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Taylor Swift reacts as she accepts the album of the year award at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Taylor Swift reacts as she accepts the album of the year award at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

I’m blogging about the Grammy’s as it goes along. I’m also making comments on my Twitter page.

Lady Gaga opens with a suitably over-the-top musical theatre act. She starts with “Poker Face” in an outfit stolen perhaps from the Xanadu set. “She’s a monster!” a narrator says. Indeed!

She is joined by part-time Atlantan Elton John in part two of her opener. Both appear to have survived some sort of nuclear holocaust with Elton’s diamond-studded glasses and random limbs on the dueling pianos doing his first hit “Your Song.” What helps her, underneath the makeup and razzmattazz,  is she can truly sing.

“Stay away from Katy Perry,” said Stephen Colbert to his daughter.

Other mildly amusing quips. “What I’d like to see is Adam Lambert and any sense of restraint.”

“I have one issue with the Grammy’s. Why isn’t Susan Boyle here? Sure, Justin Timberlake may have brough Sexyback. Susan Boyle sent it back. Goodbye sexy!”

“Your industry was saved by a 48-year-old cat lady in sensible shoes.”

It’s 8:12 p.m. Time for an award! Song of the year, which is rewarded to the songwriter, per se, not the singer (unless they are one and the same). Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” is the first winner of the night. (Beyonce was prepping for a performance and couldn’t make it on stage with the songwriters.) Three of the songwriters, Terius Nash (better known as The-Dream), Christopher Stewart, and Kuk Harrell, are from Atlanta.

Performance #2 (there will be at least 17) was Green Day with the cast of the upcoming Broadway play “American Idiot” performing “21 Guns.” There appeared to be about 300 people on stage but it worked. It gave the song a more muscular (and naturally theatrical) feel.

At 8:25 p.m., we get to the best country album. North Georgia’s own Zac Brown Band was in the running but Taylor Swift won. No surprise there. So Kanye, both Beyonce and Taylor won. See– everyone can share!

CBS synergy alert with Simon Baker (”The Mentalist”) introducing Beyonce. She starts in the audience with a group of Robocops behind her. She looks stunning, as usual. The Grammy’s have added the mini-”crowd” near the front of the stage (MTV has done this many times in the past) to give more energy to the performances. Interesting she chose “If You Were a Boy” instead of “Single Ladies” or “Halo” but it’s more interesting when she goes into Alanis Morrissette (though she naturally leaves out the F-word.). She does a perfectly suitable version though I was almost expecting Morrissette to just pop up. She didn’t.

At 8:39 p.m.: Pink looks a bit like an 1980s version of Kim Basinger entering the stage and then goes all Cirque du Soleil. I don’t know I could sing while being thrown around like a merry go round in midair. I give her points singing a non-single “Glitter in the Air.” I’m not sure the Grammy folks were too happy about that but from an imagery standpoint, that was certainly cool.

Two Georgia acts vie for the Best New Artist: R&B singer Keri Hilson and the Zac Brown Band. Zac Brown wins! They’ve certainly earned it, with four hit singles off “The Foundation,” including some of my favorite songs from the past year. And their current single gives props to, of all things, I-20.

The Black Eyed Peas, who are performing at Philips Arena Thursday, follow Beyonce’s path with a futuristic feel and the act’s fourth single of “The End,” “Imma  Be,” segued into Grammy-nominated hit “I Gotta Feeling.” But after Pink, that was just typical BEP.

Lady Antebellum, whose two guy members are from Georgia, do a faithful version of their crossover hit “Need You Now,” one of my favorite songs of recent vintage. Earlier, they had won for best country duo performance with “I Run To You.”

I guess because they are all recognizable to the general public, the best comedy album is included in primetime. Colbert wins. “This is a Christmas album so I have to thank Jesus Christ.”

It’s now 9:15 p.m. The tally: six performances, four awards handed out. Typical nowadays on awards shows.

Now they are getting to “Record of the Year” relatively early. This one is for performance, production and engineering (not songwriting). My wife predicted correctly: “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, their U2-style anthemic song that has been played to death by local radio. They seemed suitably drunk on stage.

Which is appropriate because they go right into Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” (on the alcohol.) Yet another cut to Jay-Z (twice). The Grammy producer sure likes him, eh? More amusing: George Clinton in the audience.

Atlanta resident Justin Bieber flubs the line saying Beyonce instead of Bon Jovi. But he’s still cute. Right, tweens?

Sixth Grammy announced is best rock album and U2 does not win! Instead, it’s Green Day. Who would have thought in 1995 that they’d become Grammy favorites in 2010?

Zac Brown Band goes all patriotic with “America the Beautiful” in their medley. Was Leon Russell (joining the band) still alive by the end? Zac resisted singing “God Bless the USA” or actually unfurling an American flag. They’re getting much love on Twitter, too.

Dunwoody grad Ryan Seacrest introduces Taylor Swift, instead of an Idol alum. Not totally predictable. And as usual, Swift goes offkey. Not that she cares. Poor Stevie Nicks.

Watching the Michael Jackson tribute without 3D glasses is making me dizzy – and vaguely underwhelmed. So much time has passed since his death and we’ve seen so many tributes, I guess that was inevitable.

Atlanta’s own Jennifer Nettles gets some Grammy love by joining Bon Jovi on “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” But the band’s truly career defining song is “Living on the Prayer,” the one the fans voted. Duh!

The Grammys went a half hour without giving out a Grammy. Finally we get best rap song collaboration, “Run This Town” with Jay-Z, Rihanna and the absent Kanye West. Where is Kanye West? He must be banned from all future award shows since the Taylor debacle.

We get some Haiti relief pleas from Wyclef Jean, followed by the Grammy producers throwing three acts together for the heck of it: David Foster, Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli singing Simon & Garfunkel. Blige can sing random Twitter messages and make it sound heartfelt. And she and Bocelli actually sound good together.

Okay. Homestretch, people. Endless blabber from the Recording Academy, a thankfully brief Dave Matthews jam and then Beyonce winning best female vocal performance. So, so close!

Next up: R&B singer Maxwell. After he does “Pretty Wings” and “Where is the Love”  It’s apropos they pair him up with the incomparable Roberta Flack. And it was wonderful to see a tasteful Les Paul tribute with Jeff Beck, though I’m now getting cranky because it’s well past 11 p.m.

The final song features Eminem, Drake and Lil Wayne and is muted constantly for various cuss words. Eminem is impressive with the rhymes as always. Lil Wayne wears sunglasses and a T-shirt that says, “Listen to Lil Wayne.” He knows all about self marketing before 15 million viewers (or whoever is left now that it’s 11:18 p.m.)

A friend told me the Grammys had already planned to end this show at 11:30 p.m. Lucky us!

Taylor Swift won the big album of the year prize for “Fearless.” She looks genuinely shocked despite spending half the past year on the awards dais. “Oh my god! Oh, wow. Thank you so much!” she said. Lady Gaga does not look impressed.

58 comments Add your comment

Janet

January 31st, 2010
8:15 pm

Dancing babies around the world rejoice!

DangerousDan87

January 31st, 2010
8:37 pm

DangerousDan87

January 31st, 2010
8:56 pm

PINK WAS AMAZING

Steve

January 31st, 2010
9:00 pm

Cheeeeeeeers to ZAC BROWN!

Dave

January 31st, 2010
9:12 pm

I’m watching the Grammys and The Black Eyed Peas came on. Do people genuinely LIKE that song? I mean, that was the biggest bunch of rap and idiocy I have ever heard. The apocoplypse is indeed upon us….

dbalcer

January 31st, 2010
9:24 pm

Lady A was awesome.

Tiptoe89

January 31st, 2010
9:24 pm

Maybe before he gets too old, George Clinton/Bootsy/Parliment/Funkadelic and all the artists who have sampled them could perform live on stage at the Grammys

ole leather-head

January 31st, 2010
9:34 pm

I miss Bing Crosby, the kids today with the bling-bling, talent like a good kosher hot-dog doesn’t need all the glitter….

BlondeHoney

January 31st, 2010
9:37 pm

leon russell looks like my great grandpa

JB

January 31st, 2010
9:42 pm

Zac and the boys tore it up!

The Original Villiage People Were Better

January 31st, 2010
9:44 pm

I know I’m not the first to mention this, but I can’t get it out of my head…Black Eyed Peas are the New Villiage People for the new generation. Same anthem songs sung in stadiums, other catchy hits for the masses, and a band made up of, well, a villiage.

So what?

January 31st, 2010
10:00 pm

7 million people turned the channel when that 3D kicked in.

Janet

January 31st, 2010
10:07 pm

I hope they had a warm blanket waiting for Pink when she got offstage…

and wish Taylor Swift was capable of singing on key more often…

It made me sad to see Quincy Jones looking so old (but not as sad as it made me seeing Celine Dion at all….).

CJ

January 31st, 2010
10:19 pm

Yay for Paris and Prince Michael!

Right On Time

January 31st, 2010
10:21 pm

Zac Brown Band was awesome…too bad Leon Russel was not there for it.

Mos Def and Placido???? Yep, that sounds right.

ODB

January 31st, 2010
10:21 pm

Boooooooooooooring. Admit it, you all miss ODB. “Wu-Tang is for the kids!”

local music

January 31st, 2010
10:47 pm

You didn’t mention ATL bred Butch Walker playing with Taylor Swift. She dug his cover of her song and invited him to play with her.

Chuckie D

January 31st, 2010
10:48 pm

Hey ROHO,

I’d rather hear ZBB singing anything, including your “Patriotic slam reference” to some of the other “music—say, Black Eye Peas selections” that was offered~~~

Joe

January 31st, 2010
10:56 pm

“A thankfully brief Dave Matthews jam”?? C’mon, man, that was powerful!

b-digg

January 31st, 2010
10:56 pm

perhaps Zac Brown’s America the Beautiful was a tribute to Ray Charles’ version. That’s what I thought when I saw it.

wow

January 31st, 2010
10:58 pm

Beyonce looking FINE after winning her award.
That dress was amazing.

Erin

January 31st, 2010
11:00 pm

What? No love for Butch Walker?

badshowisbad

January 31st, 2010
11:11 pm

This show was pretty bad, where was Susan Boyle ? Her and Beyonce would have been the only ones with any talent there.. Well and Gaga i always forget under the paint she is talented.

Janet

January 31st, 2010
11:14 pm

The late-evening duos have been solid — Maxwell and Roberta Flack, Jeff Beck and Imelda May. But why did Quentin Tarantino wear PJs?

Bklyn

January 31st, 2010
11:17 pm

How come no metion of India Arie’s GRAMMY and MAXWELL 2 GRAMMYS….ITS ABOUT TIME!!!!!

Chuckie D

January 31st, 2010
11:21 pm

Mr. ROHO:
I liked your comments concerning the “Music by Eminem and others” “muted constantly for various cuss words. Eminem is impressive with the rhymes as always”

I suppose “impressive” is in the eyes (and ears) of the beholder?

Please note that the Zac Brown Band did not require muting and I feel you made more disparaging remarks toward them than the above mentioned “Artists”.

Is the AJC wondering why circulation continues to decrease???

John

January 31st, 2010
11:21 pm

Just to inform you, Lil Wayne is NOT from Atlanta. Nice try though

Get Real

January 31st, 2010
11:23 pm

Who cares about this stuff? Seriously. A bunch of self-absorbed idiots and their egos. Totally superficial and meaningless. Time to focus on ding-dong Obama and the damage he’s doing to the nation!

Kanye W

January 31st, 2010
11:36 pm

Beyonce was robbed again!

ODB

January 31st, 2010
11:40 pm

Get Real! It’s obvious you care or you wouldn’t spend the time to read and reply. Seems like only people like you that post ignorant comments in blogs that have nothing to do with your topic are what is truly damaging this nation. Go watch Fox cable.

Kanye W

January 31st, 2010
11:41 pm

‘Da womens be lookin’ fine tonight ;)

I agree

January 31st, 2010
11:41 pm

I agree- these awrds are utterly meaningless. There are bigger issues we’re facing than Beyone’s dress or Lady Gaga. Get a life and grow up!

Taylor

January 31st, 2010
11:41 pm

Kanye, get over it

ODB

January 31st, 2010
11:44 pm

Sorry. I’m a loser with no life, so I have to live though celebrities that I’ll never meet. I am pathetic. I’ll go back to my $30k a year job tomorrow and gring away again.

ODB

January 31st, 2010
11:44 pm

Hey I agree, just what issues are you solving at 11:41 pm sitting at your computer typing?

I agree

January 31st, 2010
11:47 pm

Sorry. I’m a loser with no life, so I have to live though celebrities that I’ll never meet. I am pathetic. I’ll go back to my $15k a year job tomorrow and gring (sic) away again.

Clown Bozo

January 31st, 2010
11:48 pm

Dave Matthews Band is soo bloody overrated! Wait, where was the best male pop vocal award? Oh, the commercials were more important, I guess. Grammy’s and CBS are sellouts…
PS. ROHO, for a prude like you Pink might look a bit over the top. In other civilized parts of the world her act would be rated as “Classy!”.

L Myers

February 1st, 2010
12:33 am

The Hwy 20 Ride by Zac Brown Band is NOT about frigging I-20 in case you haven’t listened to the song. It is about a GA State route “Hwy 20″ that runs all the way across North Ga and ends up in SC. Go ZAC!!!!!!!!!!!

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amtietam

February 1st, 2010
1:28 am

why is no one commenting on colbert’s stinging bust down of madam lambert – he really chumped him down with that remark… his fans and the media can spin it any way they want – he called him out in a way that wasn’t complimentary at all… and why does dude have to always look like frankenstein, or herman munster… he needs to fire his stylist – better yet, no… he is a laugh a minute…

tee

February 1st, 2010
4:44 am

I think the listen to lil wayne shirt was hilarious, i already see them poppin up online

http://www.listentolilwayneshirt.com/

finally

February 1st, 2010
6:11 am

LOVED Gaga and Elton John, the arms sticking up on her piano are her trademark, it’s a hand making a claw for her “little monsters” which she refers to as her fans. I was at the 1st Fox show in Dec. and it was amazing. Poor Taylor Swift’s performance was painfully off key with Stevie Nicks. Beyonce was her usual boring unoriginal self. I enjoyed the Mary J and Andreas Boticelli performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water. Pink was also really great.

Rodney Ho

February 1st, 2010
7:20 am

I’m a huge fan of ZBB. There was no slam there.

steverino

February 1st, 2010
9:29 am

I hate to say it, and how he said it was wrong, but Kanye was right. That Swift girl can’t sing a lick. Her high school lyrics match her school girl voice. Somehow ironically appropriate, her voice was like fingernails on a blackboard. Painful.

TrafficHeadache

February 1st, 2010
10:08 am

It’s not that I’m old…your music really does suck.

isaiahii

February 1st, 2010
10:33 am

Who does the voting to select the winners of Grammys? 12 year old girls. I thought album of the year was based on the quality of the songs on the album, not on sales. Nobody over 16 could possibly enjoy the lyrics to Taylor Swit’s songs.

Gary

February 1st, 2010
11:07 am

Actually L Myers, GA State Highway 20 runs from Alabama through just north of Atlanta in the burbs and then comes back down a clockwise angle through Gwinnett, Walton, Rockdale, Newton, and Henry counties. It does not go to or even near SC. It is however, the basis behind the song by the Zac Brown Band.

Rodney, I know you say you are a fan, but you should know this.

Gary

February 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Taylor can thank her daddy and his huge checkbook for her awards last night. Her year was based off of two songs that got so much overexposure on all genre radio thanks to the never ending marketing campaign by her father and his record label. Her fans – the 14-17 year olds who know no other music than hers – are the ones who constantly get mom to buy music at the store or download it from Itunes. Country radio – especially the local stations – have listened to the country fan and have cut back the overexposure, especially since her freak wins in the Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year wins at the CMA awards back in November. Taylor is pop and should be classified as such.

Anyone who is not tone deaf could hear her butchering the songs with Stevie Nicks last night. She has no vocal talent and should stick to writing songs for Disney radio stars or other children/teen idols. I almost want to pen a note to Stevie Nicks for having to live through that event last night. I would love to see the ratings breakdown for that moment and see how many viewers dropped off.

chzbykr

February 1st, 2010
11:44 am

Agree with “Gary” Taylor Swift has no talent as a singer maybe her songs performed by others would be her best route.

jcruz

February 1st, 2010
12:07 pm

black eyed peas and luda this week! i cant wait!