In years past I would "tivo" the show and fast forward through everything except a few select performances or presenters. This year I found myself watching more of the performances themselves and skipping most of the awards presentations and speeches. I thought it was cool to see Elton John and Lady Gaga together, Pink's acrobatic's were cool, and Jamie Foxx was awesome with Slash. It was really about "the show" this year.

My one disappointment was the Michael Jackson tribute. The 3-D film fell flat (although it was a cool idea) and the performers singing Earth Song, while all good in their own right, didn't gel into a "MJ" experience. It was nice/sad, however, to see (and hear) MJ's kids, Prince and Paris, accept an award for their dad.