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Enter the Fray: Joaquin, the Grammys, and reality TV

Thefray_lIt’s Friday the 13th, but nothing spooky has happened yet (other than the fact that Tatiana Del Toro will continue on in the hopes of becoming America’s Next Top Model the next American Idol). I think I’ve dodged a bullet on the whole bad-luck day thing — until next month, that is. I hope you’ve all had good luck today, too. If not, ancient legend has it that reading this week’s top PopWatch posts will improve your fortune tenfold. Enter the Fray:

10. Annie Barrett will sleep happily with dreams of sequins and Maks now that ABC has announced the newest cast of Dancing With the Stars.

9. For those who worry that Joaquin Phoenix has gone off the deep end, fret not. The actor-turned-rapper has a history of befuddling behavior on late-night TV.

8. Finishing second in the Reality TV Show Host-turned-EW.com Blogger Comment-Off ’09 Round 1 is main Survivor guy Jeff Probst. Don’t worry buddy, you’ll get it next time!

7. Lynette Rice doesn’t think the Friday time slot Fox assigned to Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse bodes well for the new series (which premieres tonight).

6. The judges have spoken, and the American Idol top 36 are in. You know, until Hollywood week, I was totally okay with Tatiana. But it will be completely unacceptable, America, if I have to hear that shrill giggle come from my TV set for any reason other than her elimination next week.

5. Joaquin Phoenix’s barely-there Letterman appearance on Wednesday had Mike Bruno entertained regardless of whether it’s all an act or not.

4. Hip hop goddess M.I.A. performed ”Swagga Like Us” with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and T.I. at the Grammys while simultaneously balancing the responsibilities of being super awesome and being ready to give birth at any moment, but Mike Bruno was bummed she didn’t get to sing ”Paper Planes,” which ”Swagga” samples, instead.

3. And the Reality TV Show Host-turned-EW.com-Blogger Comment-Off ’09 Round 1 Champion is…Chris Harrison of The Bachelor! Come on down and collect your trophy bragging rights!

2. Chris Brown turned himself in to L.A. police Sunday night for questioning in connection with a police investigation into charges of a felony battery.

1. Intrepid EW music experts Simon Vozick-Levinson and Leah Greenblatt live blogged the Grammys ceremony.

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Grammy performances: Watch them again! Here!

Whether you missed the ceremony altogether, or are, like me, too poor and/or Luddite-y for Tivo/DVR-type shenanigans, you could spend hours trolling online video-sharing sites. Or! You could click on this PopWatch post and peruse nearly all of the night’s performances, without the pesky interference of commercials, special honors, and, you know, trophies and stuff.

Of course, we’ve already provided EW.com readers with a real-time blog of the event, a full list of televised winners, and answers to your burning questions, as well as photo galleries for both style and performance best and worsts, but there truly is nothing like the real (pixelated) thing. So even though I’ll be offering a roundup of my own personal bests and worsts from the show in the magazine this Friday, here you get to judge almost every one of them unexpurgated for yourselves. Here’s Al and Co. first, and then then 19 more after the jump…



Dave Matthews Band's LeRoi Moore: Grammys snub?

Leroimoore_lIt has been a hard couple of months for Dave Matthews Band fans, since the loss of saxophonist LeRoi Moore — and last night’s Grammy festivities didn’t make things easier. Moore, who died in August from complications stemming from an ATV accident, was left out of the Grammys’ "In Memoriam" segment (as was Stooges’ guitarist Ron Asheton).

Fans have been letting their grievances be known via various DMB message boards, including antsmarching.org. The band’s bassist, Stefan Lessard, wasn’t shy about his frustration with Moore’s omission, either. Last night, Lessard twittered, "It just goes to show you how full of s— the Grammys have become," and he responded to fans’ disappointment with, "You all make me proud…. Roi knew that, he loved you all."

Sure, the Grammys had time restrictions, and there were many names to be mentioned. But it does seem like a glaring omission: Moore was Grammy winner and a founding member of one of the most successful touring bands in the country. So the lack of recognition certainly doesn’t sit well. Being a huge DMB fan myself (39 shows and counting), I couldn’t help but get a little upset by not seeing LeRoi Moore get his due. What about you fellow DaveHeads? Did Roi’s omission hit a nerve? Should the Grammys apologize?

UPDATE: In a statement dated Feb. 10, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said, "Nearly 250 members of our music community have passed in the last year, and all of them have been listed in the program book for the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards, including LeRoi Moore. For the ‘Encore’ segment of our annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, unfortunately we are unable to include all of the talented and wonderful people within the allotted timeframe."


Paula Abdul, Miley Cyrus, Jason Mraz, Adele, and more video from the Grammys red carpet

EW’s intrepid Whitney Pastorek, seemingly three months deep into covering Grammy week 2009, has delivered some pretty kicking video from last night’s Grammys red carpet. How often did Miley Cyrus rehearse her duet with apparent BFF Taylor Swift? What happened to (eventual) Best New Artist winner Adele’s thumbnail? How would (eventual) Best New Artist non-winners Lady Antebellum deal if they had won the infamously cursed award? Which former Sexiest Man Alive is starring in Juno director Jason Reitman’s next feature film? Is Jason Mraz intimidated at all by competing with Coldplay? These questions and more are answered in the videos below — first up, American Idol judge Paula Abdul tells us which season 7 contestant was convinced at the last minute not to sing Abdul’s classic "Rush Rush."

Blink-182 reunite -- to tour with Green Day? No Doubt!

Blink_reunionLooks like Mark, Tom, and Travis have taken a page out of the Obama play book: Less than 12 hours after announcing to the world on the Grammys that they’d be reuniting after four years, Blink-182 already have their 2009 reunion site (pictured) set up. I, for one, am pretty excited. I caught their 2004 co-headlining tour with No Doubt — you kinda forget that Blink-182 was as big as, and sometimes bigger than, Gwen and Co. — which was worth the price of admission alone just for Travis’ extended drum solo atop a riser above the crowd. (Yes, Gwen’s back flips certainly added value, too.)

Their side projects over the years — Tom’s Angels & Airwaves, Mark and Travis’ +44 — demonstrated how talented each is in his own right, but mostly, they just reminded us that we’d rather be seeing and listening to Blink. So, while they didn’t stay together for the kids, they did get back together for them (even if most of the "kids" have mortgages and kids of their own by now).

No Doubt are also reuniting for shows this summer, for the first time since that ’04 tour with Blink. Rumors have it that Blink will be doing some dates opening for Green Day, which should be great — but for old time’s sake, maybe they could double up with No Doubt again, if for just one?

More on the 51st annual Grammys:
Carrie Underwood’s Grammys guitarist: Who was that?
Grammys: Best and Worst Performances
Grammys: Best and Worst Style
Full list of Grammy winners
Our Grammys PopWatch live blog

Carrie Underwood's Grammys guitarist: Who was that?

Many of you were wondering last night about the young woman who livened up Carrie Underwood’s performance of "Last Name" with a face-melting guitar solo. Who was that righteous axe warrior, anyway? Question answered: Her name is Orianthi, she’s a 24-year-old Aussie, and guitar heroes including Carlos Santana, Prince, and Steve Vai reportedly agree that she rocks. Check out Orianthi’s MySpace here, relive last night’s "Last Name" below (skip to around 1:50 for the serious shredding), and get ready: Orianthi is signed to 19 Recordings/Geffen Records, with a debut album in the works. Anyone else psyched to hear it?

More on the 51st annual Grammys:
Gallery: Best and Worst Performances
Gallery: Best and Worst Style
Full list of winners
Our PopWatch live blog

Static Major: Remembering the late Grammy winner

At least one of last night’s big Grammy honorees couldn’t be there: late songwriter Steve "Static Major" Garrett, who posthumously shared the Best Rap Song award for Lil Wayne’s "Lollipop." Static penned tons of now-classic R&B, hip-hop, and pop tunes before his untimely death last year, many of them in collaboration with Timbaland. His Grammy win is a reminder of how much he’ll be missed. Check out the four-part oral history of Static’s life that Vibe put together in December or a recent profile in his hometown paper if you’re looking for a fuller picture of the man behind the music. Or just pay tribute by listening to one of his most brilliant creations, Aaliyah’s "Are You That Somebody?", below. How will you remember Static Major?

More on the 51st annual Grammys:
Gallery: Best and Worst Performances
Gallery: Best and Worst Style
Full list of winners
Our PopWatch live blog

Report: Chris Brown surrenders to LAPD; released on $50,000 bail

Chrisbrown_lPeople.com reports R&B singer Chris Brown was released from LAPD custody after posting $50,000 bail on Sunday night. Earlier in the evening, according to the People.com report, Brown turned himself in for questioning in connection with a police investigation into charges of a felony battery that took place in a car early Sunday morning.

According to police reports, officers responded to a 911 call at around 12:30 a.m. An unidentified woman who appeared to have been beaten identified Brown as her attacker. Brown was not found at the scene.

Earlier today, sources backstage at the Grammys told EW that Brown and fellow Grammy nominee and girlfriend Rihanna canceled their  appearances at the awards show following a car accident. Shortly after, Rihanna’s publicist issued a statement, saying Rihanna was "well" and thanking fans for their concern and support.

Stay tuned for more details as they develop.

More on the Grammys:
Our live blog of the Grammy Awards
Who will win the Grammys? Who should?
Grammys ’09: Backstage video with Sugarland and Adele
Katie Couric’s All-Access Grammy Special: 10 things we learned
Grammy Rehearsals, Day One: Sugarland, Smokey Robinson… and a tardy Lil’ Wayne

M.I.A.'s Grammy performance: Give that girl a solo!

Like many M.I.A. fans, I couldn’t have been happier last summer when her absolutely sublime single "Paper Planes" finally caught the public’s attention, more than six months after its release, largely thanks to its use in promos for Pineapple Express. Also, like many M.I.A. fans, I was less impressed with the subsequent string of hip-hop mixtapes that included a quick sample of the song as M.I.A. became the genre’s it girl for a minute. I’m sure she’s thrilled to be included in hop-hop’s cool kids club, and I’m not surprised she was elated to share the stage at the Grammys alongside royalty like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I., and Kanye West — and being nine-months pregnant, she probably appreciated the help. But personally, I’m disappointed that M.I.A. isn’t getting the spotlight to herself, and I was let down 30 seconds into last night’s performance (which, like most of those big-stage, all-star hip-hop performances, resulted in a whole less than the sum of its parts) when it turned out to be the Jay-Z-T.I. song "Swagga Like Us" and not the M.I.A. song used as the hook.

I’ve been an M.I.A. disciple since "Galang" and I’m stoked to see her uncompromising music ("All I wanna do is POP! POP! POP! POP!") reaching the masses. But I still feel it’s too bad that the second she goes mainstream, she’s reduced to the sampled line "No one on the corner has swagger like us." Don’t get me wrong — that is a sweet, sweet line. But I don’t need a celebrity endorsement to appreciate it.

Anyone else let a bit let down by the Grammy’s decision to drown M.I.A. and the REAL record of the year in a sea of A-List MCs last night? What other highlights and disappointments from the ceremony caught your attention?

More Grammys:
Grammys: The 2009 winners
M.I.A. to perform nine-months pregnant: It’s the Grammys, baby!
Grammys: Best/worst performances
Grammys 2009: Best/worst style
Grammys: Live blogging the 2009 awards ceremony!

Grammys: Live blogging the 2009 awards ceremony!

Grammy_lWell, after countless announcements and a ton of mind-blowingly awesome rehearsals, it’s finally time for the 51st annual Grammy Awards. Leah Greenblatt and myself will be live blogging the broadcast right here in this post starting just before 8 p.m. Eastern, with possible on-the-scene updates from Whitney Pastorek at the Staples Center. In the meantime, let’s get to talking: What’s everyone out there most looking forward to tonight? We were very bummedto hear at the last minute that Rihanna and Chris Brown won’t be performing due to a situation that’s still developing, and we’re sending out our best wishes to all involved there — but we’re thinking Al Green, who’s singing in their stead, should be a treat. How about you?

LEAH: So here we are, halfway through the red-carpet hour, and so far, all we know for certain about the developing Chris Brown/Rihanna situation is that neither will be in attendance tonight.

LEAH: Rumors are that Justin Timberlake may step in to replace Brown in his performance slot.

LEAH: We’re sad to hear about the whole situation, but the show must go on.

SIMON: Yeah, that story is definitely going to make it a little harder for me to enjoy the Grammys fun.

LEAH: Lots of stars so far. Coldplay look like a pack of Mentos.

LEAH: Or maybe JuJuBees.

SIMON: Is Ryan Seacrest hitting on Paris Hilton?

SIMON: And Paris thinks Coldplay are "legends." Bet Chris Martin is feeling very proud right now.

LEAH: She looks like a slutty grape.


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