They Came, They Won, They Sat Down with 'Extra'
February 14, 2005

The Black Eyes Peas opened the Grammy Awards Sunday Night in Los Angeles, mixing it up with Maroon5, Gwen Stefani, Eve, Los Lonely Boys and Franz Ferdinand for a 10-minute spectacular open to the show.

But Black Eyed Peas singer, Fergie, admitted it wasn't as easy as they made it look. "I was nervous as all hell. I mean all eyes are on you."

Backstage, in our "Extra" lounge, all eyes were on the lovely four-time winner Alicia Keys, who told our special correspondent Brian McKnight, "It was a very touching evening for me. It was emotional all the way around."

The late Ray Charles emerged as the night's top winner, earning eight awards and the tributes and thanks from many of the night's other winners. And perhaps one the most emotional moments of the night came when Alicia and Jamie Foxx paid tribute to the great star.

Kanye West also got emotional about his win, mentioning an accident that nearly took his life a few years back. While accepting his first award, West said, "I plan to celebrate and pop champagne and celebrate because I'm at the Grammys, baby!"

Kanye's only upset was losing the Best New Artist Grammy to Maroon5. "I didn't really believe it," Adam Levine of Maroon5 told McKnight of the win. "I still don't really believe it. I need a couple of drinks to relax myself."

Jennifer Lopez took the stage with her husband Marc Anthony, marking their first public performance together since tying the knot. "Jennifer has that side to her that nobody knows," Anthony admitted. "We're in the middle of recording this album right now, and I think everyone's really going to see what it is she has to offer as an artist."

Also taking the Grammy stage was our very own Mark McGrath, who presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Led Zeppelin.

Meanwhile, U2's Bono admitted he was blown away by the show, thanks in part to the Godfather of Soul getting down with Usher onstage. "The only thing I'd like to see is me performing up here with my band," Brown revealed.

So from the big winners to the big performances, it was certainly a golden Grammy night to remember.


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