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Monday Diversion: Grammy Round-Up

By Marcus Gilmer in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 9, 2009 5:40PM

Bitching and moaning about how terrible the Grammys are is just as tired as the awards show itself, so we'll do our best to avoid it. This year's show had its share of highs (the Radiohead/USC Marching band collab, the chance of MIA giving birth on stage and forcing Lil Wayne to deliver the baby) and lows (Queen Latifah calling the group of Kanye, Jay-Z, TI, and Lil Wayne "The Rap Pack") but we still had a reason to watch as some Chicago-based artists were up for some awards.

Two of the night's most emotional moments revolved around singer Jennifer Hudson. After singing at the Super Bowl, her first public performance since the murders of her mother, brother, and nephew, Hudson performed, "You Pulled Me Through" at last night's show and pulled down the award for "Best R&B Album." During her acceptance speech, Hudson thanked, "my family in Heaven and those who are here today."

Another Chicagoan who pulled in a little Grammy gold was the embatteld Kanye West. His performance with Estelle, "American Boy," won for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, though the song lost out on "Best Song" for producer Keith Harris.

Chicago-based producer John Karkazis, who has a studio in Pilsen, lost out on Producer of the Year (for work with Plain White Ts, Staind, Three Doors Down, and Black Tide) to the legendary Rick Rubin.
After the jump, more videos of some of our favorite Grammy moments.
Kanye, Jay-Z, TI, and Lil Wayne feat. MIA

Radiohead and The USC Marching Band