I tuned in late to the Grammys, so I quickly checked a few live-blogs to see what went down in the first hour.
From MTV: 8:40 A bunch of Country artists win a bunch of awards! And Im having technical difficulties, as required by law.
From Paste: 9:29 Kanye has reached a new place in his life: he can make fun of himself.
From the New York Times: Dave: Plant only needs to say the words Led Zeppelin and people cheer. Its like on Inside the Actors Studio, when James Lipton gets the actors to say the names of their own movies.
Jon: Someday, all someone will have to say is Animal Collective to provoke mayhem in old people.
The weirdest thing so far, which I'm guessing will be the weirdest part* of the whole broadcast, is happening right now: Queen Latifah segues awkwardly from noting the Lifetime Achievement award given posthumously to Dean Martin earlier tonight into the hyped hip-hop all-star jam by calling it "the rap pack." They also changed the broadcast to black and white to make it more... Rat Pack-y. T.I., Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne hit the stage with a hugely pregnant M.I.A. (apparently her baby was actually due today) in tuxes for a rousing "Swagga Like Us."
Also, Lil Wayne, who we hope came to the show with a big wheelie suitcase for all the little statues he's gonna get, won best rap song and best rap solo performance in the pre-show ceremony.
*wait, no, now Paul McCartney is doing a set of early-early Beatles rock n'roll with Dave Grohl on drums. (From Paste: 9:56 pm: Grohl of course decided to do drums with Sir Paul thinking to himself "I can kick Ringo's ass and drum circles around his head." From NYT: Jon: Glad Paul is doing I Saw Her Standing There - I was afraid hed be dour. Dave: He was always the Clean Up After a Legendary Rap Performance Beatle.)