Evanescence, bare breasts & Beatles create a buzz
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Evanescence, bare breasts & Beatles create a buzz

It may have been more subdued in front of the cameras this year, but uncombed long hair, sneakers, piercings, facial hair, and skimpy clothing were in abundance.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2004 17:19 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

It may have been more subdued in front of the cameras this year, but uncombed long hair, sneakers, piercings, facial hair, and skimpy clothing were in abundance on the green carpet outside Sunday's Grammy show.

Latin singer Paulina Rubio twirled in one of the night's most daring, super-short dresses. The deep V-neck black number featured purple, green and orange spangles on the front. The back plunged as low as her rear end. From the side, her breasts were partially exposed.

"I'm a good girl," she said, laughing.

Comedian Margaret Cho, meanwhile, was a vision in peacock feathers that were strategically placed on a long dress of black netting.

The feathers weren't strategic enough, however, to keep from exposing Cho in the same way that got Janet Jackson in so much hot water.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Cho was one of Jackson's most ardent defenders.

"I think she should be exonerated," she said.

Warning to the Grammy folks: Keep your finger on that delay button if Brad Paisley approaches the microphone next year. The country singer mocked the show's five-minute broadcast delay that was implemented this year after the public outrage generated by Janet Jackson's breast exposure last week at the Super Bowl. "I have such a foul mouth that it's probably best," Paisley said. "Whatever you do, just make sure it lasts more than five minutes, if you're going to be bad."

Evanescence means "something that disappears." It's a fitting name for a band that won best new artist and hard rock performance at Sunday's Grammys, months after co-founders Amy Lee and Ben Moody parted ways.

Their first reunion since breaking up in the middle of Evanescence's European tour was onstage Sunday _ and it wasn't a happy one.

"We didn't really say anything," Lee, the group's lead singer, told reporters backstage. "We just said congratulations. It was kind of strange."

Moody, sporting long hair, a goatee and silver cane with a skull's head, said he had grown increasingly unhappy being a part of Evanescence, which he created with Lee when they were at a summer camp together.

"Amy and I spent eight years together, and spent that time at a very early age. By the time we became 22 and 23 we were just entirely different people," the group's former lead guitarist said. "One day I just heard a voice that said you got to leave."

It's obvious to John Lennon's son Sean why the Grammys are still honoring his father's group, the Beatles, 40 years after the band made its landmark U.S. debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." "I think it's probably going to be immortal, like Stravinsky's work or Da Vinci's work," he said of the Beatles' songs. "It makes me really proud."

The widows of Lennon and George Harrison joined in an on-camera tribute to the group, which received the President's Award from the Recording Academy at Sunday's Grammys. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr said thanks in taped remarks. Both Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison said their husbands downplayed the impact of the group's February 1964 performance. "What sustains our feeling for them?" Olivia Harrison asked. "I think it's because they and their music only ever uplifted and enlightened, and that in the end the love you take really is equal to the love you make. It certainly has been a privilege in my life to know them."

When he wasn't accepting Grammy Awards, Justin Timberlake was apologizing for his role in Janet Jackson's breast-baring Super Bowl halftime performance.

Timberlake, who apologized Sunday night as he accepted the Grammy for best pop male vocal performance, had earlier apologized to 'N Sync bandmate JC Chasez.

"He called me the other day and he just said, `Man, I'm sorry. I never in a million years thought that something I did onstage would ever have affected you,"' Chasez said before the Grammy Awards show.

After Timberlake tore off a piece of Jackson's top, exposing her right breast during the Super Bowl halftime show, the National Football League cut a halftime production number by Chasez planned for Sunday's Pro Bowl in Honolulu because Chasez's song contained the words "horny" and "naughty."

"I don't think that it's his fault that I'm not performing," Chasez said. "I think it's just some people overreacting a bit."

These days classical musicians can tell you how hip-hop artists used to feel at the Grammys.

There was no Grammy category for rap until 1989. There were classical music awards at this year's Grammys, but not one was presented during the show's televised broadcast.

"I would like to see classical music have a little bit more of a presence at things like this," said violinist Joshua Bell, who presented an award.

"The music doesn't have to be hipified or changed," he said. "The music is great and accessible to everybody."

Last but not least, the award for the shortest acceptance speech by a Grammy winner goes to ...

OutKast's Andre 3000 who, in accepting the award Sunday for best rap album, stepped to the microphone and said, "Thank you," then hustled back to his seat in the audience.

First Published: Feb 09, 2004 17:19 IST