The action as it happens, from the Sun-Times features staff, updating throughout the show ...
10:35 p.m. — Whew. The complete list of winner is up at the Grammy site. Tune in tomorrow for DeRogatis' take on the evening, plus all the fashion do's and don'ts from the red carpet, in your Sun-TImes and here on suntimes.com.
10:25 p.m. — Album of the Year: After acknowledging the non-classical producer of the year, Rick Rubin, the top award went to one of the many nominated acts he produced ... yep, the Dixie Chicks! Natalie says: "I think people are using their freedom of speech here tonight with these awards, we get the message ... people are using their voice the same way this loudmouth did."
10:16 p.m. — Well into overtime now, with a performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Zzzzzzz. And now Al Gore (zzzzzzz, part deux) is just now getting to Best Rock Album: "Stadium Arcadium," by Red Hot Chili Peppers — the third time tonight an artist who just performed had to come back out to pick up a trophy.
10:01 p.m. — Record of the Year: Dixie Chicks! That's puts them at four for the night, pulling ahead of Mary J.'s three!
9:52 p.m. — Conveniently, Chicago's ex-"Idol" star and "Dreamgirls" star Jennifer Hudson introduces the winner of the "My Grammy Moment" contest: Robyn Troup — who looks completely shocked and utterly terrified, actually hesitating to take the stage. But she does her thing, singing well and hoofing it with Justin. She's got a cheering section in da house, too.
9:30 p.m. — How unbelieveably awesome was Christina Aguilera's wailing performance of James Brown's "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World"? Jamie Foxx, caught on camera during the standing ovation, was clearly blown away. Then we had a quick montage tribute to Brown, followed by a single spotlight on Brown's empty cape standing at centerstage. The house ... brought down. People in the crowd mouthing, "We miss you!" Yeah, goose bumps.
9:15 p.m. — Another trio, of sorts: Does Smokey Robinson look good, or what? (Surgery or grace? You be the judge.) Of all the songs in his catalog, Lionel Richie had to play that God-awful ballad, "Hello." At least that gnarly clay bust of him wasn't on the piano. And Chris Brown — boo-ya! NIce steppin', and a standing ovation!
9:02 p.m. — To come clean, your esteemed guide here at The Gold Rush is a native Oklahoman, so we're a bit miffed that in the "tribute to two famous Texans" tonight Western swing legend Bob Wills — who wasn't a star until he set up shop at the Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. — got one mesaley song ("San Antonio Rose," sung ably by ex-"Idol" Carrie Underwood) but the friggin' Eagles' Don Henley gets three, two of them by Rascal Flatts, the worst retreaded hacks on country radio. Ahem. But, hey Carrie — an Oklahoma native! — just won Best New Artist. But hasn't she been on the scene for two years now? Oh well, another Best New Artist nominee, Imogen Heap, has been recording for 10 years ...
8:41 p.m. — Best Country Album: the Dixie Chicks. Natalie Maines said, "To quote the great 'Simpsons,' 'Heh, heh!' " And, yes, that was her best Nelson impression ...
8:34 p.m. — Is anyone directing this show? Twice during the show someone seems to have hit the wrong button, starting a recorded voice-over during someone's live remarks. And when they just honored the late opera singer Maria Callas, the director cut to ... Quentin Tarantino?!
8:25 p.m. — Before Best Rap Album was announced by Chicago rappers Common and Kanye West, DeRo said, "Wouldn't it be nice if Lupe [Fiasco] wins? The three kings of Chicago hip-hop up there together?" When they announced Ludacris was the winner, DeRo said some things we can't publish here. When Ludacris gave a "shout-out" to Bill O'Reilly, we at The Gold Rush said some of those same words. NIce exchange between Common and Kanye, though — CKanye admitting that he voted for himself last year instead of for Common, and Common saying, "We're just tired of you cryin' about not winning."
8:21 p.m. — Dig Gnarls Barkley's commercial pilot outfits and the slowed-down, martial rhythm of their hit "Crazy." Not as infectious as the smash single, but it does show off Cee-Lo's fluttery tenor quite nicely!
8:11 p.m. — Upset! "Not Ready to Make Nice," performed by the Dixie Chicks, wins Song of the Year. The "Mary J. Blige locomotive," as DeRo describes it, has been switched off-track. At least for a while. Natalie Maines took the mic and said, "For the first time in my life I'm speechless." Per those issues songs we mentioned earlier, go girls! FYI: The cute guy in the glasses, one of the song's writers, was Dan Wilson, of Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare.
7:59 p.m. — Best Pop Vocal Album goes to "Continuum" by John Mayer, who just performed in a solid trio with John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae. DeRo just shouted: "Justin was robbed!"
7:40 p.m. — Mary J. Blige wins again: Best Female R&B Performance. Hope she's got comfy shoes on tonight. Looks like she'll do a lot fo walkin' ... to the stage.
7:35 p.m. — Justin Timberlake is performing. And then later he'll perform again with the contest winner? What gives? ... Well, OK, that lush rendition of "What GOes Around" was worth it. But what's with the Justin-cam?
7:27 p.m. — Queen Latifah just reminded us: Fans can still vote for the winner of "My Grammy Moment" contest. Head to the CBS site to vote, or text 81818 — for Africa send 1, Brenda send 2, Robin send 3. You've got till 9 p.m.!
7:24 p.m. — Mary J. Blige wins Best R&B Album for "The Breakthrough." She was absent from the early list except for one award. But DeRo is thinking it'll be a "Mary kinda night," saying they probably saved the top awards for her — and the telecast.
7:20 p.m. — Beyonce, with flowers in her hair, is throwing sass like we've never seen her throw sass. We smell Jennifer Hudson envy ...
7:12 p.m. — Joan Baez introduced the Dixie Chicks by making a point about America's history of protest music, quoting Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land Is Your Land." Now a brunette Natalie Maines is singing a soulful "Not Ready to Make NIce." If you missed it, here's a great story looking at the number of songs up for Grammys this year that deal directly with social issues.
7:07 p.m. — First award of the night to ... Tony Bennett? Reminder: the Grammy voters are old. He won for a duet with Stevie Wonder, from Bennett's ’06 duets album. And, oh brother, Tony just thanked "Target, the greatest sponsor I've ever worked for in my life." Wow, live product placement.
7:04 p.m. — One song? Grrrr. OK, we'll take it. But Sun-Times pop critic Jim DeRogatis is across the newsroom crying, "Lame!" The Police played a very Sting-solo version of "Roxanne," then held hands (gad!), bowed and ran off to prep for their press conference tomorrow, likely announcing their 30th anniversary world tour. They're holding two nights at Wrigley for an unannounced concert, you know ....
6:58 p.m. — We want the Police. We want the Police. "Bring on the Night"!