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LAist Live! at the Grammys
While you are waiting for the tape-delayed West Coast television feed of the Grammys, LAist will be covering the awards show as it unfolds live at LA Live! We're adding YouTube video of the performances as they come in (and as long as they're up) below. So far the biggest bombshell is that Radiohead will be doing a surprise performance of "15 Step" about halfway through the show. They will be introduced by Gwyneth Paltrow and accompanied by the USC marching band. [Skip to the bottom of the article for the complete schedule of performers, in order.]
8:27 p.m. And, we close with Stevie Wonder, Jonas-free this time. The NARAS people are passing out the winners list.
8:25 p.m. Album of the year is Alison Krauss and Robert Plant for Raising Sand. She has won her 26th Grammy. Nice to see Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day.
8:15 p.m. The reporter sitting to the right asks if there was any update on the Chris Brown situation. We confirm - yes, Brown was arrested during the show. The Entertainment Weekly reporter turns around. Scoop! Everyone in the press room starts talking about it. "He was arrested?" "Turned himself in" "What's the source?" "LA Times." "They got it from TMZ." "With attorney Mark Geragos." "That's bad news - he did Michael Jackson." "Was it Rihanna he beat up?" "Must have been." "What an idiot!" all concur.
8:03 p.m. It's Lil' Wayne fest. He has the most Grammy nominations, therefore he must get the most duets.
L.A. police have taken Chris Brown into custody. We wonder if they can bring him to Staples Center because the show is kind of running out of steam.
7:58 p.m. Everyone must be getting bombed backstage. All the monitors are dead, the press room stage is empty, and as the LA Times Grammy liveblogger reminded us, it's been 45 minutes since the last award.
7:55 p.m. Tribute to Bo Diddley. Buddy Guy and BB King are so great.
7:45 p.m. "Are you all MySpacing or Facebooking?" Oh yay. Katy Perry is the breath of fresh air the press room needed after the snoozy speech. She claims credit for the banana routine. "Yes, of course it was my idea to come down in a glittering banana into a crowd of androgynous dancers." She tells us how she was stuffing her face with chicken at the Clive Davis party last night. She is wearing the prettiest pink lace and silver sparkly dress. She says her personal style is "a little bit of the best-dressed and worse-dressed" but it is exactly what makes her happy and she doesn't care. She recalls how she used to call her parents for $20 for hummus at Trader Joe's. Yeah! She is here with her mom as her hot date, enjoying sitting next to Kenny Chesney. Finally, she talks about an early tour, where people said she would die on that tour and not make it. "And now I am here at the Grammys so f*** them!" she says sweetly. We all LOL.
Katy Perry is so entertaining we almost miss Neil Diamond doing the great "Sweet Caroline," a song about failed New York replacement senator Caroline Kennedy.
7:38 p.m. Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow reminds us that we have a Grammy winner in the White House.
7:20 p.m. Here is Gwyneth Paltrow. That means, yes, the USC Marching Band. And Radiohead. There are dozens of thrilled LA undergraduates on stage now in their hometown. You need to see this.
7:15 p.m. Natalie Cole is here talking about needing a kidney transplant. Fans have offered their kidneys to her. Wow.
M.I.A. and imminent spawn perform at the Grammys. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
M.I.A. is a hot topic at this year's Grammys. At least two presenters have mentioned that M.I.A. is scheduled to give birth today. There were also hordes of anti-M.I.A. protesters outside Staples Center hoisting signs saying "Sri Lanka does NOT support M.I.A.," "M.I.A. Suports Bloody Terrorism," and "M.I.A. Is a Liar."
7:00 p.m. Dave Grohl is on drums playing behind Paul McCartney. McCartney won another Grammy tonight for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for "I Saw Her Standing There." Well that hardly seems fair.
6:45 p.m. Record of the year winner is "Please Read This Letter" by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. The Krauss-Plant collaboration has previously borne Grammy fruit. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won the Grammy for best pop collaboration with vocals for "Rich Woman," Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
for "Killing The Blues,'' and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for "Raising Sand.''
6:36 p.m. Wil.i.iam looks snazzy in a light blue dinner jacket. He has a lot going on. He is producing a new Black Eyed Peas Record. He is playing John Wraith, a teleporter, in his film debut. He will be writing for the Huffington Post. When asked how the new administration will affect the responsibility of artists, he says that it's up to the networks to bring relevant entertainment to audiences, more than the artists. On playing the inauguration: "There is no bigger stage. It's bigger than music."
6:30 p.m. Kanye West and Estelle just cracked up everyone in the press room with their introduction of the winner for Best New Artist, "an award that has gone to Bob Newhart, but somehow never to us." Oh, the winner was Adele.
6:25 p.m. Ok, here's the wacky, cheesy excess that is everything we have come to know and expect from the Grammys. Katy Perry (in the words of Late, Late Show host Craig Ferguson, the "beautifully Bi-curious" Katy Perry) has just descended from a gigantic sparkling banana to perform "I Kissed a Girl."
Looks pretty hilarious stacked on a monitor above the prim Carrie Underwood decorously accepting her award.
6:15 p.m. Stevie Wonder is playing "Superstitious" with the Jonas Brothers on the main stage. Meanwhile, in the print media room, Al Green is telling the press "I love you." He is pleased as punch to have won his very first R & B Grammy. When asked how, as a man of the cloth, he intends to celebrate, he says he will repent for having missed Church this morning. "Thanks press!" he says, and exits to a round of applause.
Coldplay just won Best Rock Album.
6:05 p.m. In case you were wondering if the mainstream entertainment press are freaky music fans like the rest of us, the answer is yes. When Jennifer and Christian of Sugarland walked into the press area, the reporter from Entertainment Weekly went deeply country, erupting into the biggests hoots and hollahs y'all heard all night.
6 p.m. Behind the scenes in the press room, we have a constant trifecta: Live press conferences in our room (print press) with the award winners (at the moment it is Darius "Deezle" Harrison, producer of "Lollipop"), and television monitors with the live show as it happens (right now it's Taylor Swift dueting with Miley Cyrus) and media conferences with television/radio media.
5:15 p.m. Here in the press room at the Chick Hearn Pavillion at Staples Center at LA Live!, the press room is buzzing with the recent announcement that Rihanna and Chris Brown have canceled their Grammy performances. "Who's that?" members of the entertainment press ask each other as Whitney Houston appears on the monitor to fill in. Rough crowd.
4:15 p.m. OK, we are 90 feet from Paul McCartney. Well, we were, but that's already old news.
The musical performances tonight, in order of performers, is:
U2 - “Get On Your Boots”
Coldplay - “Lost”
Coldplay with Jay-Z - “Viva La Vida”
Carrie Underwood - “Last Name”
Kid Rock - “Amen”/”All Summer Long”/”Rock N Roll Jesus”
Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus - “Fifteen”
Jennifer Hudson - “You Pulled Me Through”
Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder - “Burnin’ Up”/”Superstition”
Katy Perry - “I Kissed a Girl”
Kanye West & Estelle - “American Boy”
Kenny Chesney - "Better As A Memory"
M.I.A., T.I., Jay-Z, Lil Wayne & Kayne West - "Swagga Like Us"
Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl - "I Saw Her Standing There"
Sugarland with Adele - "Stay"/"Chasing Pavements"
Radiohead with USC Marching Band - "15 Step"
T.I. & Justin Timberlake - "Dead and Gone"
Four Tops Tribute: Duke Fakir, Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo & Smokey Robinson - “Reach Out I’ll Be There”/”Standing in the Shadows of Love”/”I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch”)
Neil Diamond - “Sweet Caroline”
John Mayer, BB King, Buddy Guy & Keith Urban - In Memoriam Performance/Tribute to Bo Diddley
Lil Wayne featuring Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint & Terrence Blanchard - “Tie My Hands”/”Big Chief”/”Feet Don’t Fail Me Now”
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - “Rich Woman”/”Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)”
Stevie Wonder - “All About the Love Again”
Complete list of Grammy winners.
With additional reporting by Andy Sternberg.