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
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 …
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 …
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 …