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Jan.
31st

Grammys: Taylor Swift’s off key singing, the Michael Jackson tribute

Eww! Taylor Swift is hitting some seriously sour notes there. And whose idea was it to pair her with Stevie Nicks? Not as awful as last year’s Stevie Wonder/Jonas Brothers abomination, but it’s in the same area code. Just sayin’.

[Update: Rolling Stone has a piece on Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta defending Swift's off key performance here.]

The show bounces back with a classy Michael Jackson tribute, with Celine, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Hudson and the great Smokey Robinson delivering Jackson’s powerful “Earth

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Jan.
31st

Grammys: What was that, Jamie Foxx?

Hey, it’s opera for a change of pace. No, wait! It’s Jamie Foxx in some weird Civil War getup doing his Auto-Tune powered club smash, “Blame It.” Then Doug E. Fresh shows up! And there’s T-Pain! Say, what’s Slash doing up there … playing his guitar solo from “November Rain?” Um, that fits. I’m so confused now that I can’t decide whether that was awesomely ridiculous or just awful and bloated.

Seattle’s Dave Matthews loses to Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” in the best rock album category. In that field, I was more partial to AC/DC’s “Black Ice,” even

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Jan.
31st

Grammys: Pink is captivating, Fergie has a potty mouth

Pink emerges looking angelic in a white shroud then strips down to sheer, see-through tights – rawr – for the acrobatic portion of “Glitter in the Air.” She’s over the crowd, dunked in a pool of water and spins, splashing the crowd below with Pink juice, captivating as she finishes her pretty ballad. Very dramatic and elegant, and I’m sorry I missed a chance to see that in person last year at KeyArena last.

Zac Brown Band takes best new artist. As I posted the other

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Jan.
31st

Grammys: Score one for Taylor Swift

The Grammy arms race is on. Eight-time nominee Taylor Swift scores the second Grammy for best country album for “Fearless.” (Still no Kanye.)

The reigning Queen of Pop, Beyonce, looks stunning as she makes her entrance with a gang of storm troopers. She slays with her mash-up of “If I Were a Boy” and Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know.” I think she did that at KeyArena last Spring. I’ll have to double check that set list.

But did I just hear a promo for T-Pain performing with Slash before the commercial break? What? Just when I thought the Grammys

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Jan.
31st

The “shocking” Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert at the Grammys

And they’re off! Lady Gaga comes out looking like a cross between Marilyn Manson, Madonna and the Tooth Fairy. Not that her “shocking” outfits are all that shocking any more. The real surprise is Elton John showing up for a duet during her show-opening performance. Pretty cool, I must admit.

Jay-Z did not look at all amused by first presenter Stephen Colbert’s shout out. Could it be? H.O.V.A. down with the G.O.P.? But he gives it up for Colbert’s iPad joke/product placement.

His better half, Beyonce, wins the night’s first golden gramophone, song of the year for “Single

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Jan.
31st

Grammy album of the year survey results

Man, you guys are harsh! When TRC blog asked which album should take album of the year at tonight’s Grammys, 42 percent of you said “none of the above.”

Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” came in first among people who actually liked this year’s choices with 17 percent, followed by Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” at 16, Dave Matthews’ “Big Whiskey…” at 12, Black Eyed Peas “The E.N.D.” at 7 and Beyonce’s “I Am … Sasha Fierce” at 6.

Jan.
29th

Ludacris to open for Black Eyed Peas

One of the year’s biggest tours just got bigger as chart-topping rapper Ludacris has been added to the Black Eyed Peas tour, which will wind down at the Tacoma Dome on April 10.

Luda – best known for “Southern Hospitality,” “Area Codes” and other hits – is prepping a new album, “Battle of the Sexes,” which is scheduled for a March 16 release.

Jan.
27th

George Strait, Reba McEntire ticket info

Organizers released ticket info for that George Strait’s March 27 stop at the Tacoma Dome. Tickets are $79.50 to $89.50, and Ticketmaster will have them on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 13.

Strait, who last headlined the T-Dome in 2007, has tapped Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack to open.

Jan.
27th

Grammy nominated Zac Brown Band headed to Everett

The Zac Brown Band, the country group known for hits “Chicken Fried” and “Toes,” will headline Everett’s Comcast Arena on March 21. Tickets are $29.75 to $39.75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 30).

The band will also be up for best new artist, best country album and best country performance by a group or duo at Sunday’s the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, which start at 8 p.m. on Channel 7.