Grammys: February 2009 Archives
The decorations were modest and hors d'oeuvres resembled comfort food, but award winners still boozed it up in style at Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid's Grammy after-party, despite big no-shows Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Other parties around town following Sunday night's 51st annual Grammy Awards also held to recession-conscious standards, from a conspicuous lack of blingy decor to pared down eats and attire. Forget the days of Sony BMG's annual lavish Beverly Hills Hotel soiree, canceled this time around because of the economy.
At Reid's bash at Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, first-time Grammy winner Duffy sat atop a simple beige sofa and sipped red wine and beamed while LCD screens around the room showed footage from the awards ceremony of her singing with Al Green.
"I feel fantastic," said Duffy, grinning about her win for best pop vocal album. "I wish I could bring the trophy with me. ... And I want to change out of this dress. I'm starving."
Who needs reporters? Sheryl Crow and Taylor Swift interviewed each other on the rep carpet.
"So you're performing? With Miley [Cyrus]?" Crow asked Swift after the two exchanged hugs.
"Yeah, with Miley," Swift said." It's a song off my album called 'Fifteen' that hasn't even been released yet, so I'm really excited."
Next topic: Dresses and diamonds.
"We own our own diamonds here. These are ours," Crow joked as she showed off a massive gilded bracelet she said "could put my child through college."
"Really? I was going to say mine are completely not mine," Swift said.
Actually, both women discovered they were wearing borrowed bling from Lorraine Schwartz.
"We're going to steal them," Crow said. "She's awesome."
More scenes from Grammy weekend ...
Here's the complete list of winners at tonight's 51st annual Grammy Awards;
A stunning-looking and strong-sounding Whitney Houston made a triumphant return to the stage at a pre-Grammy party honoring her mentor, music mogul Clive Davis.
"I've got it, I've got it!" Houston, looking glamorous in a skintight leopard dress, sang early Sunday morning as she belted a line from one of her classic hits, "I'm Every Woman." But more than a lyric, it summarized to the crowd of A-list superstars and top industry execs that the superstar -- whose drug use and erratic behavior had caused a shocking fall from grace just a few years ago -- was back in top form.
"We all crossed our fingers that her beautiful story would end [happily]," said Jamie Foxx, who stood at the front of the stage and took video of Houston like he was just another fan in the crowd. "This is a new beginning."
Houston's mini-concert put an exclamation point on a night that included a rousing performance by Kelly Clarkson, an unlikely but magical duet between Jennifer Hudson and Barry Manilow and a rambling monologue by Kanye West.
The main question tonight seems to be which of the top Grammys will go to Coldplay and which of them to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. But some burning questions do sizzle through -- like will Lil Wayne pull it off? Or Radiohead? Or, off topic, is M.I.A. gonna have that baby on stage?
M.I.A.'s planned performance at the Grammys might be more labor intensive than most.
The pregnant rapper is nominated for two Grammys, including record of the year for her hit "Paper Planes." She could give birth to her first child at any moment. Yet she has agreed to perform during the Grammy telecast, to be aired live on CBS on Sunday.
If the long list of performers lined up for Sunday's Grammys has you wondering how they'll pack it all in to a three-hour telecast -- and even that seems like way too much! -- take comfort in knowing that most singers and bands won't be on stage one at a time. The Grammy stage will be mix and match.
The Black Eyed Peas kicked off the Grammy Awards weekend with a festive fundraising show at the Conga Room in Los Angeles.
The group rocked the new downtown club Thursday during their annual charity concert benefiting the Peapod Foundation, which provides music and arts education to children across the globe.
Fergie, will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap performed during a high-energy set that featured guest appearances by Lupe Fiasco, Nikka Costa and Boys II Men.
By JEFF KAROUB
DETROIT -- Abdul "Duke" Fakir cried joyful tears when he learned that the Four Tops will receive a lifetime achievement award Sunday at the 51st annual Grammy Awards.
He's also been on an emotional high as Motown Records, the label that recorded and released his group's biggest hits, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
But the banner year is bittersweet, as the 73-year-old entertainer marks the occasions and accolades without his longtime bandmates of more than four decades. He became the Four Tops' lone surviving original member in October, when frontman Levi Stubbs died, following the death of Renaldo "Obie" Benson in 2005 and Lawrence Payton in 1997.
"I just wish my partners were here to see the acclaim the world has given us," he said recently from the room at the Motown Historical Museum that served as the label's studio from 1959 until 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles.
By EDNA GUNDERSEN
The odds favor the oddest couple in recent Grammy memory. By almost every measure, former Led Zeppelin howler Robert Plant and bluegrass darling Alison Krauss have a lock on the Grammy for album of the year, music's highest honor.
This year's field, widely hailed as a solid reflection of 2008's worthiest works, pits the duo's "Raising Sand" against Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III," Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman" and Radiohead's "In Rainbows."
All enjoyed critical hosannas and commercial success, but the Grammy victor is often determined by byzantine variables that weigh artistic merit along with popularity, familiarity, past performance, overdue recognition and comfort levels. The probability rises when an album appeals to multiple constituencies, avoids controversy and evokes a bygone era.
Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, M.I.A., Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint and Terence Blanchard have joined the performance lineup for the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
In addition, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer and Keith Urban will join forces for a tribute to rock and R&B pioneer Bo Diddley, who died last year.
More leaked footage from Katie Couic's upcoming pre-Grammys special, this time a clip of Katy Perry discussing how the scary documentary "Jesus Camp" reflects her upbringing even though her mom dated Jimi Hendrix and her dad hung out with Timothy Leary ...
If Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" wins album of the year, the rapper won't be alone at the podium. The award, bestowed on an album's artists, producers, engineers and mixers, means Wayne's world of 42 contributors may congregate on stage to thank God and their moms.
It easily beats the last stampede in the album category, Outkast's 2003 champ "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below." The hip-hop duo shared the spoils with 15 engineers/mixers, two mastering engineers and producer Carl Mo.
Teen superstars Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift will perform together at the Grammys on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Also new to the lineup are Estelle and Kanye West, Adele, Chris Brown, Sugarland and a Four Tops tribute featuring surviving member Duke Fakir with Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo.
In addition, Sheryl Crow, Craig Ferguson, Al Green, Jay Mohr, Queen Latifah and T-Pain will present awards.
In the Grammys' efforts to entertain you, they've been giving out fewer and fewer awards during the actual telecast in recent years. Instead, they fill the time with performers and more performers, thinking that's why you tune in. Ratings be damned.
The bulk of the awards are given out during a pre-show, which isn't televised. This year, however, you can at least watch it online ...