February 9, 2009
Biggest Yawn: Maybe the song just hasn't clicked yet, but U2's rousing "Get On Your Boots" didn't seem to fire up the crowd as much as you'd think it might.
Warmest Moment: The first award went to Jennifer Hudson-she thanked her family, "who are in heaven and here with me today."
Biggest Rock Star: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. That guy is really large, which explains why they let him yammer on the way they did.
Best Duet: Coldplay's Chris Martin and rapper Jay-Z offering up a low-key mix of words and Music on "Lost!"
Worst Segue: After the unconventional team-up, Coldplay's band performance of Best Song winner "Viva La Vida" seemed weak. Don't let Joe Satriani psych you out, boys.
Biggest WTF: For an Awards show stocked with so many Musicians, it's weird that nobody gets played off for talking too long.
Best Replacement: The last-minute addition of Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Boys II Men and Keith Urban was a little ragged, but it was all the more impressive considering they weren't scheduled to perform. Also, really nice guitar solo, Keith.
Biggest Question: Why don't more of the performers sound better? Nerves? Bad sound?
Biggest Music News: Blink-182 is getting back together. Less notably, we probably won't be getting as many Angels & Airwaves discs.
Juiciest Fruit Topping: Katy Perry's performance was most notable for its sophisticated mix of giant bananas and low-hanging cleavage.
Other Best Duet: M.I.A. performing with her due-at-any-moment child.
Least Appealing Duet: Kanye West offered up fine performances with both Estelle and a rap supergroup, but his darned mullet kept upstaging him.
Most Unexpected Team-Up: Kenny Chesney was introduced by Morgan Freeman, who made it sound like the two are total BFFs.
Worst of the Worst: Rihanna and Chris Brown were no-shows. We don't know the whole story yet, but early reports sound extremely troubling. We're hoping for the best.
That's Just Weird: On a night when Coldplay picked up quite a few Awards, Gwyneth Paltrow gave a gushing introduction to Radiohead-a band Coldplay is generally compared to unfavorably-instead of her husband's band. We're sure she'll have some sophisticated rationale for doing this, but we think it's weird and it blows.
Most Stoked: The USC marching band members who got to support Radiohead on "15 Step."
World of Wonder: Was it just us, or was the pairing of Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder just off somehow?
Most Divisive: We heard some of our friends thought Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus didn't deliver, but we thought they were terrific. Plus, you have to credit a success like Swift, who sings, plays the guitar and writes songs. Brava, ladies.
Biggest Questions: Who gave the best performance? Whose duets were the most successful? Who were the most deserving winners? You tell us.