We’re live blogging the 2018 Grammy Awards.
Hey Everyone! Michael Heidemann from Sound Sessions and producer of Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez here. Wow, the Grammy’s are off to a great start!
I love everything about what I’m seeing on this stage. That angelic piano beautifully complements her princess layered dress. And her hair is nothing short of pure elegance. Lovely way to begin the music awards show of the year.
Kendrick takes it! He’s going to have a huge night tonight — Also…Loved the double thumbs up from Tony Bennett.
What an honor to be recognized for this award with the help of Tony Bennett’s presence. Go Kendrick/Rihanna!
Lady Gaga gave an emotional performance of “Joanne” that would make her Little Monsters proud, rah rah!
Way to go, Jay-Z, on that Industry Icon award. He’s up for Record of the Year, for an albeit vulgarly written song, pulling no punches. Ok, James, quite enough indeed.
Sam Smith singing those smooth notes as always. Loved that song!
I love that it’s the gayest Grammys already with Sam Smith now in the spotlight. He better “Pray” for some more radio play to sell out his show at the United Center in August!
I’m relishing in the incorporation of piano from the beginning. So far, the white theme for #TimesUp in the performances has a ubiquitous role.
Rats, I was wrong. But, anyone who says, “I don’t have to win Grammys in my shower anymore” has my vote. Plus, Alessia Cara has the pipes.
Alessia Cara is back to wearing makeup apparently… https://www.glamour.com/story/alessia-cara-2017-vmas-performance
Hmm. Does anyone else see the irony in Joy Villa’s outfit?
I interviewed Karen Fairchild from Little Big Town for her clothing line at Macy’s recently and we talked about the gay bars in Nashville, yeehaw!
One thing I have never understood about the Country genre. Where is the lyrical creativity? “I wish you were a better man/I wish you were a better man/…” You know where I’m going with this. #TaylorWrites
There are so many pre-show awards I can’t keep up, may the force be with me! http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/28/carrie-fisher-wins-posthumous-grammy-award-at-pre-show-ceremony.html
Jerry, what do you think of tonight’s fashions? So far, my favorites are Rihanna and Gaga.
Jon Baptiste is such a talented artist. One of the best piano players in the industry today and very under-rated. Great performance.
Hey this is Griffin, finally here. Hope I haven’t missed too much
Quick Prediction: Lady Gaga wins it
I remember writing a report on rock n’ roll in the 8th grade. Had a great time discovering Chuck Berry’s style and hearing his instrumental voice in today’s rock n’ roll progressions.
Dang it! It was those two that were the front runners (For Pop Song) — I don’t listen to a lot of his music (Ed Sheeran) but, can’t deny his song writing.
ED! Come on, ED!
Elif, I thought Cardi B’s dress was unique and a stand out. The makeup is flawless!
Jerry: Cardi B masters the au naturale look.
Cardi B was quoted as having butterflies in her stomach and her vagina!
Sarah always kills it and her hair looked fabulous!
Maybe she’s stored them away to release them from…within…if she wins.
Oh my gosh…. This song again… (Despacito will probably win for song of the year) However, it’s slowly turning into Mambo #5 with the amount of times it’s been played over the last year.
Can never tell what’s best for an awards show like this, having artists trot out the actual biggest hits of the year or doing new material they’re more excited about. Daddy Yankee and Fonsi are good, this song is maybe the biggest story of the year in pop, but they could sleepwalk through performing it at this point.
So where was Justin during “Despacito?” Has he still not learned the words yet? https://www.star2.com/entertainment/music/music-news/2017/06/20/why-justin-bieber-cant-sing-despacito-live/
Childish Gambino!!! Who’d have thought the Donald Glover from “Community” would have this kind of artistry inside of him? Really enjoyed this album —
Although I’m sometimes tired of hearing “Despacito,” it’s nice to also give the background of that song a chance by reading something like this a chance:
Griffie – agreed.
I already love the eerie quality of this song (Childish Gambino).
I’m mystified by the Grammys attention this Gambino album has gotten. He’s so undeniably talented as a rapper, it’s strange that the album where he sidelined that aspect of his music is the one that blows up like this. But it’s a welcome presence at this show.
Childish Bambino mimics Maxwell even down to the hip swaying dance moves…
Loved that performance by the way
Yes, this performance is an example of the something fresh the Grammys typically presents alongside those fan favorites, i.e., “Despacito.” Glover’s white suit emphasized his already illuminate vocals.
I think Jay Z wins this
My piano teacher mom who works herself to the bone should be entered for this award next year!
Well this is the right answer. The level Kendrick has been working at for the last five years is pretty insane
The Grammys will be making up for overlooking Kendrick in the past. Everything he has put out over the last few years has been top notch. Extremely well deserved… This is Kendrick’s year
Kendrick, a voice of Chicago. Go, Kendrick.
Pink is cool, I really like her, but ballads like that all sound the same if you’re not already acquainted with the song. Ah well
I was so looking forward to P!nk until she showed up looking like she just got off her living room couch and sang my least favorite song on the album. My wild heart got broken!
Jerry, I second your living room couch comment. This is her moment to shine and she shows up to the stage in jeans and a t-shirt!
This bit is fun but it should also be over by now!
I like Sting’s presence in the comedy realm.
Every time I hear that Sting and Shaggy collaboration I look like one of those people on the train…(shakes head)
I also love the British presence James Corden is bringing tonight
I like Katie Holmes’ look, but it ages her a bit with the hairstyle
Bruno Mars is built for awards show performances. So fun
I don’t think they usually present the comedy category on tv, do they?
And he has one of the most beautiful vocals out there, alongside those visuals and smooth sampling.
I love the way Bruno Mars plays with genre and time periods. He’s drippin’ with “Finesse.”
I’ve been such a huge Dave Chappelle fan. These specials were tough to watch at times though.
Good on the Academy. This was right.
So I guess Sting and Shaggy are best friends now?
Ok — this is my absolute favorite Sting song. I am beyond excitement that I get to hear this from the Grammys stage.
Heeeeeere we go
Rihanna is magnetic on stage. A little silly that she has to share the stage but this song still goes
The Spanish guitar combined with Rihanna’s vocals, combined with these Xanadu lights, highlight classic sounds to a 2018 Grammys stage.
Wishing I had the coordination to emulate those moves.
DJ Khaled gave the worst cameo I have ever seen in Pitch Perfect 3 recently but I liked the stage set up and Rihanna’s wild moves!
There’s still soooooo much of this show left
DJ Khaled is making the most of his moment and I love him for that… Although I agree with you Jerry about the Pitch Perfect cameo… Gah…
I liked Rita Ora’s look and she was sweet to me in a past interview, but wardrobe malfunctions should be save until next Sunday at the Super Bowl!
Chris Stapleton rules
Come on through purple boots, Hailee is a sweetie in person!
Osbourne Brother is off key, Eric Church is on different notes, and there are sound problems suddenly for a bad rendition of “Tears in Heaven.” Did they not rehearse?
Yeah that was rough. Even if it had sounded better, seemed a little half-baked as the tribute to that horrible shooting. Too bad
I want to wear this suit, maybe in a bigger size…
So thrilled to see Kesha here tonight
Her experience with Dr. Luke (super-producer/predator), and the ensuing legal troubles with her label that lead to her being silenced for so long, were heartbreaking. This is fantastic
I’m glad to see Kesha performing and representing the Time’s Up movement. Has always been appropriate but now the public can see its power more than ever.
Okay I just flew somewhere over the gay Rainbow! I have am a fan and have interviewed everyone onstage except Kesha herself but that will happen. I think the other singers should have gotten solos considering the talent though, not just backup vocals.
I’m thinking about the 39-year-old father who was deported because he simply didn’t make the cut for DACA. It’s cool to hear these young voices addressing political unrest, at a time that’s hindered so many from pursuing the American Dream.
Leave it to U2 to take us outside under the Statue of Liberty. The had the best concert I went to last year at Soldier Field. They know how to mix political statements in their performance while still being entertaining.
It’s just plain cool to see U2 use its celebrity clout to represent Dreamers, and in one of U.S. history’s most important landmarks.
Song of the year is such a strange category this year. Didn’t understand any of those nominees. But again, I love Bruno
One of Bruno’s band members doesn’t want to catch the flu like everyone else!
Cher is there!
This bit is wonderful.
I keep rewinding the book bit because it is so funny. They went in on Trump. Cardi B questions “Is this how he lives his life?”
Cardi was great. Pretty wild to watch Hilary read from that damn book on tv
And that book reveal of Hilary…
I don’t really understand why this duet is happening but I kinda love it
This combination of Miley and Elton is – put your seat belts on – freaking genius.
Worst look of the night in a Balmain pantsuit
I loved Anna Kendrick’s outfit! Just maybe not the baby pink pumps.
Elif, I will take Miley’s old lady ballgown way before Kendrick’s bad combo. I still can’t forgive her for Pitch Perfect 3 either.
Is Elton really retiring or will it be Cher repeat farewell tour?
The implementation of his sweet parents was awesome.
It’s weird that I heard Kristen Chenoweth tell that exact same joke about her parents ditching her to go to Hamilton at her show recently.
Well, that Ben Platt version of “Somewhere” was definitely his own…
Love when Broadway breaks things up for a few minutes. People that really know how to put on a show
I just clutched my pearls. Just when the Grammys can’t get gayer Patti LuPone fakes being on an Argentinian balcony for Evita. Is Madonna coming next?
I feel like I’m at the Tonys now with all this Broadway on the stage. Buckle up five weeks from today and it’s Oscar time!
Jerry, we must be twinning today because I’m clutching my pearls, too. This Patti Lupone takes me back to simpler times. Though it’s in English and from the ’70s, I picture myself a part of the elite in France, listening to opera among my people.
Elif, did you see people had the nerve to not stand for the queen after her performance? I’m surprised she didn’t call them out for it like that cell phone years ago…
Oh, no, I didn’t notice. That’s awesome, though, that she broke character to command back the room.
SZA is doing so many good things this year — Enjoying the stage effects to compliment a great song.
Is that Chaka Khan or SZA?
SZA is bringing it. She has amazing stage presence, and such vocal diversity, creativity.
The minimal make up and conservative, but sometimes risky ensemble on Alicia Keys has her looking dynamite.
Album of the year….? Who do you think will win it?
Well, I was on Childish Gambino’s team, but I’ll take Bruno any day, too.
Despacito had the most radio play. I’m happy for Bruno, but lose the shades and the beard…
There’s always so many elements layered with the voting of these awards… Bruno consistently sells millions of albums and digital sales…And let’s be honest.. He writes amazing, upbeat music! I think Kendrick will take the Album of the year though ~ but now I see it’ll be an uphill climb against Bruno
The winners hardly matter to me, because the nominees are so odd. I wish it was easier to understand how they narrow down to five. I’m endlessly frustrated by this awards show
That was a lame joke.
I don’t understand it either but I haven’t understood it in years, Griffin.
See? I can immediately tell that Chris and Emmylou practiced their number beforehand.
Yeah, that was weird earlier. Must have been an extenuating circumstance.
I am going to cut slits up the side and put zippers in the front legs of all of my pants, must be a hot trend with the kids these days.
Hahaha soooooo many zippers.
I have goose bumps.
I love how Bono called him THE Edge
Bruno, Bruno, Bruno ~ He does it again
Oh Lorde looked sad
Aww, Jerry… Lorde gave a sniffle when Bruno mentioned her name
Wait, his backup band member didn’t wear the red mask this time…
Would’ve loved to see Lorde win. Especially after she didn’t get to perform
I don’t know why they shut her out like that. Her album was such an important part of the year in pop
Lorde’s like, “Why am I here?
Right, I’m feeling that, too, for Lorde.
First she gets rained out at Lollapalooza and now this!
I love that Jack Antonoff did her album. I didn’t feel it was as good as her debut but it had some moments.
Another year, another interesting Grammys. Great blogging with y’all! I’ll see you at the next one!
Regardless, that was a fun three and a half hours. Until next year!
Thanks for having me! I had fun and hopefully I wasn’t too much of a chatty Nunn!!!
Yeah yeah! This was fun. Time for me to now promptly forget everything that just happened!