Music’s biggest night had arrived. It’s time for the 56th Grammy Awards, once again hosted by LL Cool J. Countless awards will be given out, but the real star of the show is the performances laced throughout the night.
A who’s who of the music world will take the stage, including Taylor Swift, Robin Thicke, Lorde, Daft Punk and even Metallica. Jay Z and Beyonce are performing together, as well. There will definitely be some special memories made tonight and you can follow along with Zap2it’s live blog as they all happen.
The show kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
8 p.m. – If you’re starting things off with a bang, there’s no better act than Jay Z and Beyonce doing “Drunk in Love.” Bey spends a good portion of the song shaking her behind at the camera and recreating Sharon Stone’s iconic “Basic Instinct” chair scene. Not a bad performance to kick off the night.
Daft Punk is in the audience wearing their robot heads, so that should be exciting later.
8:08 p.m. – LL Cool J throws out his own song titles, tries to hit on Taylor Swift and talks about the power of music in his opening remarks. He even name checks Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
First presenters are Anna Kendrick and Pharrell iIlliams. You guess which one of them is wearing a silly hat.
They award Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with the best new artist award. They also won a bunch during the pre-show, so these guys are going to need a new trophy shelf.
8:15 p.m. – After giving their speech, Ryan Lewis goes back to his seat in the crowd while Macklemore is escorted backstage. Poor Ryan Lewis. Next up Lorde is performing a stripped down version of “Royals.” All that means is that it’s somehow an even less upbeat version of the track. It’s hard to deny she’s incredibly talented though.
For some reason there was a weeping angel from “Doctor Who” hanging over her the entire time and, even though it was a laid back performance, she looked to be in physical pain with her singing her own lyrics. And you thought the weird nails and goth look would be the strangest thing about her appearance.
8:25 p.m. – Hunter Hayes is the first performer back after commercial. While he sings, inspirational quotes from luminaries like Lady Gaga and Johnny Depp are shown on the video screen behind him.
8:30 p.m. – Daft Punk and Pharrell win for best duo/group pop song with “Get Lucky.” Of course, Daft Punk says nothing and let Pharrell do the talking, which is a shame. Let’s hear some robotic sounds.
Next up is Katy Perry performing “Dark Horse,” as she tries to challenge Lorde for the goth throne. Are the Grammys being directed by Tim Burton this year? Is that why Hunter Hayes was performing in front of a Johnny Depp quote?
8:42 p.m. – Next up Robin Thicke is teaming with Chicago for a song. If Chicago has to do “Blurred Lines,” it’s a whole new level of sad. They hit some of Chicago’s best songs in what is a really good performance, but then it happens. Chicago backs Thicke up for some “Blurred Lines” and the world starts falling apart.
That is immediately followed by a Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr. performance.
9 p.m. – That’s followed by John Legend, the third performance in a row without an award. After all, everyone knows the real reason this show is televised.
Next up, Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Kris Novocelic and Pat Smear ring Best Rock Song. Grohl says they recorded the song in only a couple hours and “that’s what rock and roll is all about.”
The award is followed by the exact opposite of rock and roll: A Taylor Swift performance. Lots of convulsing from Taylor at a piano as she sings her way through “All Too Well,” looking good while doing it.
9:16 p.m. – Bruno Mars is introduced as “Super Bowl halftime performer.” He introduced Pink, who will probably be flying or something.
Yeah, she’s definitely flying. How are other people supposed to compete with Pink when she also does Cirque du Soleil antics? You think once she’s not in her harness and on the ground things get boring, but instead she does some pretty impressive gymnastics moves with her backup dancer, who throws her across the stage. She’s joined by the lead singer of Fun., who definitely can’t hold a candle to her live.
Lorde wins for best pop solo performance and accepts wearing her Morticia Addams best.
9:31 p.m. – Black Sabbath introduces a performance with Ringo Starr. Get Paul McCartney out there! This is the part where Twitter explodes with teenagers demanding to know why some guy they don’t know is taking up valuable TV time. Kids, this man and his band broke the rock and roll mold and recreated it. Ask your parents about him.
No Paul? That’s just sad.
Next is Jamie Foxx’s terrible British accent. At least you tried, Jamie. He spends a little too much time talking about how he stared at Beyonce while naming Jay Z a nominee for best rap/sung collaboration. No Justin Timberlake there to accept the award with him when he wins, though.
9:44 p.m. – Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons performing together. This is a weird combination. If Imagine Dragons screams anything, it’s rap. Truth be told, it’s not a bad performance.
That is immediately followed by the gaudiest performance of the night, thanks to Kacey Musgraves, with her light up boots, lamp shade skirt, neon cactus signs and blinking band. How did this get past the dress rehearsal?
10 p.m. – Julia Roberts is out to talk about the anniversary of the Beatles performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show. Paul McCartney is performing a “new song” with Ringo. A new song? This is anarchy.
The track is great, but with McCartney and Starr on stage together, how do you not throw out a little “Yellow Submarine” or “Hey Jude”?
Bruno Mars wins for best pop vocal album and does a little dance before saying his thanks.
10:15 p.m. – For one reason or another Jeremy Renner is there, but he introduced Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton for some good, old country. The huge smile on Shelton’s face as he plays with his idols says it all. These are the icons he looks up to. What a great moment.
Kacey Musgraves wins for best country album and accepts still wearing the silly lamp shade dress.
10:25 – Neil Patrick Harris introduces Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers. Pharrell is wearing a different hat which isn’t quite as silly as the last.
Daft Punk doesn’t show up until near the end and it’s not clear that they’re actually doing anything but pushing buttons on some sort of control panel. That was definitely a fun performance that got the audience dancing.
10:37 p.m. – Cyndi Lauper can’t read a teleprompter to save her life, but she eventually introduces a duet by Carole King and Sarah Bareilles. After a quick rendition of “Brave,” the two present Lorde with best song of the year. She’s having a pretty great night.
10:49 p.m. – Jared Leto asks for a moment of remembrance for the great Lou Reed before introducing Metallica, who is responsible for one of Lou Reed’s worst albums. They’re performing one with Lang Lang.
Metallica has been at it since 1981 and, somehow, they’ve still got it. If you forget about their stuff from 1994 to 2006, that is.
10:58 p.m. – Steven Tyler sings a bit of Smokey Robinson, which seems to confuse and terrify Smokey, before they present best record of the year to Daft Punk. The perfect chance for them to not say anything again.
11:09 p.m. – It’s time for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to help a lot of people get married. In the middle of their performance of “Same Love,” Queen Latifah officiates over 33 different weddings. That’s an awesome moment. At least, until Madonna shows up with a cowboy hat and a cane to weird things up. Her voice also doesn’t sound very good.
Even Madge can’t bring down that amazing moment, though. Incredible work from everyone involved.
11:27 p.m. – With a tribute to the Everly Brothers, and their family in the crowd, Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and Miranda Lambert perform one of the duo’s hits. This is a night of very touching performances, along with a couple that are decidedly less so.
11:39 p.m. – Somehow, Daft Punk wins best record for “Random Access Memories.” Considering the competition, that’s pretty bizarre. Yet another change for guys in motorcycle helmets to not give a speech.
Enough of that, though. Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham are ending the show with one giant crazy performance. By Nine Inch Nails, we mean Trent Reznor. A three and a half hour show running late? You don’t say. If you’re going over, might as well do it with as much energy as humanly possible.