Backstage at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards
This post was written in liveblog (reverse chronological) format: Please scroll to the bottom to read the earliest entries. The latest updates are at the top.
8:20 p.m.: "What the hell?" asks Win Butler as Arcade Fire comes back from 0-for-2 to win the big one - Album of the Year. "Holy shit! We're gonna go play another song..." Seems the only thing easy to predict when it comes to The Grammys is that artists such as Eminem and Lady Gaga will continue to get many more nominations than actual awards.
8:10 p.m.: John Legend comes into the media room cradling his three Grammys won tonight. "I think I'm getting Grammy's-wrist," he says. Lookout for the Sade w/ John Legend tour coming through Staples in August. He's only the second person today to mention / comment on the popular uprising in Egypt (Herbie Hancock was asked about it earlier).
8:05 p.m.: The Lady Antebellum sweeps continue as the country act is picked over the top rap/hip-hop tracks of the year for Record Of the Year. Lady A is now 5-for-5 with Album of the Year still to be announced. In their acceptance speech, Lady A expresses disbelief that they're collecting for the song ("Need You Now") that they performed on the Grammy stage just last year. Way to keep it fresh, Recording Academy!
7:50 p.m.: Eminem finally takes one over Jay-Z (who has won three awards already tonight) with Best Rap Album. Thinking back a few minutes, I can't help but note the irony of the house band playing "Don't Stop Believing" during the break before Recording Academy president Neil Portnow's plea for us to continue acquiring music legally.
7:45 p.m.: So far it's not Eminem's night -- he has only one Grammy with a couple shots at redemption (or should we say recovery) left should he nab Record of the Year or Album of the Year. His performance was definitely a crowd favorite, with Dr. Dre himself joining Em onstage (with Skylar Grey) for "I Need a Doctor." Still 3 performances to go - Barbra Streisand, Rihanna feat. Drake and Arcade Fire.
7:35 p.m.: Mick's moment. He takes off a gold cape and further unbuttons before launching into Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," with Raphael Saadiq.
7:30 p.m.Going into the home stretch. Who have we lost this year? James Moody, Lena Horne, Charlie Louvin, Teena Marie, Gregory Isaacs, Gerry Rafferty, Don Van Vliet (Capt. Beefheart), Ronnie Chasen, Mitch Miller, Ronnie James Dio, Don Kirshner, Jimmy Dean, Alex Chilton, Solomon Burke are among those honored by the Academy.
7:20 p.m.: Woah! The entire press room groans with disappointment as Esperanza Spalding upsets the field for Best New Artist. What were they hoping for, Bieber? Spalding is the first jazz musician to win the award.
7:06 p.m.: Another win for Lady A. The Nashville-based group beats out Cee Lo, Ray LaMontagne, Eminem, and Miranda Lambert for Song of the Year.