Sunday, February 10, 2008

Kanye WEST & Barack Obama Win early Grammys

I told you I would blog from Los angeles so here is what up that has happened so far! The grammys start in 1 hour , but the untelevised portion startred 3 hours ago.

The 50th anniversary Grammy Awards actually started in the middle of the day today (Feb. 10), with 100 awards handed out in the pre-telecast portion of the event.

Kanye West, who leads the field with eight nominations, took home three during the pre-telecast, including best rap solo performance for "Stronger," best rap performance for "Southside," by Common featuring West and best rap/sung collaboration for "Good Life" by West and featuring T-Pain.

"People watching at home may think that music's biggest night is a couple of hours away, but we in this room know music's biggest night starts now," said Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "It's through your efforts that our often troubled world is treated to the healing sounds and the power of music."

There was a tie for best gospel performance between the Clark Sisters for "Blessed & Highly Favored" and Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige for "Never Gonna Break My Faith," a track that featured the Harlem Boys Choir. Franklin and Blige's track appeared in the movie "Bobby," and represents Franklin's 18th Grammy win.

The audience whooped it up when Barack Obama won his second Grammy for best spoken world album for "The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream." One of his fellow nominees? Former President Bill Clinton, for "Giving: How Each of Us Can Change The World."