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Grammys 2009 - Live Blog

Ask Bill O'Reilly: sometimes you just have to do it live. So this Sunday, Feb. 8 when the 51st Grammy Awards air live on CBS, Prefix will be live-blogging the event for your simplified consumption. If you decide to watch the telecast, still come to Prefix so that you can be told how to think and feel about the events as they transpire; no one wants to be the person at the office caught with an absolutely baseless, asinine opinion.


Considering the surprisingly high number of, um, talented nominees this year, there are a lot of questions to be answered: will Taylor Swift announce that she's in a polyamorous relationship with all three Jonas Brothers? Will M.I.A. give birth during her performance? Will her fresh, amniotic fluid-covered, newborn child do a crotch slide across the stage, a la Springsteen? Will the results of the ceremony beat back all of this anticipation by confirming the popularly-held view that the Grammys are an increasingly irrelveant avenue for industry-types to honor the soporific and common (likely)?


Check back here on Feb. 8 at 8 PM EST to find out.. 


The Grammys will air at 8PM EST on CBS.


8:02. Okay, U2 is opening the ceremony with a big, important performance of "Get On Your Boots," and I think the sanctimony actually cracked my tv screen.


8:05. Whitney Houston looks pretty good, but why is she talking like she has a neurological disorder?


8:06. Jennifer Hudson beats Al Green and Rafael Saddiq for Best R&B album. She's really holding it together well, and still manages to thank God after her family trouble.


8:08. Hah, I actually like Dwayne Johnson, but he is delivering some kind of monologue that is not even remotely funny, complete with a lame "I Kissed A Girl" joke.


8:11. Boyz II Men are performing as Al Green's backup singers, which is probably the best gig they've had in about a decade.


8:13. As much as "Let's Stay Together" is a perfect, amazing song, when I heard that Justin Timberlake was performing  at the Grammys, I was hoping he was going to do some new stuff.


8:15. Alright, JT and Al Green just had a falsetto-off, and my balls crawled out of my sac and into my earlobes.


8:20. For some reason I thought Simon Baker was introducing Radiohead, but he wasn't. It was Coldplay


8:22. Okay, Jay-Z stepped out of the darkness like Alec Baldwin in The Shadow and started rapping. Then he disappeared as quickly as he came. That's what she said, Oh!


8:24. Pssh, I hoped no one actually thought that Coldplay was going to let us go with that spare, dark perfromance. Now they're doing the arena-god thing as expected, and the entire ceremony is lit up.


8:27. The house that Simon Cowell built, Carrie Underwood, is performing and I don't understand what about this song makes it "country music." Is it the banjo in the background?


8:30. Screw Carrie Underwood, who is the girl who was shredding on that guitar? I'm cleaning up pools of my face off the desk.


8:32. Sugarland just won a Grammy for "Best Country Performance" and the five seconds of the song they played didn't sound horrible. Please don't hurt me.


8:45. Like the hick republican he is, Kid Rock feels compelled to shout out Lynyrd Skynyrd by doing this weak refried version of the original. Great.


8:53. Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus are singing a song that I think is about being jailbait, and they are smiling at each other knowingly, probably because they both have a lot of jailbait experience (no pedo).


8:57. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss just won "Best Pop Collaboration", which I'm sure surprises no one. I hope they get mugged by Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland in the parking lot.


9:00. Whoa, maybe it is the dress she's wearing, but Jennifer Hudson looks mad thin. Damned Hollywood ruins all the good sistas.


9:07. According to a commercial, Diddy is guest-starring on CSI: Miami next week. We need to get a clip of this up on Prefix as soon as possible.


9:09. Dear God, the Jonas Brothers are performing with Stevie Wonder, and one of them just shouted out, "C'mon Stevie!" I'm about to start crying blood.


9:11. So, this is pretty much underscoring the Jonas Brothers' tremendous lack of real talent, because Stevie Wonder at 58 sounds far better than they do in the prime of their life. This also makes this farce of a performance that much harder to watch.


9:14. Blink-182 alert! It is ridiculous that In Rainbows is nominated for "Best Alternative Album" but not "Best Rock Album." What is the criteria that makes something "alternative" and not "rock"


9:21. Kate Beckinsale just covered her daughter's ears. So hot.


9:22. Yes. I am not going to lie, I am pleased both to see Katy Perry perform, for the obvious reasons, and to hear "I Kissed A Girl," even though Perry's voice sounds pretty flat.


9:24. Whoever can come up with the best explanation for the symbology of Katy Perry descending upon the stage in a giant banana wins this cartful of stuff I picked up at Circuity City the other day for a dollar.


9:26. Right after Katy Perry's performance the camera went in on a shot of the Jonas Brothers, looking like their promise rings are on fire.


9:27. Kanye's mullet is in full effect, complete with a fade on the sides. And why is Estelle specifically attracted to guys who are 5'7? That is the oddest height requirement I have ever heard.


9:29. I think it's really cool that Adele just beat Jonas Brothers and Duffy for "Best New Artist," 19 is a solid record.


9:32. Why does the announcer keep referring to the TI, Kanye, Jay-Z, Weezy performance as a "hip-hop" summit, like they're going to sit around and reevalute hip-hop's relevance as sociopolitical movement.


9:36. Roflcopter: why is Morgan Freeman friends with Kenny Chesney? What do they do when they hang out together? The person who provides the best answer to this question will win this cart of recalled peanut butter I got the other day for free.


9:40. They just announced "Record of the Year." Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: "All your awards are belong to us."


9:47. M.I.A. is about as magnificent as she is pregnant.


9:51. The thing M.I.A. is wearing is amazing, and polka-dotted in all the right places.


9:53. Kate Beckinsale has the dumbest genetics in the world. Did you see the shine coming off that hair?


9:56. Paul McCartney is doing "I Saw Her Standing There," probably because Kate Beckinsale is disgustingly, horrifically attractive.


10:00. Two hours into the Grammy telecast and not a single mention of or appearance for Tokio Hotel. I'm starting to think that I took all this Viagra for nothing.


10:03. I've never heard of Charlie Haden, does that mean I have to turn in my Music Critic Asshole credentials?


10:05. John Mayer didn't thank Jennifer Aniston?!?!?! Methinks there is trouble in paradise.


10:09. More unnecessary championing of Sugarland: This song, "Stay," is kind of milquetoast, but it's decent, in that it's leagues better than "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" and "Redneck Woman."


10:10. What's the purpose of Sugarland telling the lie "our friend Adele." Would the world explode if we knew that all celebrities didn't send each other Christmas cards and fly kites together?


10:15. These Grammys suck. Would it be cool if I live-blogged the last episode of Battlestar Galactica instead? Radiohead better redeem this crap.


10:18. It is perhaps ironic that Gwenyth Paltrow, wife to the lead singer of what many believe to be "Radiohead-light," is introducing Radiohead.


10:21. Thom Yorke is clearly an insane person, and USC has the luckiest marching band in the world. Each one of them gets to say, "I played with this band one time, I don't know if you've ever heard of them, they're kinda obscure, RADIOHEAD?"


10:27. For some reason, there are a lot of commercials for musicals in Chicago. Does that mean that the same people who are willing to go see Movin' Out, and Riverdance are also the same people that tune into the increasingly irrelevant Grammy telecast?


10:32. Do you think Justin Timberlake and TI bonded over all the time they spent trappin', and trying to see the elastic waistband of Britney Spears' underwear during the Mickey Mouse Club recording?


10:35. The president of the recording academy is trying to appropriate Barack Obama's motto to pay lip service to how great the NARAS is. He also talks about the need for a "Secretary of the Arts" which sounds cool, until you realize that he'd probably want to the person holding that position to police copyright infringement.


10:40. This Four Tops cover band that Smokey Robinson, Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo have formed is probably one of the lamest developments in tonight's ceremony, but Jordin Sparks loves it.


10:47. There's an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where a witch steals her daughter's body so that she can relive her cheerleading glory days, and I think something like that must have happened to Josh Groban because he is a geriatric, limp-dick ballad loving old man in a 27-year-old's body.


10:50. Hova was really feeling "Sweet Caroline" by the look on his face when Neil Diamond was done. Who woulda thunk it?


11:01. CBS easily has the least relevant celebrity presenters. Gary Sinise? Jay Mohr? Come on, ask NBC to lend you some.


11:07. The bloggability of this program declines every single minute it stays on. Haha, T-Pain and are both black dudes with dreadlocks, funny hats and weird glasses.


11:10. Lil Wayne won the award for best rap album, had a family reunion onstage and almost jump kicked the model. Why can't this be the Source Awards?


11:17. Zooey Deschanel is introducing Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. I wonder if Katy Perry feels threatened.


11:21. This is the first time I've heard any of the material that Robert Plant and Alison Krauss did together, and while it's not bad at all, I don't understand all the Grammys they nabbed.


11:24. Surprise, surprise, the lion from Wizard of Oz and Alison Krauss win album of the year, and Alison finally gets to speak. And they're playing them off with the music.


So, to recap, my anticipated Tokio Hotel "boner party" turned out to be a Robert Plant and Alison Kraus "boner night in with a bottle of wine and a box of easy mac," and i feel plum cheated. I'm gonna go sit in the corner and shiver. Good night everybody!



2009 Grammys Winners

Radiohead: "15 Step" ft. USC Marching Band (Grammys 2009 - Video)

Coldplay: "Lost" f. Jay-Z (Grammys 2009 - Video)

T.I.: "Swagga Like Us" (Grammys - Video) ft. M.I.A., Jay-Z, Kanye, Lil Wayne

T.I.: "Dead And Gone" ft. Justin Timberlake (Grammys 2009 - Video)


- Grammy - Winners (2009) Radiohead, Thom Yorke Thom Yorke and Gustavo Santaolalla for <i>Terminator Salvation</i>?


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Third, I guess. But I'm not too enthusiastic about it.

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Settle in for the sheer perversity of it, Winistorfer

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I didn't mean the Grammy's. I meant I wasn't so enthusiastic about being third. I can't even watch them, because I don't have cable anymore (or TV service). I was looking forward to laughing at this.

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I gave up on the grammys the year radiohead lost to dylan.

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Also, daud doesn't know how to count.

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One more hour to go...

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Daft Punk already won two awards: one for "Best Dance Recording" and the other for "Best Dance Album" I believe. I was sure that they were gonna get beaten out for that first one by "Disturbia."

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radiohead are playing live with the USC marching band. diplo and questlove are also doing live twitter updates and its pretty hilarious.

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disturbia is sooo good. i know it's wrong to love her wannabe-B little self but when my roommate's gay friend plays it 25 times each Saturday during his pregame regimen my love blossomed

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apparently rihanna won't be making an appearance tonight...

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I'm really pissed that Rock can't cut a decent promo anymore.

****ing sell out....


This thread (and awards show) needs more Tokio Hotel.

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I just tuned in, and am most disappointed to discover that I've missed a falsetto-off that could have made my balls crawl out of my sac and into my earlobes.

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yo doors! #1 here!

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Who won best death metal band?

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Interesting to know that MRich's balls iz in hiz ears

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I believe they gave that one to Jethro Tull

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Where's tokio hotel? Why are we using CST?

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What did i miss?

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Tokio Hotel are getting their hair did. Those broads need to look hot to impress Simon Cowell (they want to marry him).

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Lower the mic

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Jennifer Hudson has a nice voice

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I wonder if Kanye will do some more outrageous pouting again this year?

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Someone kill me

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Chris Martin basically just admitted that he makes bland music.

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Who the hell decided to put the Jonas Brothers on the same stage as Stevie Wonder??!!? Come on now.

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Who the hell was the woman playing guitar during the Underwood song?

She was amazing!


Miley needs to stop singing. She was WAY off.


Is it just me or did Miley Cyrus just completely make that song worst of the show to anyone else??
Her voice is just too


Alright! Katy Perry in a big banana, this is more like it.

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Cruz. Worst

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I'm watching Zach And Miri Makes A Porno. Just thought I'd check in and say hellooooo. =)

I also love the live coverage, daba.


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excuse me as i run around in circles for about an hour and a half.

blink 182 is back :)


Oh my god! I'm so happy about seeing Blink 182 back together, confirming what was already a rumor!


Is it me, or are the mics way off tonight???


Kenny and Morgan probs talk about how stoked they are Blink 182 might be getting back together. They both have shiite taste in music. And Kenny gets Morgan to read him Goodnight Moon before bed.

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Maybe they're phucking?

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M.I.A. was due today and she still performed. That's dedication.

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Katie Perry was a huge dissapointment. Glad Adele won. She is awesome.


A Rap "Rat Pack" i totally dilike that association...

Big City

Paul McCartney looks great. He looks so much younger than the days she was with Heather. Keep it up Paul. You don't need any one.

Linda T

John Mayer still makes music?

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If I had HBO I'd be watching Flight of the Conchords instead.

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Morgan Freeman is from the south, owns a restaurant in Clarksdale, Mississippi, which is not terribly far from TN.
Morgan is a country music fan, thus the friendship with Kenny

Southern Fried

Woohooo Radiohead!!

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Radiohead just made watching the Grammy's worth it

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My old man just called me to tell me Radiohead were awesome. He has never seen or heard the band before and was blown away. He's so old.

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I like the bucket section or T.I. and JT.

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Oh and Richardson, I expect a royalty payment for that Tokio Hotel Viagra joke.

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Which was hilarious by the way.

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is this the soul train awards


this is the worst soul train awards ever wheres corneailus


the advance titan is watching you


Does anyone else think the audio in the broadcast tonight is absolutely atrocious? It's the worst sound I've ever heard of a live music broadcast on television.


Did they perform swagger like us yet???????



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The show stealer of the night goes to McCartney, I think.

He was able to hit those waaah notes. Not bad for a 65 year old.


After hours at my crib.

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And don't forget that T-Pain and are no-talent butt clowns.

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I wish this was the Source Awards. Then someone would stab Katy Perry (probs the Jonas Brothers).

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Stab her with their tightly restrained penises?

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Hah. Yes, I would assume.

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I thought that Robert Plant/Allison Krauss album was absolute butt.

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Coldplay would've won Album of the Year if Radiohead wasn't a finalist. Those two bands split the rock vote, and thus, neither failed to secure a plurality of votes.

Chris Martin

What the hell? Dats not weezy, not coldplay but my a**: allison kraus. Sniff


who tha fack is alison krauss
my internet went out and something weird happened to the world

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alllllso matthew do you have any word on what happened to chris brown and rhianna tonight? niki said he got into some sort of fist fight. i am on the edge of my seat.

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I still wanna know who the chick playin geetar for Carrie Underwoos was!


Oh man mattycakes. I was trying to think of a way to describe how Robert Plant looks now, and you totally nailed it: "the lion from Wizard of Oz." Well played, kind sir. Well played.

Great stuff tonight too, by the way.

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This live blog was a great idea. Love it.

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You know, I'm gonna go out on a rather self-aggrandizing limb and say that despite not having errbody and they mama comment, Prefix's live-blogging of the Grammys was as, in content (content being snark and general hilarity), at least as good as St***ogum's and I**lator's.

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Also, thank you Andrew for recognizing my comparing Robert Plant to the lion from Wizard of Oz, I was trying to chose between that and just calling him Azlan. And I would also like to point out that I thought my comment about all of the time T.I. and JT spent trappin', trying to get that work, and trying to get that pre-teen tail on the Mickey Mouse Club was a solid bit of snark. That is all.

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That was a good one too.

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Worst Grammys ever, who was in charge of the Audio !! the sound was horrible.


Arghhh - the whole Grammy show was gawd-awful, from the presenters, to the winners to the sound. The JBs were absolutley frigging brutal. It was like watching a bad accident - you just had to watch it to see bad it really was.... With one exception - that chick playing guitar during the Cariie Underwood tune was spectacular and could she play!!


The sound was awful-- was that intentional?


is the woman playing with carrie


orianthi is the guitarist playing with Carrie


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