A Few Reasons We Are Excited To Liveblog The Grammys

Amrit Singh | February 6, 2009 - 6:21 pm

If you’ve had a reliable internet connection this month, you already know the story: This year you should actually watch the Grammys. We do the liveblog thing every year, but this boat is REAL. Earlier today we saw Lil Wayne read a bunch of tired jokes in Letterman’s 10 reasons to get psyched for the show. In terms of comedy it was a failblog, but in terms of creepiness it was a total triumphblog because as Gabe previously noted “there’s nothing creepier than a crazy person who speaks in complete sentences.” The Grammys don’t need Lil Wayne’s help, CBS: from that shockingly relevant nominee list and on, there are a bunch of good reasons to tune in and join us. Here are a few:

Save yourself YouTube-searching time on Monday and just watch all the performances as they happen.
This list is just silly: Radiohead, Coldplay, U2, Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, T.I., Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, M.I.A., Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Neil Diamond, Terence Blanchard, Robin Thick, Allen Toussaint, B.B. King with John Mayer & Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Rihanna, Estelle, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Adele, Sugarland and a Four Tops tribute with Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx and Duke Fakir. And that’s fresh.

Radiohead is maybe performing with the USC marching band?
From the moment they were announced as performers, the guessing game over what the band would play has raged. I feel like “All I Need” would be a good look, but then “House Of Cards” is the In Rainbows tune singled out for Best Rock Song award distinction. Meanwhile atease has been reporting a rumor of “15 Steps” with the USC marching band? Frankly I wouldn’t kick Radiohead doing “15 Steps” with the USC marching band out of bed. Or anything else, really.

UPDATE: OK, it’s official. “15 Step” with the marching band it is. Here’s your photo proof:


[Photo by John Shearer, more at Facebook via atease]

M.I.A. will give birth onstage maybe.
When she acknowledged “Paper Planes”‘ nomination for Record Of The Year via MayaSpace, Ms. Arulpragasam also noted that 2/8 also happened to be her baby’s due date. She’s coming anyway — to perform the “Paper Planes”-sampling “Swagga Like Us” with T.I., Jay-Z, Kanye, and Lil Wayne — and has acknowledged the excitement of the performance “might induce labor.” Score.

No Age might win a Grammy.
For best packaging, but still.

Radiohead might win Best Album.
They won’t, but still.

Paul McCartney’s performance with Dave Grohl has promise.
He’ll have a new album to promote, but Paul tends to get nostalgic with his live performances. So your dreams of a “Wonderful Christmas Time” superjam could happen.

will.i.am. won’t do this agan.
We hope.

The Grammys air on CBS this Sunday live from the Staples Center in L.A. at 8PM. See you then. In the meantime, fill out your scorecards:

BEST NEW ARTIST
Adele
Duffy
The Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Ne-Yo – Year Of The Gentleman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Radiohead – In Rainbows

POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
Alicia Keys and John Mayer – “Lessons Learned”
Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland – “4 Minutes”
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Rich Woman”
Rihanna and Maroon 5 – “If I Never See Your Face Again”
Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown – “No Air”

COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
Brooks & Dunn – “God Must Be Busy”
Lady Antebellum – “Love Don’t Love Here”
Rascal Flatts – “Every Day”
The Steel Drivers – “Blue Side Of The Mountain”
Sugarland – “Stay”

BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
Big Boi feat. Raekwon & Andre 3000 – “Royal Flush”
T.I. feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne – “Swagger Like Us”
Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z – “Mr Carter”
Ludacris feat. T.I. – “Wish You Would”
Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West – “Put On”

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love”
M.I.A. – “Paper Planes” (“I played the cash register on that song” -John Mayer.)
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Please Read The Letter”

SONG OF THE YEAR
Estelle Feat. Kanye West – “American Boy”
Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”
Sara Bareilles – “Love Song”
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”

BEST ROCK SONG
Bruce Springsteen – “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”
Radiohead – “House Of Cards”
Death Cab For Cutie – “I Will Possess Your Heart”
Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
Coldplay – “Violet Hill”

BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
The Eagles – “Waiting In The Weeds”
Gnarls Barkley – “Going On”
Maroon 5 – “Won’t Go Home Without You”
OneRepublic – “Apologize”

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Kid Rock – Rock N Roll Jesus
Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
Metallica – Death Magnetic
The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely

BEST RAP ALBUM
Jay-Z – American Gangster
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
Nas – Nas
T.I. – Paper Trail

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Beck – Modern Guilt
Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Radiohead – In Rainbows

BEST DANCE RECORDING
Daft Punk – “Harder Better Faster Stronger”
Hot Chip – “Ready For The Floor”
Lady Gaga – “Just Dance”
Madonna – “Give It 2 Me”
Rihanna – “Disturbia”
Sam Sparro – “Black & Gold”

BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM
Brazilian Girls – New York City
Daft Punk – Alive 2007
Cyndi Lauper – Bring Ya To The Brink
Kylie Minogue – X
Moby – Last Night
Robyn – Robyn

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
AC/DC – “Rock N Roll Train”
Coldplay – “Violet Hill”
The Eagles – “Long Road Out Of Eden”
Kings Of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
Radiohead – “House Of Cards”

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
Danger Mouse
Nigel Godrich
Johnny Karkazis
Rick Rubin
will.i.am

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA
Peter Gabriel – “Down To Earth” (From Wall-E)
Carrie Underwood – “Ever Ever After” (From Enchanted)
John Mayer – “Say” (From The Bucket List)
Amy Adams – “That’s How You Know” (From Enchanted)
John C. Reilly – “Walk Hard” (From Walk Hard — The Dewey Cox Story)

BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
Metallica – Death Magnetic
Hawk Nelson – Hawk Nelson…Is My Friend!
No Age – Nouns
Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation
The Ditty Bops – Summer Rains

BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL
Ne-Yo – “Closer” (StoneBridge Radio Edit)
MGMT – “Electric Feel” (Justice Remix)
Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake – “4 Minutes” (Junkie XL Remix)
Mary J. Blige – “Just Fine” (Moto Blanco Remix)
Morgan Page Feat. Lissie – “The Longest Road” (Deadmau5 Remix)

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO
Erykah Badu – “Honey” (Erykah Badu & Mr. Roboto, video directors)
Gnarls Barkley – “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” (Christopher Milk, video director)
Alicia Keys & Jack White – “Another Way To Die” (PR Brown & MK12, video directors)
Radiohead – “House Of Cards” (James Frost, video director)
Weezer – “Pork And Beans” (Mathew Cullen, video director)

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