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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Comments (39)
  1. Gideon   |   Posted on Feb 6th, 2009 0

    If the Grammys meant anything, then maybe I’d feel inclined to “fill out my scorecard”.
    Otherwise, eh.

  2. I really wish Reckoner was emphasized over House Of Cards, one of IR’s weak points (in my opinion).

    I guess it was all those people fucking to it.

  3. I really really want Radiohead to win something… Why do I feel the need for the Grammys to recognize the greatest rock band of our day?

  4. SMB  |   Posted on Feb 6th, 2009 0

    …and as Dave Chapelle previously noted, “The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It’s dismissive. I don’t understand this person, so they’re crazy. Thats bullsh*t. These people are not crazy. They’re strong people. Maybe the environment is a little sick”.

    These will be the highest rated Grammy’s EVER, b/c of Wayne. The music industry and cbs need wayne, and so do people like the writer of this blog, to make themselves feel secure in their own skin while they sit in front of some computer wondering where they went wrong…Enjoy the show. You should probably include the most nominated artist in your article next time!

  5. mike  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    coldplay sucks. you know it.

  6. Donkeylips  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    I like M.I.A and think Paper Planes is probably the best record in the ones listed, but she obviously has Pineapple Express to thank for the popularity…just like Feist had Apple to thank for her Grammy performance last year.

  7. I want to now what you mean, I want to interview you for my Podcast because I can make a good argument against $hit that means nothing and is just arrogant. I could agree with you, you never know. Anyone who reads This CHARITY, including the Pitchfork Posse and who would like to give/get interviews through email or actual voice recordings off really strange, but witty questions. TV / FILM / MOVIE / PROMOTION / MANAGEMENT + THE PITCHFORK NATION = LET’S,ROLL~

  8. I always have to watch, even though I always get really frustrated and angry. There have been some really cool Grammy Moments that I would hate to say I missed. My fav – Red Hot Chili Peppers with George Clinton et al doing Give It Away. Awesome!

  9. Reporting about “The Grammies” only encourages it. Just post the relevant videos; no need to pretend that anybody cares at all about this award show (which is completely decided by sales figures if I’m not mistaken, so we could just look up who’s going to win right now)

  10. If Weezer beats out Gnarls Barkley for best music video, I will burn LA to the ground.

  11. Evan  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    Record of the Year is the ultimate Grammy.

  12. TD  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    Why is Daft Punk being nominated twice for old stuff?

  13. Weezer’s still around?

  14. I’ll say I’m somewhat interested in a couple of performances, like Paul McCartney and Radiohead (if they were invited, they are going to get an award on stage, mark my words) It’d be great if we knew the order of the performances *sigh*

    To humor you I’m going to post a pure guesswork scorecard!!

    (In the end, they nominate these “popular” artists just to get them to perform and people to tune in, but they always end up giving the awards to the same ol’ people)

    BEST NEW ARTIST:
    Adele
    ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
    Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
    POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS:
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Rich Woman”
    COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP:
    country, no idea who is who! Rascal Flatts – “Every Day”
    BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP:
    Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z – “Mr Carter”
    RECORD OF THE YEAR:
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Please Read The Letter”
    SONG OF THE YEAR:
    Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
    BEST ROCK SONG:
    Bruce Springsteen – “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”
    BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
    Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
    BEST ROCK ALBUM
    Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
    BEST RAP ALBUM
    Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
    BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM:
    Radiohead – In Rainbows
    BEST DANCE RECORDING
    Rihanna – “Disturbia”
    BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ALBUM
    Moby – Last Night
    BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
    The Eagles – “Long Road Out Of Eden”
    PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
    Nigel Godrich
    BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA
    Peter Gabriel – “Down To Earth” (From Wall-E)
    BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
    Don’t own any of the “packages” but Hawk Nelson – Hawk Nelson…Is My Friend!
    BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL
    Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake – “4 Minutes” (Junkie XL Remix)
    BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO
    Radiohead – “House Of Cards” (James Frost, video director)

    Yes, by the end of the night Coldplay would have self-proclaimed themselves as the best on the universe and The Jonas Brothers fans will be crying uncontrollably. Ha! *depressing*

  15. I propose a drinking game where you do a shot for each rapper/hip-hopper wearing sunglasses indoors.

  16. Please mike, continue to post your one-sided, bitter, and overall WRONG opinions (yes, i know opinions are subjective, but yours is still wrong) on stereogum- for thats what bloggings all about! Just know, everybody sees through everything you say. Do you even have the slightest clue as to what goes into making a record- especially one with as great a production value as Viva la Vida. I doubt that highly. So once again, continue to post your nonsense opinions but get rid of the “you know it” part, because the only thing i know …is that your an idiot.

  17. Anonymous  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    It’s funny that white people seem deathly afraid but so in love with Lil Wayne all at the same time. Freakin hilarious.

  18. Anonymous  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    I wonder if my friend gets awards and plaques with fake names on them. LOLz
    : * *kissie*

  19. uSCCCCC  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    I go to USC and I’m pretty sure Radiohead is playing 15 Step with the marching band. they’ve been practicing. AND I WANT TO MEET THOM YORKE.

    • That would be absolutely awesome. But anyways, I hope Radiohead can take home a few awards, and I really hope Pork and Beans gets best video. That was quite possibly one of the best music videos I’ve seen in a long time.

  20. Grammy’s = orange peels + roller coaster with loops + cold shower that gets warm for a few moments before getting cold again.

  21. *FF fanboy alert*
    Any musical awards ceremony that fails to acknowledge Fleet Foxes is not worth my time.

  22. thedangerbird  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    Who the fuck is Kanye West?

  23. Alex  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 0

    The whole list of nominees is absolute trash besides Radiohead, Beck, The Raconteurs, Lupe Fiasco, MMJ, and Robert Plant, and only because he’s Robert Fucking Plant.
    I find it funny that Kings of Leon finally gets a nod for a song of their WORST album yet.
    Yet, you expect me to take time out of my day to watch this?
    I’ll catch the Radiohead performance and then find something, anything, better to do.

  24. WHO WILL MMJ WEAR?!

  25. Thomas Haymaker  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2009 0

    If not for their ability to get mass amounts of star performers on one night the Grammy’s would be completely irrelevant.

  26. Interlock  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2009 0

    If the mains stream were REALLY about presenting the best,brightest and new…

  27. Kip  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2009 0

    Prediction- Coldplay will win every award they are nominated for except for Album of the Year. That will go to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
    http://diggingfordays.blogspot.com

  28. Redstone Coldnose  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2009 0

    Bono’s gonna try and sell us on that new “Vertigo Pt 2″ piece of crap isn’t he?…If he has an ace up his sleeve, he should play it… And when is “Yellow in a Coma” comming to Broadway?

  29. Brian  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2009 0

    I always assumed “House of Cards” was a big fuck you to the music industry (c’mon everybody, read those lyrics), especially when you look at the use of digital imagery in the video. Toss in the Radiohead distribution scheme and you have yourself a closed case.

    Playing it at the Grammy’s would be *PERFECT*

  30. I could probably figure this out on the Internet somehow, but is Stereogum owned by Viacom or what? The Grammy nominees are hardly more relevant than they have been in the past; they just have a better marketing campaign this year for the show, which, apparently, Stereogum is a part of?

    • also some bands people actually like are nominated this year.

      good work, gumshoe.

      • You’re a bit of dick, dude. Just cos My Morning Jacket’s nominated doesn’t automatically make this years Grammys magically legitimate, you know. And I know you think that. By the way, it ought to be Fleet Foxes instead of MMJ. Ha! And I think you all know it.

        But no matter. You have to take into account that some of the nominees are still Metallica (HAHAHA), Maroon 5, Kid (fucking) Rock (what the shit?!?!!! he made some of the year’s best music????? this is making my mind ache to even think of how anyone could possibly think that.), The Jonas Brothers!, The Eagles, my god… How can you defend a shit show like that?

        Oh, right, they nominated My Morning Jacket. You’re a joke.

  31. Dick Poster  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2009 0

    Animal Collective > The Grammys

  32. XLiontamer  |   Posted on Feb 6th, 2010 0

    I?ve never been a fan of the Grammy awards. In fact I can venture a guess that most people with any musical taste don?t like the Grammy?s. They are always a let down, doling out awards to musician?s that are within less than one standard deviation from the average while more gifted, innovative artists are runners up or are ignored all together. Winning a Grammy might even be an indication that an artist will never do anything truly worthwhile or noteworthy and they are actually awards for celebrities whose true gift is manipulating the buying public into laying down cash for product. This might be a bit of an over simplification, since occasionally the awesome are rewarded with the gold toned mantle ornament.
    Long ago, I stopped watching the Grammy?s with the expectation that the musician?s I like would be recognized. Now, I only watch much as a passerby will watch an auto accident or like a bystander ogling a girl fight in a bar. I hope for bits of irony, the occasional outrage or an on stage celebrity faux pas. This is fun for me. I enjoy the Grammy?s now that I have abandoned all hope that those deserving will get the brass ring. For example, I was grossed out when the Best New Artist Winner, the Zac Brown Band, who I?d never heard of before, opened their performance with their rendition of God Bless America. Talk about pandering to middle Americans. Do they think George Bush is still in office? I was also amused at how second rate Taylor Swift sounded singing next to an old pro like Stevie Nicks.

    Anyway, rather than cutting up the entire ceremony, I?m actually writing this to talk about something I liked and that was the Black Eyed Peas performance. Now, I neither love nor hate the Black Eyed Peas. As pop stars go, I think they are pretty good. They?ve got style, they sometimes make me laugh and I even have one of their songs on my iPod. I can?t name it, but I know I have one. Yes, Fergie is a little scary. She looks like she might have been a man at one point, and if so, more power to her?but I digress. The floor show they put on was like Designer labeled Logan?s Run meets Soul Train. Know what I mean? Sort of futuristic storm troopers, B-movie tin robots and funky, cold rhythm nation dance steps.; cool, weird and wired.

    What?s really interesting to me about this is that the pop music and stage show?s have finally caught up with what artist?s like Klaus Nomi, David Bowie and even The Resident?s were doing a quarter of a decade ago. At that time, in the mid 70?s to mid 80?s, the kind of performance the Black Eyed Peas did on the industries most ?important? music award show, was considered too left wing, and avant garde for main stream. Only freaks, geeks, substance abusers and artist?s (or any combination) liked it, got it, and applauded it. Now, it?s main stream entertainment.

    The performances in the show by Pink and Lady Gaga were just as out there. Pink was singing, spinning and spewing water suspended 20 feet above the stage in a net held by three contortionists in gold lame. That?s some arty shit! Lady Gaga appeared in yet another sparkly, winged superhero outfit, declaring herself a monster that must be destroyed, and then changing her mind , and screaming that she just wants to be a star before playing a duet with Sir Elton John on a piano covered in a forest of severed limbs. She has made herself a star by embracing, and selling weirdness, wackiness and a willingness to wear anything to get attention. In my opinion, Gaga is a neo-Dadaist, mocking art as she destroys it and then rebuilds it in any configuration she likes. If it is devoid of meaning, who cares! The medium is the message, celebrity is her art.

    Pop music has little to do with the music anymore. The auto tune revolution has made it unnecessary for anyone to even be able to sing on key. In fact, many recent hits don?t feature vocals recognizable as human due to all the studio processing and production tricks. Being a pop star is about spectacle; it?s about beauty; it?s about attention getting, it?s about being a vehicle for a team of designers and choreographer?s. The Grammy?s should embrace this new-ish vanguard and give awards for media manipulation, turning the collective public head and of course selling product. It?s not that different than what they have always done, just an accurate admission and a more truthful update of what wins the prize. Finally, my apologies to those few anomalies known as actual musician?s who somehow walked out with a Grammy. I won?t bother naming names since most people don?t know you.

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