ROBERT PLANT/ALISON KRAUSS: Killin’ The Blues

raising-sand_robert-plant.thumbnail.jpgPREVIOUSLY ON PHAWKER: Officially OUR FAVORITE SONG OF 2007. Written by Rowland Salley, this version from Raising Sand just fucking slays us every time. And speaking as former teenage Zepheads, it does our heart good to hear Robert Plant doing something we can both be proud of at our advanced age. Seriously, this is as timelessly classic as anything Led Zepellin ever did. And Alison Krauss is a force of nature. Mark Ribot’s guitar sounds like underwater moonlight piercing the spectral murk of T-Bone Burnett’s elegantly antiqued production. Like butter, it is. Because there was no official video for this song, we went ahead and made our own — sort of a homage, if you will, to the video for R.E.M.’s “Seven Chinese Brothers.” Special thanks to the dudes who shot this footage on the way to Alberta, and to The Wookified Crue for tweaking, editing, and synching to the music.

grammy.thumbnail.jpgASSOCIATED PRESS: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ unorthodox musical partnership yielded rich rewards on Grammy night, as the pair won a leading four Grammys, including Album of The Year for Raising Sand and Record of The Year for the haunting “Please Read The Letter.”

THE ENVELOPE: Well, the Grammy Awards played out mostly as expected, with one twist. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss bagged the Grammy for best album of the year (“Raising Sand”) on cue, but — surprise — also best record (“Please Read the Letter”), a category widely forecast to go to Coldplay, which won best song for “Viva La Vida.” Plant/Krauss weren’t nominated in that Grammy race, but probably would’ve snagged that if they’d made the list. Plant and Krauss were a Grammy juggernaut that couldn’t be stopped, going undefeated with their three additional nominations: pop collaboration with vocals, country collaboration and best contemporary folk/Americana album. Adding five new Grammys to her previous tally, Alison Krauss now has 26, which is one less than Quincy Jones and five shy of the all-time record held by Sir Georg Solti (31), former conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. MORE

radioheadspin.thumbnail.jpgWASHINGTON POST: Even Radiohead, which has always shied away from the Grammys, showed up. The group, one of the most beloved in contemporary rock, performed a show-stopping version of “15 Step” with the University of Southern California marching band. Radiohead made headlines in 2007 by releasing its arty album, “In Rainbows,” exclusively online, with a name-your-own-price scheme. Last night the recording was up for album of the year; its inclusion in the highest profile of Grammy categories served as a reminder that the industry’s business model is badly broken, with album sales continuing their downward spiral. They were off by 14 percent last year, according to Nielsen Soundscan, and have fallen by 45 percent since 2000. MORE

kanyechrist.thumbnail.jpgRELATED: KANYE EGO MOMENT OF THE NIGHT — West showed some sour grapes at not being recognized for being the greatest gift the music world has ever seen. The brash hip-hop star and singer Estelle presented the award for Best New Artist, and West couldn’t resist slamming Grammy for bestowing the honor to past winners John Legend and Amy Winehouse “but somehow, not to either one of us.” MORE

ANN POWERS: It almost seemed that the artists had a hand in selecting their collaborators — also highly unusual for an awards show. Memphis boy Justin Timberlake had fun with his hometown hero, Al Green, as did New Orleansian Weezy with his, Allen Toussaint. Guitar geeks John Mayer and Keith Urban sat and traded licks with B.B. King, paying tribute to the late Bo Diddley. New Grammy favorites Sugarland and Adele subtly supported rihanna_1.jpgeach other on the English chanteuse’s hit, “Chasing Pavements.” And Katy Perry (who seemed to be lip-synching and off-tune) found her match — a giant banana. MORE

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Los Angeles police say Chris Brown has turned himself in to authorities investigating an alleged felony battery involving the R&B singer. Los Angeles police officer Karen Smith says Brown walked into a station around 7 p.m. and was being interviewed by detectives. Smith said he was not in custody. Police say the 19-year-old singer and a woman were in a vehicle in the Hancock Park neighborhood early Sunday when they began arguing, and the argument escalated when they got out of the car. Police say the woman identified Brown as her attacker, but he was gone by the time officers arrived. Both Brown and his girlfriend, fellow singer Rihanna [pictured, right], were no-shows for Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. Both were nominated and scheduled to perform. MORE

BALTIMORE SUN TIMES: Rihanna, the Bahamian pop superstar, was scheduled to perform but bowed out at the last minute. The Los Angeles Times reported that she had allegedly been assaulted by her boyfriend, urban-pop star Chris Brown, early yesterday morning.  MORE

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Brown and 20-year-old Rihanna, who was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, had been together Saturday night in Beverly Hills at the pre-Grammy gala [pictured, left], hosted by the Grammy-sponsoring rihannachris_1.jpgRecording Academy and veteran music executive Clive Davis. After the gala, Brown and a woman drove through the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in a rented Lamborghini and started arguing, police said. Brown stopped the car on North June Street, the two got out and the argument escalated, according to police. The victim, who was later identified by sources familiar with the case as Rihanna, suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker, according to the police report. Authorities did not describe her injuries or whether she was treated for them. A witness called 911, but police said Brown was gone by the time officers arrived at the scene. Police routinely book domestic disputes in which one party exhibits any sign of physical injury as felonies, a police source said. MORE

AL GREEN/JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Let’s Stay Together

RELATED: The two stars’ absence from the Grammy ceremony sparked a dramatic last-minute change in the production, for which veteran soul singer Al Green came to the rescue. “I was in the shower and didn’t have anything on, and they said, ‘Whatever you have, throw it in the bag and come on,’ ” Green said backstage about getting the call to perform. He said he was not given an explanation of the last-minute invite. “We had two hours and 40 minutes to rehearse, come back onstage and change and then go out and do it.” MORE

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