Before we find out, some messages well worth hearing seem to be coming our way. The GRAMMYs have always had an impressive social conscious.
It’s just about time to re-train your eyes on the Staples Center stage for Katy Perry. Can she top her Superbowl performance tonight? Tough act to follow …
... and let me say it again: tonight is a big night for shorts. AC/DC kicked things off, and Pharrell has followed along. Twice already. Trend spotted!
And the surprise message is from … U.S. President Barack Obama. He has won two GRAMMYs for Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling).
AC/DC blew the roof off to start. Old-school Reeboks and all. Fireballs. It was a wall of sound and a perfect start to the show.
While we're thinking about performances, flashback to a 1984 GRAMMY moment, when Lennox, performing “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” with her band Eurythmics, dressed in drag, with her hair in an Elvis ‘do. Unforgettable!
Tom Jones, my friend. I love him. His voice is just the one.
Props to the artists, too, who (so far) have accepted their awards with a lot of graciousness and not a lot of over-the-top verbosity. Whose acceptance have you liked best tonight?
Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine's vocals worked so well together. Gwen looked HOT in red. What a hot mamma....
But let's back up a second. What did you think of Pharrell and his awesome stage show? And the electrifying Lang Lang?
Nice pre-commercial salute to our producer. My thoughts are with him -- It’s such an extravaganza, so much talent to be managed, so much ground to cover. Yet it looks seamless and easy. Big props to LL Cool J, too, for being a polished host who moves us along at a brisk but thoughtful pace.
Such a sweet ending to that Pharrell number. Off we go to commercial land. Send us some thoughts during the break. All thoughts, any thoughts!
This performance is a little hard to distill, but never mind because the song and his enthusiasm are causing a groundswell of good vibes in the millions of households he’s entering on music’s biggest night. Here is a song that makes you wish all songs were happy songs. Clap-along songs.
French? Quasi-military? Lang Lang!!??
GRAMMY Fact: Lang Lang is the GRAMMY Cultural Ambassador to China.
Everybody knows this song because no one can resist it — it’s “Happy,” and it’s pretty much just awesome. Contagious!
What's this? A modified toy soldier hat this year?