They Came, They Won, They Sat
Down with 'Extra'
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.