skylar grey” shtick seems a little gimmicky. Just do an image search for Holly Brook and you can see what she looks like.

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