Nile Rodgers lends elegance to everything he does. Even when he’s freaking out he’s elegant. He’s the godfather of elegant funk.
The song had two nominations tonight: for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and the biggie, Record of the Year.
Now it’s Stevie time. They’re ceding to the master but lending their support. This is “Another Star” from the landmark Stevie Wonder album “Songs in the Key of Life.” A sweet slice of ‘70s R&B, updated with a funk and robot fluff-up.
Incredible show, incredible last performance. Is the Staples Center’s roof still in place?
We’re seven awards in now, everybody. Less than an hour to go. That means we’ve got three more to go. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s do some reflecting. Who’s GRAMMY payday has surprised you the most? Is there anyone who hasn’t been handed a statue so far who should have been? Anybody disgruntled on behalf of his/her favorite artist? Speak up!
Martina McBride waves hello!
Legendary Smokey Robinson backstage. Nice suit, Smokey!
Cyndi Lauper is our next presenter. We’re about to have girl time — FUN girl time, of course — at the GRAMMYs.
Song of the Year is a huge category. I’ve scooted to the edge of my seat. You too?
Carole King and Sara Bareilles are with us, making the earth move under our feet. What a pair of powerhouses. And they’re both huge right now: Carole King because of “Beautiful,” the Broadway musical based on her life (we’re hearing “Beautiful” the song right now) and Sara Bareilles for her album “The Blessed Unrest,” up for Album of the Year tonight.
“Beautiful” comes off the 1971 classic album “Tapestry.” So much uplift in this song. Tons of pluck. But it has that Carole King quality of substance, too. The world already knows it and that includes all of you out there but it’s worth saying again: she’s a master songwriter.
And Sara Bareilles is no slouch in the songwriting department, either. This is the wonderful “Brave,” off last year’s “The Blessed Unrest.” “Brave” was a contender for Best Pop Solo Performance.
Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” co-writer is the bandmate of one of tonight’s performers: Jack Antonoff, of fun. The song, it's rumored, is about coming out. It’s a bright — and important, and timely — “message” song.
Also kind of a departure for Sara Bareilles because it’s not a ballad. Is this a new direction for her? If so, do you like where it’s taking her?
And the Song of the Year award goes to “Royals,” and Lorde, one of tonight’s most awesome performers in a sea of awesomeness.
That was an appreciative Lorde we just witnessed. Walking on GRAMMY air.
You heard what the “coming up” announcer said. We’ve got a lot to talk about. Metallica and Lang Lang? The thrash metal heroes and the Chinese concert pianist? Something memorable — epic perhaps? — is about to go down in LA.
I wonder what rehearsals for this next performance were like. Maybe Lang Lang grew up listening to “… And Justice for All” and needed no convincing to team up with Metallica. Maybe Lang Lang is a secret metalhead.
Taylor Swift shows Lorde some GRAMMY love
The show’s back and it’s tribute time. Lou Reed: what a loss. A rock visionary.
That was just about perfect, Jared Leto.
Like Lou Reed, Lang Lang and Metallica clearly are unafraid of taking a walk on the wild side. They’re letting the metal band’s late 80s hit “One” rip.
Before his performance, Lang Lang caught this special moment between Stevie Wonder and Pharrell backstage