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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Grammy Awards open thread ... Rush loses again

Sun, Feb 13, 2011@4:11PM | comments

UPDATE - 2/14@8:00AM: Here's the video (thanks RushFanForever):

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UPDATE - 2/13@4:20PM: ... and Rush loses again. :( Instead of announcing this category towards the end as they usually do, it ended up being the 2nd award announced. The Rush documentary ended up losing to The Doors documentary.

The 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony takes place today in Los Angeles and the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is nominated in the Best Long Form Music Video category. The winner in this category will be announced during the pre-telecast ceremony today at the Los Angeles Convention Center which just began about 10 minutes ago and will run through 3:15PM PST (6:15PM EST) . The pre-telecast is being streamed live at Grammy.com and the winner in the Long Form Music Video category is traditionally one of the last to be announced. Rush has been nominated 6 times in the past in the Rock Instrumental category, losing each time. This is their first nomination in the Long Form Music Video category. In a Winnipeg Free Press article Thursday it was confirmed that none of the members of the band will appear at the ceremony although filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen are in attendance. From the article:

... We tried to bring the band and (drummer) Neil (Peart) said the last time he came to the Grammys he's only been once it was the worst day of his life," McFadyen said during a party at the Canadian consul general's residence on Thursday. "So he said he's never coming again."...

..."We're proud to be category 109 of 109 categories," Dunn joked.

The directors of "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and "Iron Maiden: Flight 666" were dressed casually for the swanky soiree, pairing sport coats with T-shirts and sneakers on a balmy L.A. evening. They acknowledged that they stood out a bit.

"This event's a little more formal than what we're used to dealing with," Dunn said.

Added McFadyen: "The invite said 'business attire,' and we were like: 'Should we just wear our sweat pants like what we wear to work?'"

The duo will square off against some other highly regarded films at the Grammys, including movies about the White Stripes, Blur and the Doors, so they weren't necessarily optimistic about their chances of winning.

"We're not holding our breath," McFadyen said.

But they can't deny the allure of helping Rush secure its first Grammy.

"If we could bring it home for those guys, that would be amazing," Dunn said. "It would be amazing for us and I think for the band as well."

Let's all keep our fingers crossed!

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