Grammys 2013 – blow by blow


The 55th annual Grammy Awards are here. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s awards out of Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Red carpet:

Black was the order of the day apparently. Kelly Rowland, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the guys from Maroon 5 and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters were all keeping it tame in red. Someone who also took to wearing black was Jennifer Lopez, but she wasn’t keeping it too conservative. Last year Angelina Jolie showed a lot of leg at the Oscars and tonight it’s the chance of JLo, who looks amazing.

I think a lot of people were a bit taken aback when Beyonce arrived in her pants suit. She looks fantastic though. Can she do any wrong? Katy Perry and Rihanna brought some colour to the carpet. Katy was in a mint green dress while Rihanna was rocking royal red. Trust them to bring some life to the carpet ūüėČ

The Awards:

Taylor Swift opens the show with “We’re never getting back together”. She took a stab at her apparent ex, Harry Stylez with a British accent. “I still love you and I’m like I’m opening the Grammys”.

Host, LL Cool J is back. He is blabbering on about origins of music and where some of our favourite artists hail from. B from Houston, Adele from the UK… Rih from Barbados. “The show is ours. All of ours. So are you ready for your show? Are you ready for your show? Let’s get back to the music,” your words LL.

Second performance up tonight is from Ed Sheeran and Elton John. They performed Sheeran’s Angels To Fly song. It was cool – just cool.

Pitbull and Jennifer opez are up to present the first award of the night for the Best Pop Solo Performance Award. Pitbull says to JLo, “You inspire the memo” before handing out the award to Adele for Set Fire to the Rain. “My good luck charm, Jlo. Thank you so much. I want to say thank you and big love to the other girls. See you later, have a wonderful night.”

Neil Patrick Harris introduces fun. I’ll be honest, I though their performance was also just okay. Nothing spectacular.

Bonnie Raitt¬†and John Mayer welcome two of country music’s biggest stars to the stage Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

Dick Clark is remembered at the Grammys. LL says, “He is missed”. He then introduces Miguel and Wiz Khalifa. Miguel is singing his now Grammy winning song, Adorn alongside Wiz. The brother has pipes and Wiz is just kinda there. Miguel won for Best R&B Song. They’re now presenting the Best Country Solo performance award, which goes to Carrie Underwood. “Thank you. Country music has always been so good to me and I thank the good Lord. My family, my amazing perfect husband Mike. Glory to God, thank you so much.”

The Song of the Year Award is presented by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. That award goes to Fun for their song We Are Young. “Um, I don’t know what I was thinking writing this song. This is in HD, everyone can see our faces and we are not very young. We have been doing this for twelve years. To our families, we love you guys. I want to thank Jay-Z, Taylor… everyone”.

Johnny Depp introduces Mumford & Sons, who perform their track “I will wait for you”. It’s the performance of the night so far.

Justin Timberlake

Ellen and Beyonce are up to introduce Justin Timberlake. Welcome back JT “He was born to make music”… The black and white effect is awesome. His band, The Tennesse Kids are there and Jay-Z’s verse wouldn’t be left out. Jigga emerges from the crowd and everyone goes wild.

Kelly Rowland and Nas are up to present the Best Urban Contemporary Album. The Grammy goes to Frank Ocean for his album, Channel Orange. “So I hear it’s a bit easier if I imagine you all naked. I want to say thank you to my mother, to everyone at Future Records. Island Def Jam and all of you guys. Thank you.”

Dave Grohl and¬†Pauley Perrette are up to present the Best Rock Performance and the Grammy goes to Lonely Boy by the Black Keys. “We would like to thank our good friend, Brian Burton. Chad Blake. Everyone in Ohio, everybody in Tennesse.”

Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 collaboration is up. Their mashup of Tonight and Girl on Fire wasn’t what I hoped it would be. In my opinion it was too forced and maybe it’s because I’m not a Maroon 5 fan, but it just didn’t work for me. Alicia playing drums is super cool though.

Kaley Cuouco¬†and Keith Urban are up to present Best Pop Vocal Album to Kelly Clarkson for Stronger.¬† “I got stuck to Miranda Lambert. I get nervous speaking in front of people. Fun. I’ve been covering you all summer. Miguel I don’t know who the hell you are but we need to sing together. I honestly didn’t think I was going to win.”

Rihanna and Micky Echo singing Stay. Lovely intimate performance by Rih Rih.

Ne-Yo and Carly Rae Jepsen are up to present Best Rap Sung Collaboration “I didn’t think I’d be the first one speaking but thank you,” Frank Ocean. I would like to thank the Swap Meet for his hat. Thank you God,” Jay-Z. What on earth was The Dream thinking though when he got dressed? Tjop!

Kat Dennings from 2 Broke Girls introduces Grammy winners, The Black Keys. They’re joined on stage by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they perform Lonely Boy. Cool performance. Kelly Clarkson honours pays tribute to Lifetime Achievement recipients Patti Page & Carole King before presenting the Best Country Album Award. The award goes to Zac Brown Band for their album, Uncaged.

Bob Marley tribue, Grammys 2013

The Bob Marley tribute is up featuring Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and two of the Marley Brothers. Bruno Mars kicks off the tribute with Locked out of Heaven. Sting joins him and they slow it down with Walking on the Moon. Rihnna and Ziggy Marley are now on stage singing Could you be Loved. Hello Damian Marley. This is winning!

The Lumineers are on stage now singing their let’s get stoned and reminisce. I do love this song though.

Album of the Year nominee, Jack White takes to the Grammy stage to perform.

Katy Perry is up to present the award to the Best Newcomer Award. “I was never nominated in this category and I have my own eyelash line”. The award goes to Fun. “I didn’t think we were going to win this one. Frank Ocean, The Lumineers. Amazing. I’ve got to pee real badly, so I’m going to leave this up to these guys. Thank you so much. We’re so old.”

Hunter Hayes enjoys a short performance before introducing the lovely Carrie Underwood who is performing Blown Away.¬† She, just like Kelly Clarkson has pipes for days. There’s this weird graphics show happening on Carrie’s dress while she’s performing.

Prince presents the award for Record of the Year to Somebody that I used to Know. “Little bit lost for words to be receiving this award from this man standing behind us with a cane.” is a site you will want to visit. Pay tribute to your teachers, make sure they get the praise too.

In memoriam segment is up. In 2012 greats like Dick Clark, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Frank Wilson, Hal David passed away. Sir Elton John, Zac Brown, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and others pay tribute to those lost in 2012 and also to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, whose lives were lost too soon. They’re singing a Levon Helm track.

Juanes sings an Elton John number. He then welcomes Frank Ocean to the stage. There’s a great backdrop for the star, as he sings his song Forrest Gump.

Adele is up to present the Album of the Year. The award goes to Babel by Mumford & Sons. Lekker. “Adele is looking lovely tonight and so nice to get this from another British musician. Thank you very much.”

2012 VMA winners list

The annual MTV VMAs took place at the Staples Center in LA last night. Unfortunately we didn’t have a live stream in South Africa, but if you were able to watch the awards in your part of the world, let us know what the show was like. I hear Rihanna’s performance was superb and a great way to open the show. She performed her song Cockiness alongside A$AP Rocky. Taylor apparently closed the show with her hit, “We Are Never Getting Back Together”, which by that point everyone was like uh, whatevs Taylor imma drink myself stupor… Na’mean ūüėČ Ha! Here’s a list of the winners from this year’s VMAs:

Video of the Year:¬†Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Best New Artist:¬†One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best Female Video:¬†Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
Best Hip-Hop Video:¬†Drake, featuring Lil’ Wayne, “HYFR”
Best Male Video:¬†Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Best Pop Video:¬†One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best Rock Video: Coldplay, “Paradise”
Best Video With a Message: Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
Best Electronic Dance Music Video: Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”
Most Shareworthy Video:¬†One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best Choreography: Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Best Editing: Beyonce, “Countdown”
Best Visual Effects: Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”
Best Cinematography: M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Best Art Direction: Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Best Direction: M.I.A., “Bad Girls”

2012 MTV VMA nominees

Check out the list of nominees for this year’s VMAs, set to take place on the 6th of September at the Staples Center in LA:

Video of the Year

Katy Perry, Wide Awake
Gotye, Somebody That I Used To Know
Rihanna, We Found Love
Drake feat. Rihanna, Take Care
M.I.A., Bad Girls

Best New Artist
Fun. feat. Janelle Mon√°e, We Are Young
Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe
Frank Ocean, Swim Good
One Direction, What Makes You Beautiful
The Wanted, Glad You Came

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, Heartbeat
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, HYFR
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, Mercy
Watch the Throne, Paris
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, Beez in the Trap

Best Male Video
Justin Bieber, Boyfriend
Frank Ocean, Swim Good
Drake feat. Rihanna, Take Care
Chris Brown, Turn Up the Music
Usher, Climax

Best Female Video

Rihanna, We Found Love
Katy Perry, Part of Me
Beyoncé Knowles, Love on Top
Nicki Minaj, Starships
Selena Gomez & The Scene, Love You Like a Love Song

Best Pop Video
One Direction, What Makes You Beautiful
Fun. feat. Janelle Mon√°e, We Are Young
Rihanna, We Found Love
Justin Bieber, Boyfriend
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, Payphone

Best Rock Video
Coldplay, Paradise
The Black Keys, Lonely Boy
Linkin Park, Burn It Down
Jack White, Sixteen Saltines
Imagine Dragons, It’s Time

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Duck Sauce, Big Bad Wolf
Calvin Harris, Feel So Close
Skrillex, First of the Year (Equinox)
Martin Solveig, The Night Out
Avicii, Le7els

Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato, Skyscraper
Rise Against, Ballad of Hollis Brown
Kelly Clarkson, Dark Side
Gym Class Heroes, The Fighter
K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, Is Anybody Out There?
Lil Wayne, How to Love

Best Art Direction
Katy Perry, Wide Awake
Drake feat. Rihanna, Take Care
Lana Del Rey, Born to Die
Regina Spektor, All the Rowboats
Of Monsters & Men, Little Talks

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, Turn Up the Music
Rihanna, Where Have You Been
Beyoncé Knowles, Countdown
Avicii, Le7els
Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, Dance Again

Best Cinematography
M.I.A., Bad Girls
Adele, Someone Like You
Drake feat. Rihanna, Take Care
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, Princess of China
Lana Del Rey, Born to Die

Best Direction
M.I.A., Bad Girls
Duck Sauce, Big Bad Wolf
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, Princess of China
Frank Ocean, Swim Good
Watch the Throne, Otis

Best Editing
Beyoncé Knowles, Countdown
A$AP Rocky, Goldie
Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know
Watch the Throne, Paris
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, Mercy

Best Visual Effects
Katy Perry, Wide Awake
Rihanna, Where Have You Been
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Turn Me On
Linkin Park, Burn It Down

Grammys 2012 – Jennifer Hudson sings to Whitney Houston

Jennifer Hudson takes to the stage for the special tribute to Whitney Houston and others, whom we lost this year, singing arguably her biggest song ever: I Will Always Love You.

“Whitney We Love you”

Grammys 2012 – Foo Fighters win Best Rock Performance

Best Rock Performance goes to the Foo Fighters for their track Walk

“Thank you very much everybody. This is a great honour because this record was a special record for the bands. Rather than using the fancy computers you can buy, we made it in my garage. It shows that the human element of making music is the most important thing you can do”

Ryan Seacrest introduced the Beach Boys, along with Foster the People and Maroon 5. Maroon 5 got it going with Surfer Girls. Foster the People then tackled Wouldn’t It Be Nice. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in the business, the Beach Boys (Men) hopped onto the stage to perform their song Good Viberations.

Grammys 2012 – Rihanna and Colplay

Acoustic version of “We Found Love” from Rihanna, which then moved into the version we like. Great performance and the choreography is on point too. Slowing things down a bit, Chris Martin of Coldplay started singing Princess of China with Rihanna.The rest of the band then joined Chris Martin on stage singing their hit single Paradise. You might recall this video was recorded in South Africa last year. He doesn’t sound as good as he did during the concert, but it’s still a great performance.

Grammys 2012 – Foo Fighters perform outside the Staples Center

Jack Black and all his groupies introduced Grammy winners the Foo Fighters. They’ve already won four awards tonight. They’re performing outside the Staples Center for fans. What a cool idea to get the normal people an opportunity to experience the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Rocking

Grammys 2012 – Best Rap Performance to Jay-Z and Kanye West

Fergie and Marc Anthony present the next award for¬† Best Rap Performance. The two weren’t there tonight so the presenters accepted the award on their behalf.

Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson then took to the stage to perform, Don’t You Wanna Stay. This woman has one of the best voices right now. No lip-syncing there, its real talent.

Grammys 2012 – Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele

Alicia Keys and Bonny Rait perform a special tribute to the late Etta James by singing a Sunday Kind of Love. This is musical talent!

Adele wins Best Pop Solo performance. She said, “I should take my shoes off I‚Äôm probably too tall. Thank you, My life changed when I wrote this song. I need to thank my doctors who brought my voice back. Thank you”

This award was followed by a performance by Chris Brown, who played his track Turn Up The Music and Beautiful People (which he worked with Benny Benassi on).

More Grammy performers announced

In just under three weeks, music’s big night- The Grammys– takes place at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. One of my personal highlights of the year… love it! Last year I brought you the first list of confirmed performers and here is the second bunch of the world’s finest, who will be taking to the stage. They are: The Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Pink, and the Zac Brown Band. They’ll be joining the likes of Beyonc√©, the Black Eyed Peas and Taylor Swift. I’ll say it again, anyone offering me a ticket??? LOL! One day