Katy co-wrote this track. Tidbit: It’s rumored that the goal of the song was to cast a witch-like spell on listeners. Working!
Juicy J’s intro contribution kicks up the urban vibe, which is kind of a new direction for Katy. KatyCats, what do you think?
We’re not hearing her roar here, and as much as I like her roar this vibe is pretty great, too: sexy, determined, a little dark. She’s a convincing Aphrodite, not to mention a gorgeous one.
GRAMMY flashback: Who remembers the 2009 broadcast, when KP took the stage as a giant banana during a fruit-themed take on her breakout hit "I Kissed A Girl”? She’s come a long way.
That was powerful, no? We're already a half-hour in. Coming up next: a Robin Thicke/Chicago collaboration, a Keith Urban performance and our third big award of the night. Who's going to go home with the Best Rock Song GRAMMY?
Really, I want to know: Who do you think merits the award? Who’s most deserving? Gary Clark Jr., who’s about to perform with Keith Urban? Or that other Keith and his bandmate Mick?
And can we have some feedback on the incredible performances, please? Who’s especially “on” tonight?
Also: Any amateur stylists out there? Who has the fashion right? Or wrong?
We’re back, and with a beautiful shout-out from LL to the legendary, pioneering Phil Ramone, who died in March.
Also an intro to our next performers, Robin Thicke and Chicago. GRAMMY broadcasts are known for their memorable collaborations, and this is bound to be one of them. It’s a cross-generational meeting of pop geniuses. Really inspired.
“Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is” is a Chicago song from 1969. But the second question the song asks is a better one: “Does anyone really care?” Because I don’t think we do! They could keep this up all night.
Now they’ve moved into “Beginnings,” another hit from 1969, this one with a cool jazzy vibe.
Chicago's 1969 album The Chicago Transit Authority was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame this year.
Chicago: A band the size of Chicago.
More blasts from the past: “Saturday in the Park” is another great, classic Chicago song. As those of us on the East Coast know, it’s definitely not the Fourth of July weather-wise. But this tune brings about a sunny, summery kind of feeling despite the Polar Vortex. Robin Thicke feels it and blends beautifully with the iconic band.
Now it’s Chicago blurring the generational lines by helping out on last summer’s biggest hit. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this one never gets old. Do you agree?
Was that a scat interlude, Robin Thicke?
Early today Robin Thicke said he was "excited and nervous" about his performance. We didn't see any nerves!
What a pairing. What a performance. One for the history books.
… but we’ll have to write that chapter later because here comes Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr., with the stunner “Cop Car” off Keith’s “Fuse.”
Here’s a song with a fun conceit: it’s about a couple who get arrested while trespassing together and fall in love in the back of a cop car.
Arrested? For trespassing? It may not happen all that often in real life, but Keith Urban breathes believability into these lyrics. Maybe he’s a sucker for a love story.
Gary Clark Jr. is a multi-genre marvel.
Back to those lyrics. If you’re like me, you’ll buy just about anything Keith Urban is selling. He’s in fine form on this midtempo number, all sincerity and shiny, perfectly mussed hair.
What about that melody? A country keeper for sure.
Another commercial, and more time for you to join us here in the comment area! What's surprised you so far? Who are you looking forward to performance-wise?
If it’s John Legend or Taylor Swift you're looking forward to most, you’re in luck. They’re up next. Hey: that could be a fun pairing. But they’re not singing together tonight.