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2012 Grammy Awards Live Blog

February 12, 2012  |  2:00pm
2012 Grammy Awards Live Blog

There’ll be a dark cloud hanging over this year’s Grammys after Whitney Houston’s sudden passing yesterday. Producers confirmed last night that a last-minute tribute to Houston will be included in tonight’s broadcast.

We’ll be live-blogging the whole thing, from the reunited Beach Boys/Foster the People collaboration (if Brian Wilson plays “Pumped Up Kicks,” we’ll scream) to all the major awards. Check back here at 8 p.m. EST to follow along, and in the meantime, check out our 2012 Grammy predictions and proclamations.

11:33 p.m.: That’s it folks. Until next year. (@calwahab)

11:31 p.m.: Old guy “guitar face” is seriously creeping me out right now. #Grammys (@JennyJohnsonHi5)

11:30 p.m.: Anytime I see 6 guitars onstage I have a panic attack. #GRAMMYS (@stvincent)

11:27 p.m.: maybe we should have all just watched a three-hour mccartney concert dvd…#grammys (@rysreed)

11:25 p.m.: I dunno. I’m not sure that LL Cool J and Paul McCartney are really homies. (@jakefogelnest)

11:24 p.m.: This is what we all wanted to hear in the first place, Paul. #fankyou (@aahrealbonsters)

11:21 p.m.: Pretty soon Adele is going to read us her grocery list because she’ll have run out of things to say for her speeches. (@lauralmedina)

11:19 p.m.: DIANA ROSS’ HAIR WINS EVERY AWARD EVER. (@aahrealbonsters)

11:17 p.m.: Sorry I stopped Tweeting the Grammys there for a bit. I climbed up on my ceiling during Nicki Minaj. (@joshjackson)

11:11 p.m.: Between Katy Perry teleporting and Nicki Minaj levitating, the Grammys are like a skeezy Vegas magic show this year. (@aahrealbonsters)

11:08 p.m.: Nicki Minaj is possessed….by Madonna’s English accent. (@ChrisWillman)

11:07 p.m.: Did CBS just change their programming to a new CSI? (@rbonaime)

11:00 p.m.: Can I turn the tv back on now? (@roseannecash)

11:00 p.m.: I mean. We should all be grateful we got Deadmau5 instead of Skrillex. (@calwahab)

10:59 p.m.: They moved this into a tent outside so as not to kill off Tony Bennett, Glen Campbell and Macca. #Grammys (@joshjackson)

10:55 p.m.: chris brown has been onscreen twice as much as adele tonight. that’s just…just…no. (@rysreed)

10:54 p.m.: “This isn’t right. This isn’t right at all.” —Don Cornelius, if Heaven had Twitter #Grammys (@lindsayeanet)

10:48 p.m.: Jennifer Hudson did it right. (@calwahab)

10:47 p.m.: Jennifer Hudson reminds Adele that she’s not the only world-class vocalist on stage tonight with Whitney tribute. #Grammys (@joshjackson)

10:46 p.m.: Jennifer Hudson: creating a nationwide moment of silence with her performance of “I Will Always Love You.” (@bananegon)

10:42 p.m.: Calling it right now: This is going to fade into a dark stage and the a capella intro of “I Will Always Love You.” (@aahrealbonsters)

10:37 p.m.: Yes! So great to see Justin Vernon get some big-stage recognition. And big smile from Kitty. Sweet hook-up. #Grammys (@joshjackson)

10:37 p.m.: I think #Grammys just played “Beth/Rest” to cue Justin Vernon’s exit from the stage. (@MaxBlau)

10:36 p.m.: From a cabin in the woods to the stage of the Grammys. Well done, Bon Iver. (@lauralmedina)

10:34 p.m.: Cue the “WhoIsBonIver” Tumblr. (@bananegon)

10:33 p.m.: The old guys are trouncing the young ‘uns tonight. Tony Bennett’s still got it. (@joshjackson)

10:27 p.m.: Still waiting on R. Kelly’s Lifetime Achievement Award for “Trapped in the Closet.” #Grammys (@StephenCapps)

10:26 p.m.: Where’s the love for George Jones—no performance for him? #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

10:23 p.m.: The Grammys are best when they don’t try too hard to be cool. This is wonderfully earnest and just plain good. (@joshjackson)

10:22 p.m.: Okay, this is awesome. #glencampbell (@aahrealbonsters)

10:18 p.m.: Meg Ryan, is that you?! Nope, just The Band Perry. (@bananegon)

10:13 p.m.: I wish Beyonce & Jay-Z would get on stage and present their baby to the world like Mufasa did in the Lion King. #Grammys (@autocorrects)

10:10 p.m.: In case there was any doubt that this is Adele’s night and everyone else is just a guest star. #Grammys (@joshjackson)

10:09 p.m.: Adele looks nervous. She shouldn’t be. Looks and sounds absolutely stunning. (@bananegon)

10:05 p.m.: Adele sounds great, but I don’t think I can listen to this song again. #Grammys (@kanetylerr)

10:04 p.m.: I think this is the first time I’ve watched CBS since last year’s Grammys. How many cop dramas are they up to now? (@calwahab)

9:57 p.m.: Is Katy Perry auditioning for a role the upcoming Avengers movie? #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

9:55 p.m.: Did Katy Perry just teleport across the stage? (@aahrealbonsters)

9:53 p.m.: I’d like to add “shoot fireworks out of my boobs” to my resume #grammys (@lauralmedina)

9:50 p.m.: And Adele wins Song of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep.” Her giggle is amazing.

9:45 p.m.: Cue the “people like me?!?” look from Taylor Swift. (@bananegon)

9:44 p.m.: Taylor and co. are dressed up as the Decemberists! cute! (@jesshopp)

9:43 p.m.: Banjos, old-timey outfits and…choreography? (@aahrealbonsters)

9:40 p.m.: This time last year, The Civil Wars were recording a Live From @PasteMagazine session. #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

9:39 p.m.: “We’d like to thank all our opening acts.” The Civil Wars just made this thing take a turn for the awesome. (@aahrealbonsters)

9:38 p.m.: Chris Brown acceptance speech? Bathroom break. (@bananegon)

9:36 p.m.: Now THAT’S how you do an introduction, Seacrest. #StevieWonder (@lindsayeanet)

9:33 p.m.: Why didn’t Stevie refer to Paul as ‘OG’ Paul McCartney? #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

9:32 p.m.: Stevie Wonder gets the warmest response of the night just for showing up. (@aahrealbonsters)

9:30 p.m.: Let’s bring back the Arcade Fire BMX park for the Glen Campbell tribute. #RejectedGrammysProposals (@MaxBlau)

9:29 p.m.: Foster the People got a standing ovation from Chris Martin! The joke kinda writes itself. (@arjunbasu)

9:23 p.m.: It’s like that one episode of Full House, but better! (@bananegon)

9:23 p.m.: Where’s Brian Wilson’s sandbox? #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

9:22 p.m.: And the Walking Dead premiere begins now. (@calwahab)

9:21 p.m.: The look of terror in Mark Foster’s eyes almost makes up for this performance. (@lauralmedina)

9:19 p.m.: Thank god they didn’t ask Coldplay to sing this Beach Boys song. (@calwahab)

9:18 p.m.: This is gonna be worse than ‘Smiley Smile’ #Grammys (@kanetylerr)

9:16 p.m.: The Foo Fighters made their album in a garage, most unique concept in music. (@lauralmedina)

9:11 p.m.: We’re over an hour into the show, and the number of awards given out stands at one. (@aahrealbonsters)

9:09 p.m.: This Willie Nelson singing Coldplay commercial is better than Coldplay singing Coldplay. (@calwahab)

9:06 p.m.: Cold sore>Coldplay. (@NotBillWalton)

9:05 p.m.: This would be great “before” footage for a new vocal training exercise program. #GRAMMYs (@StephenCapps)

9:04 p.m.: Can Chris Martin…hear himself right now? (@aahrealbonsters)

9:02 p.m.: Is Chris Martin wearing a breast cancer ribbon or is that just random indie-cred paint on his shirt? #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

9:00 p.m.: YES Rihanna we can go out this Friday. Just stop asking! (@calwahab)

8:58 p.m.: Tina Turner, is that you? Nope, just Rihanna. (@bananegon)

8:56 p.m.: Skrillex’s voicemail is full, in case you were wondering. Thanks to Deadmau5 for providing the number. #Grammys (@kanetylerr)

8:55 p.m.: Remember that one time? When everyone sang “Rolling In The Deep” on the bus? #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

8:51 p.m.: Dave Grohl trying to keep some street cred by wearing a Slayer shirt at the #grammys (@kanetylerr)

8:49 p.m.: I’m pretty sure Jack Black lost his indie cred with ‘Nacho Libre’ #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

8:47 p.m.: Jack Black just referred to the Grammys as “The Grams,” and I kind of love him for it. (@aahrealbonsters)

8:45 p.m.: Foster The Beach Boys plays “Pumped Up Heroes and Villians” #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

8:43 p.m.: Kelly Clarkson: went to my rival high school in Dallas, TX AND is inspiring me to bedazzle my microphones. #GRAMMYS (@stvincent)

8:41 p.m.: #WOMANBEATER is a trending topic worldwide. #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

8:38 p.m.: Reba’s a babe. (@calwahab)

8:36 p.m.: Man, I was really looking forward to a Kanye West acceptance speech. (@aahrealbonsters)

8:34 p.m.: Cowboy hat. Never a good sign. (@calwahab)

8:33 p.m.: I’m ready for Skrillex’s cooking segment. Any idea when that’s coming on? #Grammys (@MaxBlau)

8:31 p.m.: Just like Michael Vick can’t have a dog, Chris Brown is only allowed male backup dancers from now on. #grammys (@joshjackson)

8:29 p.m.: “Put your hands up in the air.” RIHANNA TRIED BUT YOU WERE BUSY ASSAULTING HER. #Grammys (@EveryTweetEver)

8:28 p.m.: Chris Brown’s stage set up reminds me of Nickelodeon’s Global Guts (@kanetylerr)

8:27 p.m.: Chris Brown performance? Snack break. (@bananegon)

8:26 p.m.: Wait, Chris Brown isn’t banned for life from the Grammys? (@aahrealbonsters)

8:25 p.m.: Adele wins for “Someone Like You” and keeps her acceptance speech short and sweet.

8:24 p.m.: This makes me hate Lady Gaga even more. What are you wearing?! (@adm_v)

8:21 p.m.: Bummerfest2012 so far. (@calwahab)

8:16 p.m.: I don’t know what’s more impressive: Bruno Mars, or how stiff his hair is. (@calwahab)

8:14 p.m.: “Get off your rich asses and let’s have some fun.” – I now like Bruno Mars. (@kanetylerr)

8:13 p.m.: Bruno Mars wins the award for Best Pelvic Thrusting. (@aahrealbonsters)

8:10 p.m.: “OG Paul McCartney?” That’s new. (@kanetylerr)

8:09 p.m.: Over/under on times LL Cool J licks his lips? 85. (@adm_v)

8:07 p.m.: TONY BENNETT STARING INTO SPACE DURING THE PRAYER. (@calwahab)

8:06 p.m.: Uh….LL Cool J is kicking off the show with a prayer.

8:02 p.m.: Digging: This new Bruce Springsteen single. Not digging: The Boss’ earrings. (@aahrealbonsters)

8:00 p.m.: And we’re off! Bruuuuuce!

7:49 p.m.: About 10 minutes to go. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are slated to open the show, but the tributes to Whitney Houston and Etta James will likely set the tone for the evening.

7:16 p.m.: In case you’re keeping score at home, some pretty big awards have already been given out at the pre-show. Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Body and Soul,” Adele took home Best Pop Vocal album for 21, and Skrillex snagged Best Dance Recording for “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” as well as Best Dance/Electronica Album. Foo Fighters won Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “White Limo,” Best Rock Song for “Walk” and Best Rock Album for Wasting Light. Bon Iver has won Best Alternative Album, and Kanye West has won Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Our former “Best of What’s Next”ers The Civil Wars won Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album for Barton Hallow.

5:54 p.m.: Our Grammy picks are now in handy dandy chart form. Print it out, fill out your own guesses and meet us back here in a couple hours to see who was right!

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