A look at last night’s Grammy Awards and the winners list

Kanye West
Kanye West performing, alongside Daft Punk, a new version of Stronger.
If you haven’t been living under a rock or something until now, then you’d more then certainly got bugged by all the Grammy hype, that thankfully ended last night. As expect nothing special, no surprise prizes, no stellar moments or mind blowing performances, but I’ve personally gotta admit it wasn’t as lame as I thought it would be. Think I may even have had some fun for a few good seconds, but I don’t wanna stretch it.

The 50th annual Grammy Awards, held now at the traditional Staples Center in Los Angele, was kicked off by Alicia Keys, as she “dueted” with a vintage performance by Frank Sinatra of “Learnin’ the Blues.” After that, the rest of the show was kinda boring with various mediocre performances, however with some occasional moments of good rockin,’ like the live shows from the Foo Fighters, who played a orchastral version of the Pretender alongside conductor John Paul Jones ([tag]Led Zeppelin[/tag]) and violinist Ann Marie Calhoun (the winner of the FF Grammy Moment contest), also worth mentioning was Tina Turner‘s performance, as well as the magnificent Love-in show by Cirque Du Soleil. A fun moment was also at hand when John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard took the stage, each, at the Grammy Awards for a short session of classics. The 62-year-old Fogerty, was the first to start; it was also his first time ever to perform at the Grammys. The 72-year-old Lewis was next, blowing the dust off of his classic “Great Balls of Fire.” After that, another great piano player was in center, as the 75-year-old Little Richard simply blew awaythe crowd with “Good Golly, Miss Molly.”

John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard
John Fogerty playing next to Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

On the awards side, as expect Amy Winehouse brought home a handful, meaning no less then five wins, while Kanye West came at a close second with four wins; no more party crashing, hu smart guy?. Speaking of Kanye, the dude may have some severe self indulging issues, but he threw a hell of a show last night, when he was joined by Daft Punk live (the duos first ever televised performance) and played a special, alternate version of the hit single “Stronger.” Their performance was dedicated to Kanye’s late mother; peace man. The night’s shocker however, came when the Best Album Award was being announced. Everybody was expecting Amy or Kanye to take it home, but none other then  Herbie Hancock won with his “River: The Joni Letters,” a pleasant surprise I might add. All in all it was a decent edition of the Grammy Awards, most of the time it didn’t deliver, but some of the present artist’s great shows made up for it to a certain extended and almost made the time spent seem not like a total waste of time. Bellow you can find the full list of Grammy Award winner, per each category. For more details check out the live blogging posts from stereogum, RollingStone and Spiner.

Album of the Year
Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters

Record of the Year
Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”

Song of the Year
Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”

Best New Artist
Amy Winehouse

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Justin Timberlake – “What Goes Around … Comes Around”

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Maroon 5 – “Makes Me Wonder”

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

Best Dance Recording
Justin Timberlake – “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows”

Best Electronic/Dance Album
The Chemical Brothers – We Are The Night

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Bruce Springsteen – “Radio Nowhere”

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
The White Stripes – “Icky Thump”

Best Hard Rock Performance
Foo Fighters – “The Pretender”

Best Metal Performance
Slayer – “Final Six”

Best Rock Song
Bruce Springsteen – “Radio Nowhere”

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Bruce Springsteen – “Once Upon A Time In The West” (from We All Love Ennio Morricone)

Best Rock Album
Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Best Alternative Music Album
The White Stripes – Icky Thump

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Alicia Keys – “No One”

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Prince – “Future Baby Mama”

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Chaka Khan (featuring Mary J. Blige) – “Disrespectful”

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Gerald Levert – “In My Songs”

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Lupe Fiasco (featuring Jill Scott) – “Daydreamin'”

Best R&B Song
Alicia Keys – “No One”

Best R&B Album
Chaka Khan – Funk This

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Ne-Yo – Because Of You

Best Rap Solo Performance
Kanye West – “Stronger”

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Common Featuring Kanye West – “Southside”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z – “Umbrella”

Best Rap Song
Kanye West Featuring T-Pain – “Good Life”

Best Rap Album
Kanye West – Graduation

Best Traditional Folk Album
Levon Helm – Dirt Farmer

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade

Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
“Love You I Do” From Dreamgirls

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters

Best Contemporary Blues Album
JJ Cale & Eric Clapton – The Road To Escondido

Best Traditional Folk Album
Levon Helm – Dirt Farmer

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade

Best Spoken Word Album
Barack Obama – The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Love (The Beatles)

Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Ratatouille

Best Comedy Album
Flight Of The Conchords – The Distant Future

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Mark Ronson

Best Short Form Music Video
Johnny Cash – “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” (Dir. Tony Kaye)

Best Recording Package
Bright Eyes – Cassadaga

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