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48th Grammy® Awards Coverage

Welcome to DigitalHit.com's live coverage of the 48th Annual Grammy Awards.

8:01 PM ET

The night starts with the computer-animated Gorillaz, joined soon by Madonna. Man, her legs look great tonight.

8:09 PM ET

Alicia Keyes and Stevie Wonder are out on the stage. Stevie lifts his glasses and says that Alicia looks great. They also pay tribute to New Orleans and then do an a cappella version of Higher Ground in honor of Coretta Scott King. They're also their to award Female Vocal Performance. And the Grammy goes to Kelly Clarkson for "Since U Been Gone". She seems completely overwhelmed by the win.

8:15 PM ET

Coldplay performs.

8:24 PM ET

John Legend talks about his song, "Ordinary People", then performs.

8:29 PM ET

New Artist nominees Sugarland perform. They're having problems with the lead singers mic and you can hear the production people talking.

8:31 PM ET

She's joined by Big and Rich who are here to pay tribute to Merle Haggard, a lifetime achievement recipient. They also present Best Country Album. And the Grammy goes to Alison Kraus and Union Station for "Lonely Runs Both Ways".

8:39 PM ET

U2 performs "Vertigo". They're then joined by Mary J. Blige to perform "One".

8:46 PM ET

Matt Dillon and Ludacris walk out. They pay tribute to Lifetime Achievement recipient David Bowie and then present Best Rap Album. And the Grammy goes to Kanye West for "Late Registration". He says he had no idea, but then pulls out a piece of paper with "Thank You List" written on the back. His prop joke falls flat.

8:55 PM ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger introduces a performance by Kelly Clarkson.

9:00 PM ET

Billie Joe Armstrong and Gwen Stefani are out now to present Best Rock Album, a category Billie's band, Green Day, won last year. And the Grammy goes to U2 for "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb". The Edge thanks the people who have afforded them the ability to keep making their music.

9:08 PM ET

Ellen DeGeneres says "our next performer needs no introduction" and then walks off the stage. She's right: it's Paul McCartney. He performs a track off his new album and then rocks out with "Helter Skelter".

9:17 PM ET

The Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Love Hewitt pay tribute to Island Record's Chris Blackwell. They then present the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. And the Grammy goes to John Legend for "Ordinary People".

9:26 PM ET

Multi-nominee Mariah Carey, the comeback queen, performs now.

9:32 PM ET

Teri Hatcher and Michael Bublé are the next presenters. Teri, when you hit a certain age, layoff with the teengage girl dark eye makeup. The duo are presenting Best Pop Vocal Album. And the Grammy goes to Kelly Clarkson for Breakaway.

9:40 PM ET

Jenna Elfman pays tribute to Trustee Award recipient country music producer Owen Bradley and then introduces a performance by Keith Urban. He then performs with Faith Hill.

9:47 PM ET

Chris Brown and Carlos Santana pay tribute to President's Merit award winner, former chairman of Warner-Reprise Records Mo Ostin. They then present Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. And the Grammy goes to Jay-Z and Linkin Park for "Numb/Encore".

9:56 PM ET

Dave Chappelle introduces the Sly Stone tribute featuring Joss Stone, John Legend and Van Hunt. While Idol's Randy Jackson plays the bass, they're joined by Fantasia and Devon, Maroon 5 and Ciara, Will.i.am, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. Finally Sly Stone joins them, but he sort of wanders off and the jam loses some steam.

10:14 PM ET

LL Cool J pays tribute to Robert Johnson and then introduces a performance by Jay-Z and Linkin Park.

10:24 PM ET

Tom Hanks pays tribute to The Weavers and their Lifetime Achievement Award. He then introduces a performance by Bruce Springsteen.

10:30 PM ET

Destiny's Child are together again tonight to present Song of the Year. And the Grammy goes to u2 for "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own". Bono says, "If you think this will go to our heads, it's too late." He then pays tribute to his father.

10:39 PM ET

"It's halftime at the Grammys...KW State vs. JFU," says the announcer as Kanye West and Jamie Foxx perform "Gold Digger".

10:45 PM ET

Sheryl Crow and Sting pay tribute to Cream and their Lifetime Achievement Award and then present Record of the Year. And the Grammy goes to Green Day for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Billie Joe stated that "pop radio playing a rock album is a very big thing."

10:53 PM ET

Terrence Howard pays tribute to opera singer Jessye Norman and then introduces a performance by Herbie Hancock and Christina Aguilera.

11:05 PM ET

Fiona Apple, Chuck D. and Common have the task of presenting Best New Artist. And the Grammy goes to John Legend.

11:10 PM ET

After the "In Memoriam" segment, Queen Latifah pays tribute to Richard Pryor, a Lifetime Achievement recipient.

11:17 PM ET

Before presenting the last award, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor point out the win of producer Steve Lillywhite and the Trustee Award for producer/engineer Al Schmitt. Finally, they present the nominees for Album of the Year. And the Grammy goes to U2. Bono goes over and hugs fellow nominee (and U2 opening act) Kanye West. He says that U2 has lost the award twice before, so he knows how Kanye feels but knows he'll get it soon.

11:20 PM ET

The Grammy President Neil Portnow, talks about MusicCares efforts in the Gulf region. He also asks that people head to New Orleans for their jazz festival to show their support.

11:24 PM ET

To pay tribute to New Orleans, Bonnie Raitt, The Edge, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas and Dr. John perform. They're then joined by Bruce Springsteen and Sam Moore.

And the winners are:

Record Of The Year

Album Of The Year

Song Of The Year

Best New Artist

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

Best Pop Instrumental Album

Best Pop Vocal Album

Best Dance Recording

Best Electronic/Dance Album

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Best Hard Rock Performance

Best Metal Performance

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Best Rock Song

Best Rock Album

Best Alternative Music Album

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

Best R&B Song

Best R&B Album

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Best Rap Solo Performance

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Best Rap Song

Best Rap Album

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

Best Country Instrumental Performance

Best Country Song

Best Country Album

Best Bluegrass Album

Best New Age Album

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Latin Jazz Album

Best Gospel Performance

Best Gospel Song

Best Rock Gospel Album

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album

Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album

Best Latin Pop Album

Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album

Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album

Best Salsa/Merengue Album

Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album

Best Tejano Album

Best Traditional Blues Album

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Best Traditional Folk Album

Best Contemporary Folk Album

Best Native American Music Album

Best Hawaiian Music Album

Best Reggae Album

Best Traditional World Music Album

Best Contemporary World Music Album

Best Polka Album

Best Musical Album For Children

Best Spoken Word Album For Children

Best Spoken Word Album

Best Comedy Album

Best Musical Show Album

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Best Instrumental Composition

Best Instrumental Arrangement

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Best Recording Package

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Best Album Notes

Best Historical Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Best Surround Sound Album

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Best Classical Album

Best Orchestral Performance

Best Opera Recording

Best Choral Performance

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)

Best Chamber Music Performance

Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor)

Best Classical Vocal Performance

Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Best Classical Crossover Album

Best Short Form Music Video

Best Long Form Music Video