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LiveBlogging the Grammy nominations

December 3, 2008 |  7:07 pm

Johnmayerbg

pophissaugust: Was he secretly in like Agnostic Front or something?
margaret0912: Record of the Year category...
margaret0912: Adele, why?
pophissaugust: This is a hugely Brit-heavy year
margaret0912: MIA, what's UP???
margaret0912: I like that
pophissaugust: "I play the cash register on that song," ha!
margaret0912: Good line
pophissaugust: Every nominee on that list was English
margaret0912: I'm a little sad that Estelle has gotten dissed. I really like "American Boy."
pophissaugust: Likewise, that song has really stuck with me, it's just so easygoing and summery
pophissaugust: and as an American, it feels good to finally have someone admire us for something

And thus concludes tonight's foray into Grammy live-blogging. Now we only have 29 days left until the big event. The clock is ticking.

John Mayer and Alicia Keys perform at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Photo: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

More live-blogging reactions to the Grammy nomination special after the jump.

PART 6

Bbkingbg
pophissaugust: Time for an MP3 pirating lecture!
pophissaugust: This guy always does one
margaret0912: Neil Portnow is totally harshing on my illegal downloading habits.
margaret0912: Wow, well, who didn't see the B.B. King playing with John Mayer thing coming?
pophissaugust: I hear there's some kind of new "museum" devoted to some "award" of sorts, do you know anything about this?
pophissaugust: Meh, John Mayer is Delta Chi with a record deal, but he can play. I don't really mind this.
margaret0912: He's also done some blogging on Huffington Post that ain't bad at all.
pophissaugust: I want B.B. King's jacket; it looks like he's preparing for re-entry in the atmosphere
margaret0912: Is it cheetah-patterned or is that just the wonder of my imagination?
pophissaugust: Paisley/Cheetah
pophissaugust: Not Brad, the pattern
margaret0912: Wow, let's get that on coats in H&M's winter line right now
pophissaugust: The Jonas Bros just gave that a standing ovation
pophissaugust: From one guitar god to another
margaret0912: I think they'd give a standing O to anything
pophissaugust: John Mayer has sleeve tattoos!
pophissaugust: I didn't know that!
margaret0912: me neither! Rough rush week at Delta Chi.

Veteran blues guitarist and singer B.B. King, photographed at the Sheraton Universal City Hotel in Universal City on August 27, 2008.
Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

PART 5

Taylorswiftbg

pophissaugust: Taylor Swift is country music's Anna Faris
margaret0912: Totally. The bubbly persona is real.
pophissaugust: The self-aware blond ditz who secretly knows she's hilarious in a savvy way
margaret0912: OK, this is the RIGHT song for her to do. There's a lot of baby-done-wrong smirk to this.
pophissaugust: yeah, this song coming from a teenager is a sly move
pophissaugust: ahhh, good segue to her hit
pophissaugust: I hope Joe Jonas is slumped over in his seat right now for dumping her
margaret0912: OK, but I don't know if I'm feeling the medley... it was so much more interesting before
pophissaugust: she's really made this her "Irreplaceable"
margaret0912: Yeah, "I'm going to find someone someday who might actually treat me well" seems aimed at a certain Jonas Bro who prefers to break up over the phone
pophissaugust: "The poetry of the street"
margaret0912: The finest words ever used to introduce the Rap Duo or Group category.
margaret0912: Jay-Z and T.I. = Duh!
pophissaugust: What's funny is I suspect Taylor Swift knows and loves all these rap songs
margaret0912: Ludacris' "Wish You Would" is one of the best tracks on his new one.
pophissaugust: She does a mean Eminem cover live.
margaret0912: She should've segued into that from "I'm Sorry."
pophissaugust: I haven't picked up Luda's new one yet, is it good?
margaret0912:
In moments, it's very good but it's not innovative at all.

Teen singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, whose debut album became one of the biggest hits out of Nashville in recent years, selling more than 3-million copies before Swift had turned 18.
Photo: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

PART 4

Christinaaguilerabg

pophissaugust: Taylor Hawkins is flipping out on that falsetto back there
margaret0912: On TV the light panels on the side of the stage look pretty cool but if you were up close, it might be seizure time
pophissaugust: They're so much better playing normal pop songs instead of bad screamo
margaret0912: All right, Grohl's introducing the collab category
pophissaugust: Ahhh, the self-congratulatory montage moment
margaret0912: Right, because the best collabs have happened right here at the Grammys! Imagine that!
pophissaugust: Whoever greenlit the duo-with-dead-guy video collab idea should be swiftly deported to Neptune
margaret0912: Did you just see Grohl's semi-sarcastic mini-clap?
pophissaugust: Ohhh that Madonna/Timberlake/Timbaland song was miserable
margaret0912: I sort of liked "No Air."
pophissaugust: haha, what's with the robot voice for announcing the maroon 5 /Rihanna collab?
pophissaugust: Dave Grohl is tanking up there and it's great
margaret0912: He's having fun saying Rascal Flatts with every "a" in the name
pophissaugust: Wow I have never heard the name "Rascal Flatts" spoken with such loathing
margaret0912: Oh snap, Xtina's in the house
pophissaugust: Well, if anyone here can do Nina Simone, it's Xtina
margaret0912: She's taken Madonna's mantle away. She's the true chameleon these days
pophissaugust: She has really cute ears, I've never noticed that before, given all the bondage gear and what have you
margaret0912: It's true. It might be her best feature, behind her lips
margaret0912: And, well, I guess her voice is pretty good too
pophissaugust: Yeah, for all her prior insanity, she's the real article

Christina Aguilera on the red carpet at the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Photo: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times

PART 3

Davegrohlbg

pophissaugust: Carl Wilson's book on Celine was really good, BTW
pophissaugust: he ends up weeping at her Vegas show by the end
margaret0912: and didn't the same thing happen to you?
pophissaugust: ....as I likewise did, shhhh
pophissaugust: Ha!
margaret0912: outed!
margaret0912: I feel confused by Celine singing folk while wearing leather pants
pophissaugust: Can TI come out for the bridge here?
pophissaugust: haha, she's like Madonna without the crucifixion complex
pophissaugust: I bet Celine buys really thoughtful Christmas presents for people
pophissaugust: "Lil Wayne for Thehh Cuuhtuhh Three"
pophissaugust: I'm handicapping Robert Plant or Coldplay for that one
margaret0912: Me too. I think Plant's the safe bet while still seeming rock 'n' roll and progressive
pophissaugust: They need to come back to earth after Herbie last year
margaret0912: I think they'll give Radiohead the Alt award
pophissaugust: oh surely, no contest there
pophissaugust: Oh wow, Foo Fighters doing Carly Simon
margaret0912: You know, I have some hope for this cover.
pophissaugust: Hey, is Pat Smear back in the band?
margaret0912: That would be a good move.
margaret0912: But where is he?
pophissaugust: Hey, this sort of sound like the first Foo Fighter record, which was great
pophissaugust: On the left, the blonde guy
margaret0912: Yeah, I think Dave Grohl is really feeling this

Dave Grohl of the band, The Foo Fighters, performs at the Inglewood Forum on March 5, 2008.
Photo: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

PART 2

Celinedionbg

margaret0912: So, Best New Artist category!
pophissaugust: Going from the Beatles to Katy Perry wasn't the best montage to express how far we've come in finding new artists
margaret0912: Adele, Duffy... zzz... Jonas Bros... this is getting bad!
pophissaugust: i have never heard the name Lady Antebellum until right now
pophissaugust: who are they?
pophissaugust: to the wikipedia!
margaret0912: Me neither... is that a shout-out to red-state watchers or something?
pophissaugust: please tell me they're like an emo Skynyrd
pophissaugust: ahh, okay, they won a best new artist at the CMA's
pophissaugust: So, yes, red state shout-out
pophissaugust: that's a really horrible name for your country band, though
margaret0912: It seems like the Grammys wasn't sure who might be the best new artist in country, so they just took a quick peek at the CMA wins
margaret0912: LL Cool J is now roaming... he just told the Jonas Bros. that the world loves them
pophissaugust: I remember little about the Antebellum south that was all that positive for anyone who lived there
margaret0912: He meant the world under 13, of course
margaret0912: Here comes Celine Dion, human Kryptonite to irony... or something like that.
pophissaugust: Celine sounds weird playing folk songs
pophissaugust: her Quebecois croak is not suited for this kind of quiet

Celine Dion performs in her world tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Photo: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

PART 1

In which our intrepid reporters Margaret Wappler and August Brown live blog the most relevant, newsworthy and utterly fascinating award show nominations in the history of humanity.

Mariahcareysm margaret0912: Mariah's singing her Xmas song I heard in Rite Aid last night!
pophissaugust: That's so apropos it hurts
pophissaugust: that said, wow, vinyl Sexy Santa dresses on her dancers
margaret0912: Can Taylor Swift and LL Cool J be a more random host pairing?
pophissaugust: Haha, LL Cool J thinks he's in the Staples Center
pophissaugust: If he turned 90 degrees left, he'd be disavowed of that
margaret0912: They've already touted the Grammy Museum, of course
margaret0912: Yeah, he might want to take a quick look past Taylor's corkscrews...

Mariah Carey performs at the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising special of "American Idol" in April 2008 at the Kodak Theatre.
Photo: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

--August Brown & Margaret Wappler

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