Paul McCartney: still amazing on bass, drums, guitar, piano, you name it. Could he have handled that harp, during the Usher performance? I would not be surprised.
Here is what I’m wondering as we sail into the commercial: What are your thoughts about superstars like the three we just saw getting together? Does it work? Is it such a spectacle, so important to the integration of musical styles, that the results don’t matter much?
What did you think of the onstage chemistry? Was everybody’s ego in check?
So maybe it’s a song that covers a spectrum of feelings, a wide landscape of reactions to everyday life. Fair? What’s your interpretation?
As for the meaning of the song, let’s do a lyric-check: "I think I've had enough/ Might get a little drunk/ I say what's on my mind/ I might do a little time. Cause all of my kindness/ Is taken for weakness,” sings Rihanna. And then here’s Kanye: "Woke up an optimist/ Sun was shining, I'm positive/ Then I heard you was talking trash/ Hold me back/ I'm about to spazz."
Paul McCartney is voiceless, but his playing speaks volumes.Is he lip synching?
And Kanye sings, rather than raps, as we are witnessing just now.
The song is off the beaten track for Kanye and Rihanna, because it’s almost country-tinged. How do you like this semi-unplugged side of them?
You’d sort of have to be hiding under a rock to not know what this team-up is about. The threesome released this single, “FourFiveSeconds,” a while back. It’s a groundbreaker.
You are witnessing history in the making. This is the world debut performance of Rihanna's latest single "FourFiveSeconds" featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney. In case you didn't know, McCartney and West also recorded a song together called "Only One," which led some folks in the Twitterverse to question who this "newcomer" McCartney was. We trust all of our GRAMMY fans know who Sir Paul is.
Kanye: stripped-back beautiful performance. It is about his mum talking to his child. Paul McCartney was sitting just by me and he co-wrote the song: surreal in itself. It was simple and worked perfectly. Full respect.
And just like that, we have left the country, music fans. A trio of rock, rap and pop giants have joined us. Welcome Rihanna, Kanye and Sir Paul McCartney!
Yoakam — total heartthrob — is a two-time GRAMMY winner. I could listen to him all night. Love this collaboration.
Yoakam clearly appreciates her talent. Is he a fan? Must be. And how does she feel about him? She has to be thrilled with this pairing.
The story behind this great song is, like all Clark tunes, brilliantly simple. It’s about asking a lover to do just that when an ex walks by.
Important Clark fact: “12 Stories” was recorded more than two years ago but the major labels wouldn’t buy it. Then the (smart) independent label Slate Creek Records stepped in, and the rest is history.
Clark’s “12 Stories” is kind of a miracle of songwriting — she’s underheralded, I think, even despite her noms tonight.
As promised, we are going hard into the country. Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam have taken the stage! Awesome collaboration on “Hold My Hand.”
I hear a Merle Haggard influence, and maybe a little Waylon Jennings. What influences are you picking up on?
GRAMMY Fact: This is Dwight Yoakam's first performance on the GRAMMY stage since 2004, when he joined several artists, including Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris, for a performance of Warren Zevon's "Keep Me In Your Heart."
This is the first GRAMMY performance for Brandy Clark. The duo are singing "Hold My Hand," which is featured on Clark's GRAMMY-nominated 12 Stories album.
Style-wise, can we file Church under country rock? Southern rock? Outlaw country? He’s been stationed in all of those categories.
Church has a couple of familiar signatures: the aviators, the Von Dutch hat. He’s keeping it real tonight with the shades.
This is Church’s first GRAMMY performance, and tonight could be huge for him in a lot of ways: the ‘Talladega’ singer is up for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song, Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Album. Three of the four awards stem from his ‘The Outsiders’ album. His Best Duo nod is for his role in Keith Urban’s ‘Raise ‘Em Up,’ from the ‘Fuse’ album.