I might get distracted by watching the performances, but I'm going to try live-blogging the Grammys.
7:00—U2 opens the show with a performance. My only question is, why are the lyrics streaming behind them?
7:05—Whitney Houston looking gorgeous as she presents the first award. I wonder if the producers told her to take her time as she paid tribute to Clive Davis who won an early award for being a music icon. And the first award: R&B Album goes to JENNIFER HUDSON!!!! Yeah girl! Oh, I might cry. Dramatic yes, but this is a huge moment for her. I am so excited for her performance later!
OK, first Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson takes years to introduce Justin Timberlake as the announcer for Boys II Men, Keith Urban and Al Green, then JT takes a while to announce the performance as well ... I'm having a hard time figuring out if this is the filler for Rihanna or Chris Brown ...
This possible filler is actually pretty great! I hope it brings the end to the long, awkward presenters' speeches though.
7:20—Third performance of the evening, Coldplay with guest Jay-Z. Cool addition to a song I've never heard, but once Jay-Z leaves the stage, the group breaks into "Viva La Vida", a song I love.
7:27—Keith Urban introduces Carrie Underwood as the winner for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the fourth performance of the night, "Last Name". Pause the blog while I watch. GREAT JOB CARRIE, though her dress made her look partially naked.
7:32—Sheryl Crow joins LeAnn Rimes to present Country Duo/Group Performance to Sugarland for "Stay". Jennifer Nettles is so adorable, she pointed to her mom before she went up to accept! She looks great too!
A half-hour in, the performance to live-show award-giving ratio is 4:2.
7:41—"Already winners tonight" Duffy and Al Green come out as presenters, though they each sing briefly while presenting Song of the Year to Coldplay for "Viva La Vida". I looked it up on the winner's list, and Duffy won pre-show for Best Pop Vocal Album and Al Green won for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. There are so many categories, I'm glad they aren't presenting them all during the broadcast. I'd rather see the performances.
7:43—Nominee Kid Rock takes the stage for the fifth performance of the evening. He sings a medley of songs, including his hit "All Summer Long".
7:53—Sixth performance, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift?! Really??? This is further proof that if Miley wants to stay in the business, she needs to drop the pop and go country. Based on this performance, Swift trumps Cyrus. Actually, I would say that regardless of this performance. Taylor seems much more down to earth. Miley is whiny and I can't stand her voice right now. OK, now they are presenting Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss???? WHAT?! How did they beat Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and others in a pop category?
7:59—Seventh performance, Jennifer Hudson. Pause the blog. She looks beautiful in a sparkly, black dress. Awwww, she starts crying at the end and gets a standing ovation. You're great girl!
An hour in the performance to live-show award-giving ratio is 7:4.
8:10—Jason Mraz and some TV actress I don't know present the eighth performance of the night, the Jonai with Stevie Wonder, who start singing "Burning Up". True story: It took my brother Mike and I all summer to try to figure out the chorus to this song. We finally had to look it up online and listen about five more times before we realized and believed what they were squeaking. It's a catchy song of sorts, but the Jonas Brothers' singing is just so awful!
8:14—Blink 182 here to present Best Rock Album to Coldplay for "Viva La Vida".
8:22—Craig Ferguson introduces the ninth performance of the night, Katy Perry singing "I Kissed a Girl" surrounded by a stage of large fruit.
8:27—Kanye West is the 10th performance, singing "American Boy" with Estelle. He needs to cut his semi-mullet. Yuck! Also, he's won 10 Grammys? I didn't know that until the announcer said so. Now, they're presenting Best New Artist to ADELE!!! YES!! She's so happy, it's fantastic!
An hour and a half in, and they show a commercial for T.I., Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Kanye West performing and already there are applause of excitement in my apartment. The performance to live-show award-giving ratio is 10:6.
8:36—Morgan Freeman on stage to introduce Kenny Chesney as the 11th performance. I don't really like Kenny Chesney, so I think I'll surf online for a little bit.
8:40—Natalie Cole, Diddy and ? present Record of the Year to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss?! WHY?! I've never even heard the song "Please Read The Letter". I suppose I can semi-support this since my dad loves Alison Krauss.
8:48—Queen Latifah presents the 12th performance of the night, the "Rap Pack" but first a very pregnant MIA signing with Kanye West, T.I., Lil Wayne and Jay-Z rapping "Swagga Like Us". Again, pause the blog as I drool... mmmm! That was hot!
8:54—Kate Beckinsale introduces Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl, the 13th performance of the night, who sing "I Saw Her Standing There". I danced in my competition days to this song long ago. Not the Beatles version, the Tiffany version, but it is a great song!
Two hours in the performance to live-show award-giving is 13:7.
9:04—Jack Black and Charlie Haden present Male Pop Vocal Performance to John Mayer for "Say". Where's Jennifer Aniston?
9:06—Jay Mohr and LLCoolJ introduce Adele and Sugarland, the 14th performance of the evening. Sugarland start singing "Stay", already an award winner tonight. Jennifer Nettles is a great singer, so beautiful. Now, Adele is singing "Chasing Pavements," a great song off her album 19. I also must endorse her song "Hometown Glory". Download it. Press play continuously.
9:19—Gwyneth Paltrow introduces Radiohead, the 15th performance of the night with the USC marching band. Pretty neat for those students!
9:28—Samuel L. Jackson introduces the 16th performance, Justin Timberlake and T.I. singing "Dead and Gone". LOVE IT! T.I. is my favorite felon. Pause the blog. "Welcome to my road to redemption" T.I. says at the end.
Two and half hours and the performance to live-show award-giving is 16:8.
9:34—President of Music something, something comes out and says Obama's a Grammy recipient?! AWESOME! The only thing is this guy keeps saying "Yes We Can" .... no, dude. That's not your phrase. Then he introduces Smokey Robinson who introduces the remaining members of The Four Tops, Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx for the 17th performance.
9:47—Josh Groban introduces Neil Diamond, the 18th performance, singing a Badger favorite "Sweet Caroline".
9:51—paying tribute to those who passed this past year.
9:54—John Mayer, in the 19th performance, with some others and Keith Urban.
Three hours in and the performance to live-show award-giving is 19:8.
10:02—Gary Sinise introduces Lil Wayne and Robin Thicke, in the show's 20th performance.
10:09—will.i.am and T-Pain present Best Rap Album to Lil Wayne, and there is SCREAMING in my apartment!
10:18—Zoe Deschanel introduces Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, the 21st performance tonight.
10:22—Green Day present the final award of the night Album of the Year to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss?! Again?? WHY?????
10:27—Stevie Wonder gives the final, 22nd performance of the night.
Well, three and a half hours in, and the final performance to live-show award-giving ratio was 22:10. Some amazing performances and my official longest post yet. Thanks for following along. It's been fun.