Here's How the 2012 Grammys Went Down, Basically (PHOTO RECAP)

Guys, everybody's tired of the Grammys, even the Grammys itself. This year the venerable awards show basically threw in the towel, opting to just give every award to Adele (who deserved them all, but still) while also carting out a bunch of old white dudes your dad used to be really into. You know something's wrong when the Foo Fighters somehow represent the modern state of rock and roll, and they're even allowed to play twice (THREE times if you count Dave Grohl backing up Paul McCartney). And didn't Bruno Mars play last year also? "Let's bring that guy back, have him sing basically the same song but let's omit that wildly untalented Janelle Monae this time." Perfect! And I probably don't even need to mention a certain walking piece of garbage who got to perform TWICE. You're doing it wrong, the Grammys.

Now that I've gotten that grumpy introduction out of the way, here's a shocker: Reasonably entertaining things DID happen. They were scattered throughout the entire, maddening THREE-AND-A-HALF-HOUR show and some were essentially Easter Eggs or accidents, but still. There were highlights. Let's round 'em up!

The evening kicked off with a pretty rousing performance by some old guy named "The Boss" and his band from E Street. It was obviously a new song because Bruce Springsteen has an album to promote and this show is nothing if not just an elaborate business transaction among millionaires, but it WAS pretty rousing and fun. Plus Kathy Griffin was REALLY shredding up there:

Then host LL Cool J came out and got immediately down to some serious business, which I'm really in no mood to crack jokes about.

Probably the biggest question on anybody's mind was how the Grammys would handle the last-minute tragedy of Whitney Houston's passing, and so it was admirable that producers addressed it right off the bat. I'm not sure reciting an Our Father was necessarily the most universal way to mark this massive loss, but it was something, you know? Sufficiently humble and understated without being too devastating. Plus it definitely touched me to see everybody bowing their heads:

LL's quick prayer was followed by a short video of Houston performing "I Will Always Love You" at the Grammys and it received a standing ovation.

So yeah, ultimately the Grammys acknowledged the elephant in the room and better yet, emphasized that Whitney should be celebrated and not mourned. I definitely appreciated the lack of heavy-handedness, particularly because the evening's biggest winner, Adele, could be considered an heir apparent to Houston—at least when it comes to glamour and bombast—so to celebrate Adele was to celebrate Houston's influence. Credit where credit's due: The Grammys were a surprisingly tasteful operation.

Onto more ridiculous things! All the hottest celebrities were in attendance:

Like most awards shows, 80 percent of the entertainment value came from crowd reaction shots. This particular pairing never ceased to make me laugh:

I love that Nicki Minaj's outfit was so big it actually encroached into Taylor Swift's personal space, but Swift seemed too polite to say anything.

There was something especially sad about Lady Gaga and her beaded fishnet veil just sitting there all night not winning any awards or being allowed to take the stage at all. If a theatrical pop star falls in the woods, does it make a sound?

Bruno Mars came back, not sure why. To his credit, I did love when he commanded the audience to "get up off your rich asses!" Still though, last year Janelle Monae stole the show right out from under everybody so I couldn't help but miss her this time. Oh well, maybe next year they'll ask her to play THREE times.

Speaking of Janelle Monae... Cool style, Alicia! Anyway, this was nice: What I'm guessing was originally meant to be a tribute to Etta James was now a tribute to Etta James and Whitney Houston, and Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt were a charming pair. Obviously they are great performers, but it was especially cute when they first started playing and Keys whispered to Raitt "I'll start." Aw, they were just like little-girl besties up there (despite the 135-year age difference).

At this point Adele's winning streak was just getting under way, and the best part was how short and practical all her speeches were. She used this first one to thank the doctors who helped her get her voice back after she suffered a ruptured vocal chord. I mean, it's a given that Adele's music achieves that rare mainstream success that's also pretty high quality, but I just plain like Adele because of how she looks and talks. All glamorous on the outside but with the attitude of a schoolyard brawler. She just seems fun is what I'm saying. None of that fakey stuff.

Then the zombie apocalypse began.

Then Reba McEntire came out and she looked GREAT and also reminded me of how much I love Tremors.

So then Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson came out and shouted a song at each other. Toward the end of the song (during the shouting-in-unison climax), Aldean's mic cut out and he awkwardly struggled with it while Clarkson continued screaming. I don't know what must've been running through his mind at the time, but I know what was running through mine: "One mic down, one to go." I did not enjoy that duet!

Outside Jack Black was making some kind of introduction for the Foo Fighters and it involved the repeated use of the phrase "indie cred." As in, the Foo Fighters have unimpeachable indie rock cred. Which is what made this visual so funny:

And then they sang that song they did at the VMAs a hundred thousand years ago. I don't know, maybe it's a good song? It sounded like fairly standard power chords and verse-chorus-verse type stuff that an exhausted set of cool dads might deliver to a label 15 years into their career, but what do I know? Eff nothing, that's what.

I know that THIS made me laugh:

That is just a good way to start off any performance but especially at the Grammys. Get well soon, Rihanna!

Actually, did anybody notice just how EARLY NINETIES Rihanna's performance was? With that mesh top and Courtney Love wig plus background dancers straight out of The Grind? I'm not complaining, it was just pretty remarkable is all.

Speaking of remarkable, I may not have enjoyed this Coldplay song "Paraparaparadise" but I was really into their blacklight-themed stage. I know that's more or less their touring stage (and they did up the SNL stage like that last fall) but it just looked really interesting to me. So yeah. Congratulations, Coldplay. "The stage looked interesting." —Price Peterson

Then Pauley Perrette came out with two of the New York Giants and one of them did a "salsa" dance that he does in the end zone sometimes? I don't know, I missed the Super Bowl because I was eating a sandwich. Who ended up winning that? M.I.A.?

The best part about Foo Fighters winning Best Rock Performance was the expression on Pat Smear's face when they walked up to accept it:

This was probably because Pat Smear is the best part of Foo Fighters.

On paper Dave Grohl's speech WAS pretty inspiring. It was mostly meant to encourage young upstarts not to get too perfectionist or insecure or reliant on artificial technologies. The problem was when he boasted that their new album was recorded entirely in his garage on a tape deck. Oh, really, Dave Grohl? What kind of garage does a multimillionaire rock musician have, anyway? Is it, by any chance, a garage with a very expensive recording booth in it? Oh well, it's the thought that counts. At least he gave producer Butch Vig his propers. The man produced Nevermind and Siamese Dream and is a MEMBER of Garbage. Give HIM that Grammy. Anyway, it was at this point that Dave Grohl's speech got cut off in the most brutal way. That outro music (which was the same kind of awful techno he'd just been railing against) was SO LOUD. He attempted to shout over it and everything but no dice.

So then Ryan Seacrest came out and told us that the Beach Boys were about to reunite on stage for the first time in a long time, and to kick things off Maroon 5 and Foster the People were going to toss their falsettos into the ring as backup.

I'm no Adam Levine diehard, but he definitely handled "Little Surfer Girl" with aplomb. I'd swivel around in MY chair for that.

Aside from looking slightly terrified, the lead singer of Foster the People ALSO sounded great, but my favorite thing was how Foster the People was dressed: matching shirts, sports coats and highwater pants. Everybody was so handsome! Congratulations all around.

And then the actual Beach Boys came out and I was REALLY feelin' what Mike Love was throwin' out there.

That hat! Those fine jewels! The Beach Boys were BACK!

Brian Wilson was there, and let's face it, that's why this thing was billed as a reunion. Without him these dudes would have been singing "Kokomo" at some casino. Anyway, they pretty much nailed "Good Vibrations" and it ended up being pretty fun. BRB, I need to go listen to Pet Sounds RIGHT NOW.

This is what Stevie Wonder decided to wear, just FYI.

So, this is juvenile, but throughout the broadcast microphones kept glitching out and during Paul McCartney's extremely quiet rendition of whatever he was singing, a microphone made a glitching noise that sounded EXACTLY like someone breaking wind. It was just absolutely hilarious. I'm sure you had to be there, but man alive! Simple pleasures, you know?

Here's something I never thought would happen: I really enjoyed Taylor Swift's performance! I guess I always just thought she was a country lady Bieber, but for this performance she busted out a banjo and descended a Dust Bowl-themed stage and just performed the heck out of "Mean." Don't get me wrong, that song is still as juvenile and Level-1 creative as it gets, but she still nailed it in a mature and artistic way.

Unfortunately she had to go and ruin everything with her trademark "They are clapping for ME?" face:

Cut it out, lady! Yes, they are clapping for you. And don't tell me it's because you suddenly realized how big the crowd was. You've played the Staples Center a hundred times by now. Just accept the compliment and don't be a liarface about it.

Neil Patrick Harris was there, so that was definitely something for the plus column.

This guy was the man behind Adele's mega-selling album. Just FYI.

So then Katy Perry "performed."

Um, first of all an impostor came out and pretended to be Katy Perry up until the mics cut out (which was pretty plausible at this point) and THIS a-hole descended from the ceiling:

I mean what was even going ON during this thing? Was there any kind of unifying idea, or was it just randomly assembled bits of weirdness meant to imply that Katy Perry is creative and outrageous rather than just manufactured and auto-tuned?

Cool ice sculptures, though! Even if it DID seem like there was supposed to be a fourth one that didn't make it on stage.

Lady Antebellum won another Grammy and they were like, "Okay, fine, we'll take it, but we assure you we have plenty already."

In my opinion the best performance of the night happened during the commercial break when LL Cool J rapped about the CBS primetime schedule. Question: When will iTunes let me download this hot track?!?

Then Gwyneth Paltrow came out to introduce Adele, and though she didn't explicitly say it, it seemed pretty clear that Gwyneth Paltrow believes she is responsible for Adele's success.

So then Adele blew the roof off the joint with a perfect performance of "Rolling in the Deep," which was regarded as a bit of a comeback performance seeing as she'd been rehabbing her vocal chords for the better part of a year. It was honestly just a great, powerful performance and the resulting standing ovation was SO deserved:

Taylor Swift, take note: THIS is how you should look when an audience claps for you:

Lovely. The cameras lingered on Adele long after she'd finished, which was the big tip-off that not only was she about to win every award under the sun, but this moment was meant to cap off one of the most famous personal narratives in the music industry. Hers is a terrific fairy tale, really, and a fairly excellent one for the Grammys to have latched onto for the night.

The Band Perry came out to pay tribute to a soon-to-retire singer and they did a great job! They are a very likeable band, aren't they?

Also surprising to me (I am very ignorant about country music), Blake Shelton's rendition of "Southern Nights" was another high point of the evening. Just so understated and cool. Shelton and The Band Perry then teamed up to sing "Rhinestone Cowboy" along with its original singer (who shall remain nameless; lady abusers won't be making appearances in this recap), and the best part was the standing ovation they all got. Well, it was a standing ovation from everyone but THESE two jerks:

Haha busted! Now the world knows you are awful!

People who are not awful:

Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood sang a nice duet. I don't know. If you're into that sort of thing.

Then Justin Vernon of Bon Iver accepted the award for Best New Artist and mumbled something about how it was hard for him to accept the Grammy because he's not in it for the Grammys and what about everybody else and whatever. He'd already famously declined to perform live here, so this was just him being consistent. Fair enough. Bon Iver makes pretty music, but how weird was it to hear his song playing at the Staples Center? Oh well. Sorry, Justin Vernon. Feel better?

Then the President of the Academy came out and gave his annual Most Boring Speech Ever speech. This was about some kind of industry-funded healthcare system for former musicians? I don't know, I couldn't pay attention due to the crazy-looking lady staring intensely at his elbow.

But then things took a chilling turn!

Oh my God!!! What doe she want from me?? BRB calling 911!!

The In Memoriam montage was as sad as you'd expect; it ended with this one:

Then Jennifer Hudson was tasked with singing "I Will Always Love You."

Obviously Jennifer Hudson was not going to sing it as well as Whitney Houston, and she definitely didn't, not by a long shot. But you know something? It worked. Jennifer Hudson is a great singer, so to see her fall so short of Houston's version was a pretty moving reminder of just what we've lost.

Almost as an afterthought, LL Cool J and ?uestlove gave a shout-out to recently deceased Soul Train mastermind Don Cornelius, which I guess was a pretty nice thing to do seeing as he was mysteriously left out of the In Memoriam segment. But then they weirdly tied it in with some kind of dance music mash-up featuring David Guetta, Deadmau5, and Foo Fighters (?) among others.

Like, ugh, more Foo Fighters? And then they were mashed up with Deadmau5, thereby undermining everything Dave Grohl was trying to claim about rock 'n roll's analog integrity?

I'm not a dubstep expert, and it's clear to me that much of dubstep is nightmarish, but I thought the inclusion of Deadmau5 was pretty inspired on the part of the Grammys. It kind of sucked that they forced him to DJ in some tent in the parking lot, but at least it was something different to liven things up a bit.

This guy knows what I'm talking about:

Okay, so then Nicki Minaj performed.

It was one of the weirdest, most baffling, ugly, and entertaining things I've seen in a long time!

It included an intro, a short film, and then a balls-out Catholicism-desecrating on-stage exorcism freakout complete with dancers in midriff monk robes and writhing lady demons.

And it all culminated with Nicki Minaj LEVITATING over the stage. Oh and she was actually rapping the entire time! Not just lip-synching like many of the previous performers.

The bad news is that the song she performed was total garbage. But the good news is that Nicki Minaj (who is kind of the best) is moving into a full-fledged, self-indulgent megastar mode and it should VERY interesting to behold. Lady is crazy AND hilarious, so it's no wonder this trainwreck was one of my favorite things of the night.

Whoops, I spoke too soon... This JACKET someone in the audience was wearing might've been my favorite thing of the night. Here let's zoom in:

I'm guessing that's supposed to be Michael Jackson? I don't know, I don't care who it is, that is one elegant jacket. Can't make out the website, so publicity stunt is a failure, but oh well. Nice try and NICE JACKET.

Then Diana Ross joined LL Cool J on stage to present the Grammy for Album of the Year. Any guesses who won? Come on, just guess! Just take a wild guess. Okay, I'll tell you, it was Adele.

Leave it to the biggest award of the night to make her actually get emotional at the mic. Her speech was a great one, touching on the backstory that caused her to record the album ("a rubbish relationship") and she even charmed the crowd by having an inadvertent snot incident while talking. As you can see, another standing O.

I see you, Kathy Griffin.

To conclude the show, they carted Paul McCartney back out and he sang something from Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, but enlisted the assistance of Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl to help him shred out a few wicked guitar solos for what felt like 45 minutes.

And then, my favorite moment of the show: MY DVR cut off the very end! Phew! That was that! I don't know what happened beyond the cut-off, and I'm sure I don't care. Three-and-a-half hours is a lot to put up with, especially when only about 25 minutes were worthwhile.

So! In conclusion: C+ for effort, the Grammys. Adele, I hope you're working on getting your heart broken again so you can record a new album. And Whitney, I hope you're singing "How Will I Know" to all of the angels.

Byeee!

 

QUESTIONS:

... Who was your favorite Grammy performer?

... Did Adele deserve her Grammy haul?

... Who is the Grammys even FOR?

... Do you think [MUSIC DROWNS OUT]

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o m g! elbow lady L O L Awesome Post Price! Very entertaining!

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Hate to nitpick (That is a lie to be honest I actually love to nitpick)

Rather than Heir Apparent (which would be a male who would definitely be taking the throne) the analogy of an Heiress Presumptive would better suit the situation... Especially because it refers to woman... not a man.



Loved the recap, as usual, annoyed my husband a lot by interrupting him to show him bits of it.
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Deadmau5 isn't strictly dubstep by the way...
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I actually quite like the Foo Fighters...



Adele is a very talented singer but she needs to sing something that is not 'Rolling In the Deep', you really need to write a new song, girl!
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Adele is great, thanks man for the recap, i could not watch the grammys so soon after i lost Whitney :'(
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Whoa! What's Price got against Paul McCartney! I absolutely LOVED that ending and thought it was one of the best parts of the show! I have Abbey Road so I was singing all along:-)



I like Bruno Mars to so dunno what's up with his bashing either. Ah well, to each his own I guess.
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I agree nicki Minsk scared me like there was something all wrong about it and whatsup with all this demonic imagery these musicians keep putting out. Can it be even more apparent?
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I'd like to thank you for this. I did not watch the show at all. But your recap made my day today. Thanks again.



I watched the performance of Minaj and I think she might have plum lost her mind. The song was dreadful and the performance was blasphemous on many a level.
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I think the act by Nicki Minaj was done in very poor taste and sacrilege and the song stunk. The Grammy higher ups should never allowed that piece to go on the air, it was a piece of JUNK!!! and very offensive to me and most likely the rest of world. L L Cool ask for all to pray for Whitney Houston and then to have that on the same show.
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Price Peterson, you are now the official best part of the Grammys. Funny funny funny and so true, all of it.
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ok, i might not agree with you in some parts there, but MAN, i laughed so much reading this that i need to go watch a sad movie to balance my emotions!!! especially the elbow part XD that cracked me up so much i swear i was laughing for what felt like an hour, during the speech i was playing with my phone -waiting for the slow death to finish- so i didnt notice that!! so in the end, i just wanna thank you for writing this. :D
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Adele is definitely good...but imo, her lyrics are pretty banale, and she's only better than the current drivel we're forced to listen to in the mainstream. God bless the fact that none of the useless other B.S. won an award, so Adele deserves her haul, but in terms of quality through the ages? She's not even coming close to the top.
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Paul McCartney, doing the end of the Medley from "Abbey Road."



Yes, she did.



Grammys are for the performers, and the fans that like the music. Don't see why that is so hard to understand.



Do I think what, that Price doesn't have a clue? About anything? Yes, yes I do.
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Such a worthless event!

Example-whats the difference between best song and best record, best album, blah, blah!

You can be best NEW artist yet be from a previous Band, yet now solo!!!

And Adelle? Gimme a break, she is yesterdays English fat lady singing again!!!! Whatever her name was!!!!!

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A solo act and being in a previous band shouldn't count the same. For example, Sting was a lot better when he went solo compared to when he was with The Police.
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Best Song is for the song writer, Best Record is for the performer and producer. Best Album is for the entire album, not just a single song, and goes to the performer and producer. Not too difficult to find out. Google is your friend.



You can be best new artist cause you're a solo act. Not sure if I agree with that, but hey, you're not the band anymore, you're solo, so I can see why they do it.



Nothing wrong with Adele (one "l" in there, but I'm sure you don't care.) Adele is an amazing singer/song writer, and she deserves the praise she gets.

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My only question about "Best New Artist" is how they could have given Shelby Lynne the award almost 10 years after the release of her album that I bought...which was not her first album, and there were more released after! Granted: she deserved SOME award, but "Best New Artist" ain't it.
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omg this has got to be my favorite of your recaps. I kind of feel like if Holden Caulfield was funnier, and more up on current pop culture, this is what he would have had to say about it.
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anybody know who took the stage twice that Price is nottt a fan of?
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Chris Brown. Cause, heaven forbid, someone let something go. Yeah, I may not like the guy's music, but ya know what, he did the crime, he did the time. Everybody involved has moved on, I don't see why Price can't.



Then again, Price is an opinionated twit, who knows nothing about music, it seems, so I guess there's that.
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Price got me to laugh on that part about the lady at the academy president's elbow, so there's that.



I didn't watch the Grammys because... it's the f'ing Grammys! Hard to believe there's a more pompous, self-serving, phony awards show than the Oscars? Look no further than the Grammys, which has the Oscars beat in every way, even bloated length.



I did catch the Adelle win at the end followed by Sir Paul McWeed's performance and jamboree hodown after. What the hell was wrong with Bruce Springsteen though? His guitar sounded like it was strung upside-down, like he had never seen that sort of instrument before, or perhaps like Marty McFly as he was disappearing. Yet the guy had that totally ridiculous "look at me ROCK OUT!" face the entire time, if he weren't such a significant figure in grampa-rock I would have been impressed with the balls he had at playing so badly and looking so impressed by himself.



Oh, and them showing the camera on all the "best album" nominees waiting to hear the result, each one comes up and there's Lady Gaga in her ridiculous net veil, and it's she's got a helmet on that makes her stand out as needing special attention.
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These people are so fake!
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-Adele.

-Yes...hell she should have won everyone else's too

-I don't even know anymore

-I think this recap was better than the Grammy's were. It was the most boring thing ever, it would have been three and a half hours of my life I'd never get back if it weren't for that lovely DVR. The performances were atrocious...the highlights were Adele and the Whitney Houston tribute. And I know it was last minute arrangements and all that but...Jennifer Hudson has sung better, and there were so many talents who could have came onstage and threw together a little Whitney medley. I mean Diana Ross was in the audience, Ledisi, I wish Adele could have gotten up there and did something...I also wish her performance was longer but I accept that she wanted to be a bit understated and not strain her voice, umm Alicia Keys could have jumped in somewhere...hell Amber Riley was outside the Staples Center. They could have cut one of Paul McCartney's hundred acts, recruited some of music's best vocalists and tossed them up there for a longer tribute....but I appreciated what was done. So yeah LL Cool J's moment of silence, Adele, J-Hud's tribute, and that awesome commercial with the girl on the bus totally rockstarring it out to Rollin In The Deep were the highlights of The Grammy's.
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Best parts for me were LL's prayer at the beginning, Adele's singing and Glen C's mike being left on too long. Worst part was having to watch it all with gf and miss Once Upon a Time and Walking Dead.
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You've got to be kidding! Sir Paul rockin' out to the ending medley to "ABBEY ROAD" (study your Beatles history) was the best part of what part of the show I could catch (which was basically the final hour). I LOVED his performance; he showed the kiddies how it's done.



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My favorite part (of what I saw) is a tie between Adele's AOY acceptance speech and Sir Paul.



Adele totally deserved her haul. She's the freshest, most original thing out there.



The grammys are for the performers.



I think that Jennifer Hudson's more understated version of IWALY blew away Whitney's overdone and bombastic version (not to speak ill...)...but NO ONE can touch Dolly's version.
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Yeah I am seriously uneducated about late era Beatles. But we will definitely have to agree to disagree about Hudson vs. Houston because WHAT?
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Nice article, Price. I don't agree with you on certain things, but you made me laugh quite a bit with this one, for which I bow and say thanks.
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Aw I'm glad. We're just trying to have fun here!
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You're giving Stevie Wonder crap for what he wore? It isn't like HE picked it out you know, he can't see! he doesn't even know what SILVER is!!!
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Did I say it was an awful outfit? I dug the shell!
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Price, you manage to make most things hilarious. I chose not to watch this (or any award show really). Two things are rattling in my sleep deprived brain after reading this post. 1-The screen-shot of Niki Minaj(?) or whomever that appears as the title/link for this recap reminds me strongly of a Mr Potato head. (Maybe it's the lighting?) 2-I found myself oddly fixated on/worried about Gwyneth's dress. Like, how is it constructed? Is it in danger of detaching from her torso? Unless she uses tape? Why am I concerned about her torso/side-cleavage? How many questions marks can I use in one comment?

We agree, no walking pieces of garbage on TV and give Adelle all the awards. All of them.
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I didn't watch. Not surprised by Lady Gaga's lack of awards since her second album couldn't pull as much singles as the previous one did. That bit was funny, though. As for the rest, I just skimmed the photos haha. Killing time until TVD airs in a couple of days!
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in the gif that talks about two jerks not standing for the standing ovation, there's actually three people not standing lol
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at least SHE was clapping and not just TEXTING that seemed really disrespectful!
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Yeah, I like that the third lady seems kind of embarrassed about it.
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I never watch awards shows anymore. I feel like i've outgrown them all, it's a pointless endeavor, none of us are there and its really creepy how the masses live vicariously through their favorite (plastic cheap overprocessed) artists during these moments. However, I will never EVER outgrow Price's mockery in hilariously printed reviews...



However, right on about Adele. Beautiful woman who deserves all the accolades given to her. She is someone that all of these garbage pop stars should aspire to be like.
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It was an entertaining/interesting show. Would have liked to have seen more artists and more awards. The same thing happened to me with my DVR, the end of The End got cut off. :)
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All I really have to say about this travesty of an awards show is that the Foo Fighters....who are a half decent band if you like power chords and intermittent screaming (Everlong is a great song I wont deny them that, but it was written in 1996) beat out Radiohead. People can actually say that any song the Foo Fighters have written deserves an award over Radiohead?



Not even going to get into being preachy, or hipster about how Radiohead and their ilk is the be all, end all of music or anything, I'm perfectly understanding about how many people, particularly those who aren't musicians themselves and don't necessarily catch every nuance of a song, don't like a band like Radiohead. However, these awards are given out by people who are supposed to understand what music is actually about, and they give out a "Best Song" award to some power chord, written 15 years too late anthem, over something as nuanced and complicated, and haunting as "Lotus Flower".



That is the state of modern music, and the reason I honestly could care less about anything the grammys have to say about it. End rant
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Price, you seem awfully negative.

Like did you have to wise crack about every single performer (except Adele, of course, because she's perfect in every single possible way...)?



I'm not going to respond to each and every comment you made, although I felt your intentional exclusion of Glen Campbell was ridiculous. I don't listen to country, but when someone is being forced out of music by Alzheimer's, he should be given a touching tribute.



Also your comments about Jennifer Hudson's performance. The point was not to compete with Whitney but to honor her. It doesn't matter how it stacked up against Whitney's version.



Maybe it's just your personality to try to make a joke out of everything, I don't know, but it made for an unpleasant read.
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Sorry? I hope you didn't feel forced to read it.
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Yikes, you're killing me with the Foo Fighters bashing. :S Granted, Grohl was hypocritical to talk about rock the way he said and then mashed up with Dead Mouse but apparently you never saw Foo Fighters live. They are tight and rock out!!!



I think Springsteen and E Street did great for a new song but the Big Man was missed for sure. It has turned into some concert show instead of being about honoring true musicianship. I mean when was the last one where Jazz was represented in prime time?



For Adele's peers in her categories, I think she was pretty much most deserving.
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I just couldn't wait until it was over! I only tuned in to watch the Whitney tribute, as I'm sure 90% of the viewers were also waiting for, and it seemed like the shortest tribute. I was still impressed by Jennifer Hudson. Of course no one can sing that song and do it justice like Whitney Houston did, but it was still a heartfelt performance. I'm not really a fan of Bruno Mars, but I did enjoy his performance. I especially enjoyed his backstage performance when Adele won that first grammy(don't remember which one it is). Was I the only one to catch him jumping up and down?? I couldn't tell if he was throwing a tantrum, or just really excited for her. Lol Either way, it was very fun to watch. I was really surprised this year, most of the auto-tune abusers were shunned out. There may be hope for music in the future!
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is Bruno the next John Mayer? lol I missed the Grammy's due to ABC, AMC . Still mad about the SB rerun marathons last week, CBS don't need any help with ratings. Who texts during standing ovations, that was rude.
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Price, no joke this happened the day before Grammy's: Friend- are you watching the Grammy's this year? Me: uhhh hell no i'm just waiting for the review on tv.com so i can laugh on the inside. End scene. My favorite quotes from your review: Then the zombie apocalypse began. So then Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson came out and shouted a song at each other. I don't know, I missed the Super Bowl because I was eating a sandwich. Who ended up winning that? M.I.A.?
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ps- fuck you Chris Brown
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Great review. I was so pumped for Adele, I absolutely adore her. I disagreed about the Kelly Clarkson duet but I'm also willing to admit I'm entirely biased when it comes to her performances. The rest of the show, I was willing to channel surf during.
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BTW, Price, the songs McCartney did at the end were from Abbey Road, not Sgt. Pepper's.
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Oops my bad. Thanks for the correction!
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Also that wasn't Paul McCartney it was Cypress Hill
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That wasn't form sgt pepper, but Abbey Road, hehe
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tldr; Buck had a funny Grammy recap too and said some of the same things you did

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsNC1t_kuwM&feature=g-all-u&context=G2ec7576FAAAAAAAAHAA
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Price, have you ever watched the What the Buck Show on youtube? He does videos on celebrity news and tv recaps and he's just as hilarious as you. He did a Grammy recap too and I just thought it was uncanny how some things that he mentined about the show were almost the exact same things that you mentioned in your recap. Maybe its just me but you should watch it anyways cause its awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsNC1t_kuwM&feature=g-all-u&context=G2ec7576FAAAAAAAAHAA
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this was great very funny! I even actually laughed out loud a few times (my roommate probably thinks i'm crazy or something ;))
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Price, you'e leagues apart man, your originality is simply amazing!! please keep it up!!
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Best ---

Adele, Jennifer Hudson and entire Beach Boy Tribute plus reunion performance.



Rest was ordinary or worse..

Been watching the Grammy Awards for years and this one just seemed to miss more than it hit.



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Price, I honestly don't know how you do it sometimes. I was JUST about to go to bed, saw that you had a new article up, and now I'm all awkwardly sweaty from laughing so much! Like, in tears. Difficulty breathing type ordeal.



''If a theatrical pop star falls in the woods, does it make a sound?''



Just too effin' funny. But what almost caused a near death experience for me had to be the crazy woman staring at the elbow. And I just read the next line and cracked up before I scrolled to the next image cos I knew what it was going to be (even though I didn't watch the show).



Top class stuff. Annnnd goodnight.
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Aw thanks, that means a lot.
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Nicki Minaj's performance made me furious. If she was mocking the Muslim faith people would've been outraged. It makes me sick.
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I'm from a Catholic family and we tend to have good senses of humor about it. Ultimately I think it was way more a comment on exorcism (and horror movies) than religion.
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I'm also from a Catholic family and I really just thought it was more about exorcisms and horror movies as well, didn't have a religious or at least specific religous feel.
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I just found the whole thing very bizarre.
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Love the Foo Fighters, they were the best.

Adele is awesome, so yes.

Those texters caught my eye also! bastards!

Minaj is the worst.

Jennifer Hudson was perfect.

and everyone needs to separate Brown's personal life and professional life: Ike Turner won a Grammy too, after years of beating up Tina Turner.

LOVED DEADMAU5!!!!!!!!!
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Separation of Life? What is that? Please tell me more about how I can be a total waste of human space but still deserve accolades for fronting the work of others.
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His singing has nothing to do with him hitting Rhianna.

and it's not up to us to forgive him: he didn't hit us. if Rhianna is cool with it, (her references to whips and chains and Chris Brown look-a-likes in her videos) it's not even our business.
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piece of garbage? didn't see the show - have no clue who you mean
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Good! Then I've done my part.
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Yes you did! I want not wish such a punishment on anyone.
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Jennifer Hudson's performance was deeply tonally reflective and very emotional You can't compare the performance of the song. It had a bigger meaning



also I liked the Taylor Swift - Mean song AWW x
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Good and entertaining recap. Most awkward moment I found was the Beach Boys set. The old men looked lost and at times Adam Levine looked like he didn't want to be with them. Best non-Adele vocal moment for me was The Civil Wars little intro.
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Folks are going all righteous about the religious imagery used...or misused.

It didn't bother me cause we have all seen religious imagery used/misused before, It does nothing to my faith and shouldn't really detract from any right thinking persons.
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Oh and am not a fan, I find her persona borders on the ridiculous. But with that flat boring Grammy's she was like a breath of fresh air!
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That's exactly my thought. I thought the song itself was really bad and the imagery was even sort of clicheed. But I LOVE when people aren't boring. I mean, I just rewatched the performance to make sure I didn't dream it. Honestly, they should've let HER perform twice.
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Nice article, honestly found Nicki Minaj performance most interesting and entertaining of the evening.I have seen standout performances at the Grammys there was none in this Grammy. I so wanted to see the Whitney Houston Tribute and that was my reason for bothering this year. I was not too thrilled with Jennifer Hudsons performance really, it kinda ruined my morning.

The other okay performances were Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Coldplay,Chris brown thrilled with his dance moves

Boring performances Tony Bennet,Bruce Springsteen ,Paul McCartney,The Beach boys ( I wanted to kill myself !!! Thank God for DVR.)Kelly Clarkson,Taylor Swift etc

Dont even get me started on Bon Iver wining Best New Artist!!!!!
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Your account of the staring lady's chilling turn really struck me funny. Adele is wonderful and really nailed her song. I've seen her on a couple of British panel shows looking not nearly as elegant, but just as likable. I had the mute on during the David Guetta and Deadmau5 performance. I wondered why they were doing some weird Disney tribute with all the mouse ears.
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