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February 09, 2009

Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson & Lil Wayne Among 2009 Grammy Winners

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51st Annual Grammy Awards - Show

Big winners at last night's 51st annual Grammy Awards were Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Coldplay, Lil Wayne and Jennifer Hudson.   But before last night's televised portion of the awards even started there was big news about two performers who were scheduled to appear on the show.  R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested after a domestic violence complaint by his girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna.

According to the LA Times:

Brown and Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, were apparently in a car together and got into an argument on North June Street, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. Brown stopped the car, the two got out, and the argument escalated, according to police.

A witness called 911, but Brown was gone when officers arrived at the scene. The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker, according to police.

Brown was booked at the Wilshire Division station and posted $50,000 bail, sources said. He left the station before 9 p.m.

The Grammy producers couldn't have been happy about the bad publicity overshadowing the award ceremony but the show did go on.

It got off to an exuberant start with U2 performing "Get On Your Boots" from their upcoming album, "No Line On The Horizon."  Even if their songs are sometimes so/so, U2 does know how to light up the stage.  I especially loved the psychedelic big screen montage that ran behind them as they played.

After that it was a big night for the British with the band Coldplay winning Song of the Year for "Viva La Vida" and Best Rock Album for "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," while British songstress Adele won as best new artist.

51st Annual Grammy Awards - Press Room

The oldtimers got to beat up on the youngsters, what with Robert Plant, formerly of Led Zeppelin and country singer Alison Krauss winning five awards for their album "Rising Sands." I guess Alison Krauss isn't really an oldtimer but hangin' with Plant kinda makes her look like one.  Their low key album of country/rockabilly were this year's Grammy sentimental favorites.

Meanwhile Lil Wayne won statuettes for Best Rap Song for "Lollipop," Best Rap Solo Performance for "A Milli," and Best Rap Album for "Tha Carter III."

51st Annual Grammy Awards - Press Room

Here are some other highlights and low lights from the show:


  • Jennifer Hudson singing "You Pulled Me Through."  Her return to the Grammy stage after the tragic murders of her Mom, sister and nephew, was the most emotional moment of the night.  She got a much deserved standing ovation.  She also won for Best R&B Album.
  • Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Boyz 2 Men and Keith Urban performing "Let's Stay Together."
  • Whitney Houston looking clean and sober and making sure to show some cheesecake. I wasn't sure she could see very well with those fall eyelashes, but she needs to take 'em off and see her way back to the recording studio. 
  • While presenting Al Green and Duffy took turns singing a few bars.  Andy Williams watched from the audience as Al sang "Moon River" and then Al and Duffy together sang a few bars of "Bridge Over Troubled Water.  Nice moment.  They should make all the presenters do that. 
  • Duffy sportin' a sixties Lulu vibe with the beehive hair and all..."To sir, with loooovvvve!"
  • Seeing actor Morgan Freeman back on his feet after that awful car crash last year.   He introduced the performance of his friend Kenny Chesney
  • Best teeny bopper moment, and no it wasn't the Jonas Brothers.  It was Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus singing together for the very first time, "Fifteen."  Is this song this generation's "At Seventeen"  by Janis Ian?  At least it's not as depressing.
  • Robert Plant's thank you that included this description of the song "Please Read The Letter:"  "Such a spooky song, it's the heart of the the kind of American underworld of rhythm and blues and shimmy."  All righty.
  • The Rap Pack as Queen Latifah introduced them which included, Kanye West, Jay Z, Lil Wayne and M.I.A. singing "Paper Planes/Swagga Like Us."  I'm not big on rap at all but that was a smokin' number.
  • M.I.A. performing in front of millions of people, not only nine months pregnant, but on the day she was due to give birth.  Gives new meaning to the phrase "the show must go on."
  • Kanye West and Estelle singing "American Boy."  Then when presenting for Best New Artist, West making a point of saying neither he nor Estelle has won that award.  Funny.
  • Paul McCartney singing "Since I Saw Her Standing There," with Foo Fighters Dave Grohl on drums.  Paul can't hold those high notes like he used to, but hey, it's Paul McCartney.
  • Radiohead performing "15 Step" accompanied by the USC marching band.  The marching band was amazing and the overally performance was very cool.

Low Lights:

  • The show was 3 1/2 hours.  Who do they think they are, the Oscars?
  • I love Jennifer Hudson but I didn't really love that printer paper she was wearing on top of her dress.

    51st Annual Grammy Awards - Arrivals
  • Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers.  Not a good pairing at all. 
  • John Mayer is better than Sominex...which is not a good thing.
  • Katy Perry and her fruity rendition of "I Kissed A Girl."  She came down on the stage in a giant banana and the rest of the set had giant fruit all over it.  It took me 'til half the song was over to realize all that fruit might have something to do with the "cherry Chapstick" lyric.  I did kinda like her fruity dress though.
  • Neil Diamond.  Sorry Neil, I think they should have put you in the pre-televised show.

Overall, more highlights than low lights, but still too blasted long.  

With awards season wrapping up, stay tuned for my big Oscar preview post, next Thursday February 19th, when I'll make all my Academy Award predictions.

Related Grammy Links:

More Grammy coverage at Grammy.com.

A Complete List of Grammy winners.

Valerie at Triangle Music did a live blog of the show.

Erin at Erin Thoughts, thought Coldplay was robbed.

JK Hirst at The Red Hairing also had some Grammy thoughts.


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