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As of right now, 20 of the 25 entries on Google’s Hot Trends list—which tracks the “fastest-rising search queries in the U.S.”—are about music. And all of them seem to be Grammy-related: “blink 182 back together,” “m.i.a. pregnant,” “static major,” “raising sand,” and so on. Look back at, say, Sept. 8, the day after the VMAs, and there are only four music-related search terms, surrounded by the usual mix of politics, sports, and TV stories. Does that mean, then, that the Grammys’ seemingly ridiculous strategy of only televising ten awards and filling the rest of the telecast’s three and a half hours with live music actually made people interested in music?
Welcome to Idolator’s liveblog of the 2009 Grammy Awards, a year in which there will be more spectacle and less award-doling than ever. Well, at least it seems that way: The 3 1/2-hour telecast will have no more than 10 brass gramophones handed out during its running time, presumably because the music industry decided that what it really needed to give it a shot in the arm was a slightly more pretentious version of the Video Music Awards. (And yes, that is Paul McCartney being That Guy—or rather, the Bret Michaels-pioneered variation on That Guy who wears a shirt advertising his own projects—above.) Full minute-by-minute coverage after the jump!
Winners from the 2009 Grammy Awards, presented Sunday night in Los Angeles:
Changing course from an earlier tirade in which he said that a reunion of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Jason Bonham, and an unidentified lead singer would happen and be good for the economy, Led Zeppelin manager Peter Mensch is now saying that all plans for any sort of cash-in tour or album are completely off the table: “Led Zeppelin are over! If you didn’t see them in 2007 [when they played a one-off reunion at London’s O2 Arena], you missed them. It’s done. I can’t be any clearer than that.”
Led Zeppelin manager Peter Mensch talked to the BBC about the possibility of the band reuniting without lead singer Robert Plant (and maybe without the name Led Zeppelin), and told the Beeb that the probability of a tour, as well as an album, is pretty high should the remaining members find an appropriate lead singer. And if you have a problem with that, well, you’re nothing more than a Scrooge McDuck who is looking to deprive others of income during a global economic downturn.
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