I didn’t really watch the Grammys last night. I poked in and out. (Nullus.) It’s really more of a Stereogum thing. (Or is it?) It just seems like out of all the awards shows, none is more out of touch with the culture that it purports to celebrate and more deeply in the pocket of THE MAN than the Grammys. (Real music fans were probably watching Coldplay’s cameo on The Simpsons.) So, I watched Lady Gaga’s opening number, and I saw the Michael Jackson tribute, and Jamie Foxx’s homage to “opera.” But for the most part I stayed out of it. I’m sure Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech was really stirring. I’m sure that the Black Eyed Peas performance of “Barf Barf Pow” reminded everyone that these are just incredible artists at the top of their game who should never ever stop making music.

In any case, I love looking at photos as much as anyone, so here is a FunTown 2010 Grammy Awards photo gallery. And if you actually managed to sit through this thing, please feel free to tell everyone how it went. Awesome and not incredibly boring and kind of disheartening, I’m sure.

Comments (73)
  1. Someone should tell Beyonce that this is not Avatar in 3D, no matter how much Lady Gaga looks like an alien.

  2. I was really unsatisfied with how little Justin Bieber was on the Grammies. Really. I had no idea how little he was.

  3. My favorite part was when those little white kids came out on the stage after the MJ tribute and did that performance art piece about having an over bearing and fame-hungry family.

  4. I thought gimp.i.am was great up there.

  5. “It just seems like out of all the awards shows, none is more out of touch with the culture that it purports to celebrate and more deeply in the pocket of THE MAN than the Grammys.”

    I think this is completely true, because hell, even No Country for Old Men won best picture a couple of years ago. And Mad Men wins Emmys. It’s just that everything at the Grammys is so completely the opposite of good music, it’s kind of incredible.

  6. Did the NAACP or Jesse Jackson have anything to say about Quentin Tarantino, yet?

    • “Yo my homeboy Jay uses them Grammys as paper weights. Cause he got that paper! Up top!” – Quincy Tarantino

      • I seriously felt embarrassed for everyone involved… It was like he just got the Ebonics Language Pack for Rosetta Stone and he wanted to use the Grammy’s stage to fill us in on his progress.

  7. I watched it, there were lolz to be had but overall its just truly sad. The Best New Artist award makes less than zero sense. But the real tragedy of the night was the Grammys introducing me to Kesha. I had no idea who this person was until yesterday but now I cannot think of a single person I loathe more. Thanks Grammys.

  8. Nothing more NWO then picture 8, lemme tell ya.

  9. I never thought I’d live to see a Green Day album become a Broadway musical. I’m ready whenever, 2012.

  10. I poked in and out.
    TWSS (TWHS, I guess)

  11. Between MGMT and Silversun Pickups, I was expecting the Grammys to actually get Best New Artist right for once. Considering I don’t even know what a Zac Brown Band is, they have once again failed.

    But Phoenix won one, so there’s hope!

    • I thought the same thing at first, but even if they picked one of those two, they still would have been wrong because neither is remotely new, like when pbj won that award at the vmas for young folks, just because its new to mtv, does not make it new. but yeah phoenix is awesome

  12. I actually liked the Drake, Em, and Lil Wayne thing. The only other thing that gave me any amusement was seeing that girl who rolls around in trash and glitter with Alvin from the Chipmunks.

  13. Did anyone else find Stephen Colbert kind of a douche bag at the beginning? I thought it was pretty unnecessary to insult Susan Boyle.

  14. I like how Taylor Swift said in her acceptance speech, “This is a story we’ll be telling for years.”

    Really? What’s the story? “Children, gather round while I tell you the story of how I won the Grammy for Best Album in 2010…In 2010, I won the Grammy for Best Album. The end.” Good story.

  15. I actually didn’t watch the Grammys (too busy watching SNL because I’m always behind), but I did look at some performers gallery on Yahoo or somewhere. I mean, I follow music really closely and read blogs and Buy CD’s* and everything, but I didn’t even recognize half of the people in the pictures. I just don’t get it; now please get off my lawn.

    *sometimes, but you know, downloading

  16. It was pretty much downhill after Lady Gaga.

  17. If we’re talking pure entertainment (and by entertainment, I mean incredulous, surely-this-is-not-happening-oh-yes-it-is-happening! moments) value, I’d say this year’s Grammy Awards were pretty stellar. I mean, come on: 1) Jamie Foxx is HILARIOUSLY WTF, 2) I really hope MJ’s kids aren’t weird oh crap they’re weird, 3) Stevie Nicks this is terrible but I can’t stop watching you play the tambourine, 4) SLASHHHHH, and 5) IS THAT JIMMY FROM DEGRASSI THE NEXT GENERATION?!?!!!

    Loved Lady Gaga too.

  18. Who is in charge of digging up the celebrities for these events? I imagine there is some celebrity farm somewhere and the owners are trying to get more use out of Dave Matthews and Slash before they send them off to the big celebrity farm in the sky.

  19. If we’re talking pure entertainment (and by entertainment, I mean incredulous, surely-this-is-not-happening-oh-yes-it-is-happening! moments) value, I’d say this year’s Grammy Awards were pretty stellar. I mean, come on: 1) Jamie Foxx is HILARIOUSLY WTF, 2) I really hope MJ’s kids aren’t weird oh crap they’re weird, 3) Stevie Nicks this is terrible but I can’t stop watching you play the tambourine, 4) SLASHHHHH, and 5) IS THAT JIMMY FROM DEGRASSI THE NEXT GENERATION?!?!!!

    Loved Lady Gaga too.

  20. The Grammys…oh brother. Fair enough that the Gagas, and Pinks, and Black Eyed Peas of the world get a stage for something like this. Sure – celebrate pop music hits while you can, the shelf life on these songs is nil, but look at their nominees for best rock album:

    Green Day ? 21st Century Breakdown *winner*
    AC/DC ? Black Ice
    Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood ? Live from Madison Square Garden
    Dave Matthews Band ? Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King
    U2 ? No Line on the Horizon

    Seriously. AC/DC? Whoever decides on these nominees is not qualified to do so. Are they really listening to Black Ice? Who on earth is listening to Black Ice????

    • I tuned in during Pink’s performance and wow! It was not bad. In fact, it was quite good. Weird half-naked bodysuits aside, nice acrobatics, Pink. It was pretty.

      But, yeah, AC/DC. No. Just no. If they had won album of the year, I think we’d all just fast-forward in time and die in 2012.

    • I’m pretty sure that whoever whittled down the nominee list totally forgot, and had to check in the Wal Mart music section until they found five CDs that qualified. To think that if only they’d chosen Target, Pearl Jam would have totally owned that shit.

  21. The fact that I can name each Jonas Brother probably puts me on some kind of watch list. I can’t understand them. They?re so clean. Looking at them makes me feel homeless and insecure about the way I smell.

  22. That was NOT Quentin Tarantino. It was either John Belushi:

    or Tony Clifton:

  23. I turned it on just as they were introducing a duet by Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli, and quickly turned it off because I feared my face would melt like the Nazis at the end of Indiana Jones.

  24. Yes! Why has there not been more discussion of the fact that Drake used the be Jimmy, the kid who eventually got shot and couldn’t play basketball on my favorite Canadian melodrama?

  25. That thing on William’s head was sweet. Not the masks or whatever, but the hair.

  26. I couldn’t watch; did Fergie finally win Best Male Artist?

  27. I didn’t actually watch the Grammy’s (because duh), but I’ve checked out Pink(P!nk)’s performance on youtube and thought it was absolutely beautiful. I respect anyone who can sing like that while twirling in the air like a madwoman. My stomach’s too weak to even read on the subway.

  28. I have literally zero idea who is in photo number 7.

  29. Pink wears underwear with dickholes in them.

  30. Time to fess up, monsters. How many of you watched the Grammy’s soley to mock it on videogum the next day?

  31. I tuned in for exactly 5 minutes only to be so terrified by whatever that was standing next to whoever Justin Bieber is that I went directly to bed. Also worth noting that when Slash was on stage a big sign behind him was flashing “SLASH” since obviously 2010 needed a large flashing reminder of who he was.

  32. “Wow! An awards statue! Awww, it’s a Grammy.”

  33. I always assumed the song “Boom Boom Pow” was about will.i.am heroically boom-boom-pow’ing Perez Hilton’s face with his fist.

  34. Two things: 1. The President of the Academy (or whatever) is still a tone-deaf multi-millionaire. 2. Taylor Swift was totally flat during her performances, and I’ve never felt that music was more like “noise” (insert butterscotch hard candy here) than in The Black Eyed Peas’ and Jamie Fox’s performances. We’re using auto-tune exactly wrong!

  35. I know this means I was probably paying too much attention, but … did anyone else notice Dave Matthews tardo dance in the middle of his song? It was basically the dance equivalent of Brendan Fraser’s clapping.

  36. tl;dw

    (too lame; didn’t watch)

  37. That 3D MJ tribute was epically bad. “Put on your 3D glasses!” LOL. No one intended to watch the Grammys. You flip them on by accident and think “Oh yeah, the Grammys are tonight.”

  38. Every year, my mother and I watch the Grammy’s together. Last time I visited her, I signed into videogum on her computer and low & behold she seemed to have found her way to it through her history. Every time Will. I. Am showed up she would tell me that my boyfriend was the worst.

  39. I could not read Lady Gaga’s sharpie face.

  40. Black Eye Peas at the Grammys?! So being a label whore sell out group. Flooded into the ears of the masses everywhere apparently makes you Grammy worthy… So there’s a lesson for the kids out there. Become as pliable as possible. Give in. Give up. Sell out.


  41. HOLY SHIT, 3D!!! A generation shits the bed with glee.

  42. Somebody needs to post that photo of Quentin Tarantino over on http://menwholooklikeoldlesbians.blogspot.com/

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