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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Grammy Awards: Bieber was a punchline, Jay Z won a 'sippy cup'

AP  Los Angeles, January 27, 2014
First Published: 11:53 IST(27/1/2014) | Last Updated: 12:10 IST(27/1/2014)

There was a lot more happening at Sunday's 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles than what you saw on-screen. Find out what made Keith Urban tear up and how Pharrell Williams read the minds of Daft Punk's masked men'.

Queen Latifah turned Queen Commish for the night

The weddings of 33 couples during the Grammy Awards were legally presided over by Queen Latifah. The rapper-actress-talk show host had to be sworn in as a commissioner by the state of California to perform the ceremony.

"You can call me Queen Commish for a little longer," she joked backstage Sunday night.

Latifah said she's not an ordained minister and her special powers expired at midnight.

"It was something I took very seriously," she said. "That is someone's life commitment to one another, you want to make sure you do it right. That's what sunk in for me."

The marriages took place in the aisle of the Staples Center during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' performance of the gay rights anthem, Same Love.

Bieber's a punchline

Kathy Griffin didn't waste any time taking it bawdy after winning her first comedy album Grammy Award on her sixth nomination Sunday.

She thanked the recently arrested Justin Bieber, joking, "I want to thank Justin Bieber for giving me his relax juice," then made a reference to Bieber's private parts.

"I've never made my 93-year-old alcoholic mother more proud," she added.

Rocked out by the end

By the time Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Lindsey Buckingham hit the stage to close out the Grammys show, many celebs in attendance had already headed for the limo line-up outside, including Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

But there were a couple of holdouts: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. The Beatles stuck around until - as they once sang - The End.

Keith on his feet

Every time country crooner Keith Urban couldn't see a Grammy performance from his front row seat, he stood up and took a gander.

Urban was on his feet for several performers, including Lorde, Sara Bareilles and Carole King. He was also one of the very first celebs on his feet for Same Love and was in tears by the end, as was Katy Perry.

The women in Jay Z's life

The women in Jay-Z's life got some extra attention at the Grammy Awards.

The rapper performed Drunk in Love with wife Beyonce before winning best rap/sung collaboration for Holy Grail, featuring Justin Timberlake.

Jay and Bey held hands during their performance and snuggled up in their seats as presenter Jamie Foxx talked about Beyonce, jokingly apologising for staring at her backstage and noting at one point, "All the pregnant women are like, man, what do I need to do to get a body like that."

Jay-Z also gave a shout-out to daughter Blue Ivy from the stage as he turned his Grammy on its side, cone up: "I want to tell Blue that look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you."

Quick quote: Lorde

"Thank you everyone who has let this song explode, because it's been mental." - Lorde in her acceptance speech after winning the Grammy Award for song of the year for her hit Royals.

Osbourne admits he messed up Ringo intro

Ozzy Osbourne had a very simple explanation for his flub on stage, when he appeared to lose his place while reading the teleprompter introducing Ringo Starr. The incident caused Osbourne's Black Sabbath bandmates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi to crack up.

"I completely (expletive) it up," he told reporters backstage as the group talked about their best metal performance win for God is Dead?

Stars clink drinks in plastic cups

Katy Perry noticed Robin Thicke sitting in front of her and reached out to toast the Blurred Lines singer during Ringo Starr's performance.

Both pop stars were drinking out of plastic cups - though the cups weren't quite as glamorous as the new 'sippy cup' Jay-Z joked that he acquired for his daughter Blue as he accepted the Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration for Holy Grail. No alcohol was sold inside the Staples Center lobby before the show.

Paul McCartney: who are these guys?

The day Paul McCartney stole away with Dave Grohl to write and record a new song, there were two other guys in the studio that the former Beatle didn't recognise. Joining Grohl and McCartney in creating Cut Me Some Slack were Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.

"It was magic for me playing with these guys," McCartney said backstage Sunday after they won a Grammy for best rock song. "Tell you the truth, I didn't know who they were. I found myself in the middle of a Nirvana reunion."

Pharrell Williams' hat

Pharrell Williams' hat is the fashion star of the night at the Grammy Awards - on Twitter.

The puffy brown Canadian Mountie-style fedora - or should that be phedora - with a big brim was one of the night's boldest fashion statements.

Williams' choice of a tight red track jacket only added to the unconventional look amid tuxedos and evening gowns worn by other attendees. Like Prince's cane, Pharrell's hat had its own Twitter handle within minutes of Williams' first appearance on the broadcast, and companies like Gain and Arby's were trying to horn in on the attention.
Williams won producer of the year Sunday, his fourth Grammy.

Pharrell speaks for the maked men of Daft Punk

Pharrell showed Grammy viewers just how the mask-wearing guys of Daft Punk would handle an acceptance speech.
Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, who do not speak in public or reveal their faces, deferred to Pharrell with a bow of their robotic heads after the electronic pioneers won best pop duo/group performance for Get Lucky.

Producer of the year winner Pharrell began his speech by saying, "On behalf of the robots ... " and noted, "Of course they want to thank their families."

 

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