Between a late-night dinner with a friend and finally watching Thursday’s taped episode of Lost, I caught about five minutes of last night’s Grammy Awards show (the five minutes of Brad Paisley singing "I’d like to check you for ticks …" — a strangely compelling song). But I was pleased this morning to see that the Grammys celebrated their 50th anniversary by going green for the first time.

By partnering with the NRDC and others, the Recording Academy was able to:

  • Do a comprehensive energy audit and prepare an energy efficiency plan;
  • Use renewable energy to power the STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center;
  • Offset carbon emissions from the pre-telecast and arrivals (not sure if this includes all of the limo traffic);
  • Use "ecologically superior paper" for event materials;
  • Provide flex-fuel and hybrid vehicles for presenters and staff;
  • Recycle event waste; and
  • Provide organic and "environmentally friendly" food (does this mean local?)

Additionally (and probably without realizing it), the awards show also "greened" one of its performances — that of multiple-award winner Amy Winehouse, who sang via satellite from London. (Hey, visa veto aside — that’s one less plane ride.) Below, a video of her performance:

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