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Monday, February 24, 2003
The Grammy Awards

From hip-hop to doo-wop, it was music's hottest night and everybody was fashionably on time. Even before they struck Grammy gold, Nelly and Sheryl Crow scored red carpet raves for dropping their casual looks and going all out glam.

Nelly said, "We decided to look a little different in case we get called up to the podium."

Crow added, "I decided I wouldn't wear one of my anti-war t-shirts."

Avril Lavigne made the scene in a top hat and tails, but the funkiest cat in the hat was Bootsy Collins. Bootsy led a swarm of killer B's buzzing the red carpet, along with B.B. King, Tony Bennett, and Busta Rhymes.

Meantime, a couple of music men brought their mini-me's, like P. Diddy and his son, Justin. And it was a father and child reunion as Art Garfunkel proudly introduced his little look-alike.

From the red carpet to the main event, the big winners didn't miss a beat as they went straight from the stage to our one-on-one room.

Norah was on fire, Eminem seized the moment, and Nelly turned up the heat and "Extra" didn't miss a beat of the Grammy action.

"Extra" caught-up with the winners backstage. The big story of the night was Best New Artist Norah Jones coming away with five Grammys, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. She told "Extra," "The past year has been a big shock."

But nothing shocked the sultry jazz singer more than praise from some of music's biggest stars. Faith Hill said, "I got to play behind a woman whose record I listen to every single day."

Tony Bennett added, "She's going to be around a long time."

Jones was handling it all well, until she saw one of her idols. She said, "It was coo until I saw Aretha Franklin in the front row, then I got extra nervous... She probably doesn't care, but I was really nervous."

From 'NSync's acapella tribute to the Bee Gees to the show stopping reunion of Simon and Garfunkel, it was like a flashback to a different era where acoustics and soulful sounds reigned.

There was No Doubt's eye-popping performance, no doubt the highlight of the night for the Grammy-winning band. Lead singer Gwen Stefani said, "It's like the biggest thing for us cause that's what we love to do."

Grammy pulled out all the stops for its return to New York, including a tribute to the late Maurice Gibb and an emotional number from Bruce Springsteen.

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