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live blogging the 49th annual grammy awards

live blogging the 49th annual grammy awards
February 11, 2007 MICHAEL KNUDSEN



well hello hello hello everyone! oh yes it’s the start of the 49th annual grammy awards…again i hate the fact that i’m blogging the show on a west coast delay but i guess that’s a small price to pay for the gorgeous weather this weekend here in los angeles! the funny part of all this is i’ve got my mom & dad over on the couch – i’m forcing them to watch the grammys although they could care less…i told ’em they’d just have to grin and bear it…but i’m finding myself having to explain who everyone is (my mom simply didn’t care for fergie‘s look) anyways i’ll be checking in throughout the show…many thanks to gossip rocks for the pictures below which i’ll scatter through the post!



8.00pm

oh the reunion of the police is taking place – who doesn’t love them? oh roxanne!!!



8.05pm

mr. jamie foxx is up at bat with the first award of the night…


BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS

FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE – Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder {winner}

ONE – Mary J. Blige & U2

ALWAYS ON YOUR SIDE – Sheryl Crow & Sting

PROMISCUOUS – Nelly Furtado & Timbaland

HIPS DON’T LIE – Shakira & Wyclef Jean



8.10pm

legendary singer joan baez introduces one of my favorite bands the dixie chicks – gosh i love them and natalie’s darker hair looks fab! (they’re up for five grammy awards tonight!)



8.18pm

i love how prince got to introduce my gal beyonce who is taking to the stage to sing her ‘dreamgirls’ song listen (gosh who doesn’t love that SNL skit ‘the prince show’ w/ beyonce co-hosting?)



8.22pm

next up is the black eyed peas presenting the award for…



BEST R&B ALBUM

THE BREAKTHROUGH -Mary J. Blige {winner}

UNPREDICTABLE -Jamie Foxx

TESTIMONY: VOL. 1, LIFE & RELATIONSHIP India Arie

3121 Prince

COMING HOME Lionel Richie





GRAMMY FASHIONS #1



8.26pm

there’s my gal queen latifah talking about the three people who are vying for the chance to take the stage with my cutie justin timberlake



8.33pm

and speaking of the cutie there’s mr. timberlake taking to the stage to perform what goes around… which is such a total kick-ass song but the video left a lot to be desired (read my post from this morning)



8.41pm

the always lovely pink who is rocking a great haircut (and dress) is up with TI presenting the award for…


BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE

RING THE ALARM – Beyonce

BE WITHOUT YOU – Mary J. Blige {winner}

DON’T FORGET ABOUT US – Mariah Carey

DAY DREAMING – Natalie Cole

I AM NOT MY HAIR – India Arie



8.49pm

we’ve got stevie wonder up on stage introducing john legend, corinne bailey rae, and scuzzy john mayer (i guess his girlfriend jessica simpson was too busy to attend tonight…eating pizza hut‘s cheesy bites while picking out her next big wig disaster with bff ken paves)





GRAMMY FASHIONS #2



9.00pm the three ‘N’ girls (nelly, natasha, nicole) are up presenting the award for…



BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
BACK TO BASICS – Christina Aguilera

BACK TO BEDLAM – James Blunt

THE RIVER IN REVERSE – Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint

CONTINUUM – John Mayer {winner}

FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS – Justin Timberlake



9.04pm
oh this looks like an awesome stripped down version of shakira & wyclef jean‘s ‘hips don’t lie’ – i love it! (and i just got my pizza delivered from cheebo)



9.09pm
seal is next to burt bacharach tossing out the award for…



SONG OF THE YEAR

BE WITHOUT YOU (Mary J. Blige)

JESUS, TAKE THE WHEEL (Carrie Underwood)

NOT READY TO MAKE NICE (Dixie Chicks) {winner}
(rock on!!!)
PUT YOUR RECORDS ON (Corinne Bailey Rae)

YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL (James Blunt)





GRAMMY FASHIONS #3



9.19pm

two gals are on stage from ‘how i met your mother’ are talking about the grateful dead & introduced gnarls barkley‘s performance of his hit song ‘crazy’ – i love how CBS pimped out their own lame show on this one…



9.25pm
common & kayne west are together presenting the award for…



BEST RAP ALBUM

LUPE FIASCO’S FOOD & LIQUOR – Lupe Fiasco

RELEASE THERAPY – Ludacris {winner}

IN MY MIND – Pharrell

GAME THEORY – The Roots

KING T.I.



9.33pm

thank heavens the show is about half over…it’s not bad but of course it’s the whole award show ‘bore syndrome’ – but we’re being injected now with a little mid-way pick me up…terrence howard is introducing our dear mary j. blige who is doing a slightly different but cool spin to her song be without you – all hail queen mary!!!


9.39pm
we’ve got mandy moore, luke wilson, and a pulled back leann rimes presenting the award for…



BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

TAKING THE LONG WAY – Dixie Chicks {winner}

LIKE RED ON A ROSE – Alan Jackson

THE ROAD TO HERE – Little Big Town

YOU DON’T KNOW ME: THE SONGS OF CINDY WALKER -Willie Nelson

YOUR MAN – Josh Turner





GRAMMY FASHIONS #4



9.48pm
screw reba mcentire! she fucking annoys me (my mom was all oh you don’t like her? i was like ummm not really) she’s introducing carrie underwood who got stuck singing some sorta country tribute…faith hill is some wear pounding her fists into a pillow – this would have been the perfect thing for her to do but she has been pushed aside by ms. underwood…now we’ve got rascal flats paying tribute to the eagles (who i do love) but right now this whole segement is a snooze fest…and now ms. underwood is back with a performance of ‘desperado’ which is one of my favorite songs ever! and now rascal is back up joined by carrie – oh man this whole bit is carrying on way too long!



10.00pm

ms. natalie cole & lifetime achievement recipient jazz legend ornette coleman are presenting the award for…



BEST NEW ARTIST

JAMES BLUNT

CHRIS BROWN

IMOGEN HEAP

CORINNE BAILEY RAE

CARRIE UNDERWOOD {winner}





GRAMMY FASHIONS #5



10.09pm
black snake moan stars samuel l. jackson & christina ricci are up introducing legend smokey robinson who is rocking one of the tightest faces of the evening who turns 67 on february 19th! and now there’s lionel richie (who turns 58 this year) singing my favorite song of his ever – oh hello – is it me your looking for?!? third person up (the grammys is all about threes this year!) is chris brown who is ‘running for it’ at age 17!



10.17pm
christina aguilera is up singing but she put back on her tired signature red lipstick (i fucking loved the pink lips she was rocking on the red carpet) – but i’ll say that girl has a set of pipes on her!



10.26pm
some boring grammy guy is up on stage yammering away…





GRAMMY FASHIONS #6



10.30pm
in memoriam section (there has been no mention of anna nicole by anyone tonight)



10.38pm
rihanna & david spade (new couple alert?) are up introducing ludacris & mary j. blige performing their current hit runaway love…mary looks hot with her hair down and in red – on fuego!!!



10.43pm
how adorable is james blunt? he’s up singing his song you’re beautiful – oh i could eat him with a spoon – i love the brit boys!



10.52pm
our darling jennifer hudson is about to announce the winner of ‘my grammy moment’ – robyn troup won and is about to take the stage with my boyfriend justin timberlake – she can look but she can’t touch!





GRAMMY FASHIONS #7



10.59pm
we’re close to being in overtime mode – here we’ve got quentin tarantino & tony bennett presenting the big award for…



RECORD OF THE YEAR

BE WITHOUT YOU – Mary J. Blige; Bryan-Michael Cox, producer

YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL – James Blunt; Tom Rothrock, producer

NOT READY TO MAKE NICE – Dixie Chicks; Rick Rubin, producer {winner}

CRAZY – Gnarls Barkley; Danger Mouse, producer

PUT YOUR RECORDS ON – Corinne Bailey Rae; Steve Chrisanthou, producer



11.08pm
chris rock is up introducing my dear red hot chili peppers who are peforming their awesome song ‘snow (hey oh)’ – whatever you may think of this band nowadays – you have to admit they’ve got staying power and i can’t wait to see them perform at coachella (i’m pretty sure i’ll be going this year one way or another)


11.14pm
oh my gosh the show must be over soon…right now we’ve got queen latifah & al gore are up at the podium giving out the award for…



BEST ROCK ALBUM

TRY! – John Mayer Trio

HIGHWAY COMPANION – Tom Petty

BROKEN BOY SOLDIERS – The Raconteurs

STADIUM ARCADIUM – Red Hot Chili Peppers {winner} (woo hoo!!!)

LIVING WITH WAR – Neil Young





GRAMMY FASHIONS #8



11.23pm
what?!? scarlett johansson is recording her first album? oh my goodness give me a fucking break – stick to acting honey – oh how lame! anyways she’s with don henley giving out (oh yes) the final award of the evening…



ALBUM OF THE YEAR

TAKING THE LONG WAY – Dixie Chicks {winner} (well deserved)

ST. ELSEWHERE – Gnarls Barkley

CONTINUUM – John Mayer

STADIUM ARCADIUM – Red Hot Chili Peppers

FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS – Justin Timberlake



thank heavens the show is over (and surprisingly my parents are both still awake…the quote from my dear mom is ‘i didn’t think it was as bad as i thought it would be’) so it looks like mary j. blige & the dixie chicks were the big winners and all of them totally deserved the accolades! overall the show went pretty smooth – the key to avoiding boredom is mixing the boring talk & awards with performances!



finally i’m going to say who i thought was best dressed of the evening and surprisingly i’m going to award vanessa minnillo (girlfriend to cutie nick lachey) the honors (she’s featured in grammy fashions picture #8) metallics are so in – she looked great plus i loved the bit of white trim at the bottom of the dress – although i basically can’t stand vanessa i’ll say that she looked fucking hot tonight!



i’m over & out for tonight (although i’m a bit freaked out about scarlett johansson recording an album – can someone please tell me why?!?) much love to all as always! rock & blog on…here’s to next year’s 50th grammy show – xxoo!