U2 opened the Grammy Awards with their new single Get On Your Boots to the packed Staples Center audience. Then there were a few awards to give away and 17 performances to get through – all in three-and-a-half hours.
Grammy did it, and pulled off the party show they had hoped for even with little surprises in the actual awards.
Whitney Houston gave away the first televised award of the night to a rousing standing ovation. Best R&B album was her category and before announcing the winners she saluted the Grammy Icon winner and person who is single-handedly saving her career, music executive Clive Davis. Then Houston actually gave away the award to a stunned Jennifer Hudson.
First of all I got Whitney Houston presenting me, thank god, my family in heaven and those that are here today, Hudson said while fighting back tears accepting her award.
Justin Timberlake came in and filled in for the missing Chris Brown, who did not attend along with girlfriend Rihanna while rumors flew about why they were missing. Check out the story here.
Other notable news from the event included Blink-182 reuniting (we give it a yay!). Stay tuned to SheKnows for the latest on the Chris Brown and Rihanna situation.
Grammy performance highlights:
1. Al Green introduced by Justin Timberlake who sang Let’s Stay Together with Boys II Men and Keith Urban backing them up.
2. Simon Baker introduced Coldplay. Coldplay played with their seven nominations hanging over their had and launched into their intense Lost showcasing Chris Martin’s deeply resonant vocals. Kanye added an incredible amount of reserved flair. Then, the strings began an the audience knew it was time for Viva la Vida
3. Carrie Underwood performed Last Name in a solid, but audio challenged performance.
4. Kid Rock began by playing Amen off his album that never seems to stop producing hits after one year of release. Then he launched into All Summer Long with its smoking combination of Sweet Home Alabama and Warewolves of London. He then closed his set with his first single Justify
5. Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus performed an acoustic version of Fifteen that was much more intense than one would expect from both singers’ young ages.
6. Jennifer Hudson performed You Pulled Me Through that was beyond emotionally riveting.
7. The Jonas Brothers had a special guest in Stevie Wonder as the quartet jammed through the Jonas’ hit Burnin’ Up. The this unique combination produced Wonder’s Superstition
8. Katy Perry did a Broadway-type showcase of I Kissed A Girl and we love you Katy, but it missed the mark.
9. Kanye and Estelle paired for their American Boy that was effective in its simplistic performance.
10. A very pregnant MIA (Grammy day was her due date) performing with the Rap Pack that includes Kanye West, Jay-Z and P. Diddy.
11. Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl performed Saw Her Standing There.
11. Sugarland did their hit Stay and introduced Adele.
12. Adele and her Best New Artist winning self.
13. Gwyneth Paltrow introduced 15 Steps by Radiohead from In Rainbows. What a moment with the USC Marching Band playing with Radiohead performing what was easily the best performance of the night.
14. TI and Justin Timberlake did Hands Tied, their Katrina inspired tribute.
15. Four Tops tribute with Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx proved good fun.
16. Neil Diamond did Sweet Caroline. Even Jay-Z was blown away.
17. John Mayer, BB King did a little Bo Diddley Tribute with Keith Urban.
18. Lil’ Wayne with Robin Thicke performed Hands Tied, his tribute to New Orleans after Katrina. That included a full on stageshow tributing the Crescent City.
Up next…the winners!