Maxwell, Black Eyed Peas and Nick Jonas & The Administration perform during this one-hour special on CBS, as nominees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards are announced. Follow along with us as the good, the bad and the awful get their due, live, from Los Angeles.
Sugarland, David Guetta, Linkin Park, George Lopez, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, T-Pain and Dwight Yoakam are also set to make appearances during this countdown to "music's biggest night."
8:55 I have now seen Shakira further defile Santa's good name with "Santa Baby" at the Rockefeller tree-lighting, Rudolph take off to the sky and, well, Snoop Dogg rap "I Wanna Rock" on "So You Think Dance" in the hour leading up to this concert event. It's begining to look a lot like Christmas.
9:03 Host LL Cool J is rapping his way through a pop music mashup that involves fluorescent paint, the lyrics "off the wall like Andy Warhol," a clip from Lady GaGa (who can't get a nod for Best New Artist, sadly), Kanye, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Kings of Leon, omnipresent Black Eyed Peas, etc. And I thought I was suffering from an attention deficit disorder before this started.
9:07 Since this is oh-so-casual, you now, like a normal concert, there are tables up front and on the floor. The Black Eyed Peas jump up on the furniture to sing "I Gotta Feeling," as if they had a choice. There's a shout-out to that single-shot YouTube video as the camera moves backstage and onto THE ACTUAL INTERNET. will.i.am is wearing something decidedly less stupid than his AMA appearance.
9:09 I prepared my heart this evening for George Lopez to be unfunny as he presented. He delivers.
9:12 Song of the Year: "PokerFace," Lady GaGa, right. Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)", Maxwell's "Pretty Wings," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me." Shot to Joe Jonas on that Taylor mention. Stone cold. Super classy. Only one song about making love to your boyfriend but thinking about your girlfriend, how disappointing.
9:18 Hey! Sugarland have a Christmas album to promote! I love, LOVE, Jennifer Nettles, but that bebop scatting thing at the beginning of "Coming Home" makes my
butt neck twitch a little. The track's off of "Gold and Green," one of our top 10 new Christmas albums this year.
9:21 Linkin Park just wanna make people happy as they present Best Pop Duo or Group with Vocals: Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling," Bon Jovi "We Weren't Born To Follow" (ummm... guys?), The Fray "Never Say Never," Daryl Hall & John Oates "Sara Smile" (...what year is this?) and MGMT "Kids" (...ah, 2008).
9: 25 Nick Jonas and his Administration make their televised debut, FREAK OUT. Jonas the Youngest is over-doing it on "Who I Am" as what seem to be yearbook pictures float behind him. He manages a barely-smile and I see no Miley Cyrus. However, in this time, I've managed to draw little hearts all over my computer monitor and Trapper Keeper.
9:32 Michael Jackson gets a tribute, but not one of those misty-eyed photo montages. We get Maxwell, and Maxwell's soul patch, singing MJ's "The Lady of My Life." He threatens to paint our toenails and give us a backrub. We are HitFix and we approve of this message.
9:37 Katy Perry announces Best Rock Album: Green Day "21st Century Breakdown," " U2 "No Line on the Horizon," Dave Matthews "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King," AC/DC "Black Ice" and Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood "Live from Madison Square Garden." I am beyond disappointed, particularly in the live album choice. Every one of these artists have made albums better than these and there isn't a single new artist on here for a long shot. Any way the cards fall on this one next year, it will feel like an "Atomic Bomb."
9:41 Drake "Best I Ever Had," Eminem "Beautiful", Jay-Z "D.O.A," Kid Cudi "Day 'n' Night" and Mos Def "Casa Bey" (yay!) get nods for Best Rap Solo Performance. Drake looks at LL standing next to him, probably thinking, "Is that where I'm heading?"
9:48 Dwight Yoakam, you're funny. 21 nominations, two wins. We're just as amazed. He also greets the crowd with "Good Morning." Zac Brown "Chicken Fried," Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn are up for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
9:52 Ringo Starr and Smokey Robinson present Record of the Year. But first, Smokey can't help but remind the world that he was tight with Michael Jackson. Y'know who Ringo knew? John Lennon. Beyonce "Halo" (but they played "Single Ladies Instead"), Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling," Kings of Leon "Use Somebody," Lady Gaga "Poker Face" and Taylor Swift's "You Belong to Me." The writers couldn't help a Kanye/Taylor crack. I hate everything.
9:53 Album of the Year noms are rushed right through: "I Am... Sasha Fierce" from Beyonce, "The E.N.D." from BEP, "The Fame" from Lady Gaga (I'm so confused...), "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King" from DMB and "Fearless" Taylor Swift.
9:59 Because the show is only an hour long, the producers were able to include Black Eyed Peas performing "I Gotta Feeling" only twice. Was that a scheme to kill time right up to 10pm?