Here’s a belated shout-out to Trombone Shorty, too, doing brass players everywhere proud. The guy can blow.
Good that there’s a commercial break, because I think we all need a minute to recover after all those nuptials. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Madonna get my vote for coolest wedding singers ever.
Ryan Lewis’ sister Laura was among tonight’s brides. Talk about tying the knot in style …
OK, let’s refocus. It’s been a few minutes since we’ve had a big reveal, but there's one coming up. What are your predictions for Album of the Year, the night’s final award? Send them in, we're reading!
… And in the performance department, stay tuned for some more musical dues-paying. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is joining Miranda Lambert to salute Phil Everly, another recently lost legend.
Fewer than 15 minutes left ...
Fresh off the stage following their performance. Mary Lambert and Macklemore!
Neil Portnow, GRAMMY brass, is onstage, keeping this night of inspired and inspiring performances and awards official.
We're not done paying tribute just yet -- it's time to remember the great pianist Van Cliburn, who died in February. It’s an encore for Lang Lang, but a bittersweet one.
Beautiful, no? We don’t normally get goosebumps over classical music at the GRAMMYs, but I’m sure i’m not the only one feeling them.
Here it is, the portion of the broadcast that always (always!) chokes me up ...
What a cross-section of departed talent. Wonderful tribute.
Who has been paying attention to the astoundingly cool career of Billy Joe Armstrong recently? If you have your hand up, you know that in 2013 he teamed with Norah Jones to record the Everly Brothers tribute album “Foreverly.” That release was a track-for-track rerecording of the duo's 1958 record, “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.” And it’s great-sounding; you can hear the admiration on every track.
But here’s Billie Joe with Miranda Lambert, country superstar, who competed against her husband Blake Shelton in the Best Country Song category tonight (he for his chart-topping ballad “Mine Would Be You,” and she for her raucous hit “Mama’s Broken Heart”).
This is “When Will I Be Loved.” Smooth!
If you thought this was a Linda Ronstadt song, guess again. It was the Everlys first. And now these two are owning it.
Here we have it, our last commercial break before the final award announcement and the final mega-performance. If you’re a regular GRAMMY watcher, you know the final performance is always a doozy. What will happen when Nine Inch Nails joins Queens of the Stone Age?
Both NIN and QOSA are first-time GRAMMY performers.
And, sorry to be predictable, but it must be asked: Who is going to win Album of the Year? Who are you leaning toward? Tell us now so you can say I told you so after the show! Only a few more minutes of GRAMMY hoopla.
Queens Of The Stone Age got nods tonight for Best Rock Performance for “My God Is The Sun” and Best Rock Album for “…Like Clockwork.”
Nine Inch Nails were nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for “Hesitation Marks.”
“I can’t put it into words how excited I am to represent the country music genre with the music that I’m able to make!” – Kacey Musgraves backstage in the press room
I wonder what a Best Musical Theater Album GRAMMY sounds like? Cyndi Lauper takes her Danny Clinch photo backstage
It’s a big award, which merits a big presentation. Here we have Alicia Keys, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono. Doesn’t get much bigger than that, wattage-wise.
Queen Latifah takes her Danny Clinch photo backstage #fierce
Daft Punk is the proud owner of the Album of the Year GRAMMY. Huge night for Daft Punk!
"... then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album." Hilarious!
Lookout, it’s final performance time. Here’s NIN ripping into “Copy of A,” off the new album “Hesitation Marks.” It’s trance-y and dark and kind of familiar — Trent Reznor revisiting his old days, but with a 2014 twist.