Grammys backstage report: Which star 'thought I was going to fall on my nude butt'?

EW.com had its eyes and ears open backstage and on the red carpet of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards Sunday in L.A. (Check out our full list of 2010 Grammy winners.) While everyone buzzed about Lady Gaga, it was ultimately country and Taylor Swift that took the night. (John Legend even sorta predicted it to us.) Come along.

•    Taylor Swift, carrying her four Grammys in her arms, says she has some big choices to make. “All four of them?” Swift said when asked where she will put her Grammys, including Album of the Year. “I imagine I have four options.”

•    AC/DC won their first ever Grammy in Best Hard Rock, but couldn’t beat the mighty (but comparatively neophyte) Green Day in Best Rock. Asked if he had mixed feelings about beating AC/DC, Billie Joe Armstrong said in the press room, “I love AC/DC. If it wasn’t for Angus I wouldn’t be playing guitar. But no, I don’t feel bad.”

•    Kathy Griffin took to Twitter after the show to say Stephen Colbert “stole my motherf—ing Grammy” for Spoken Word Album, and was visibly dismayed when she didn’t win. Griffin said on the carpet before the show she was surprised to be nominated: “I can’t believe it, I am stunned, like a dog that has been punched in the face.”  Griffin’s upcoming sixth season of My Life on the D List will feature Liza Minnelli, Cher, and Kristen Chenoweth, she says. The paparazzi-friendly comedian greeted a gaggle of tabloid reporters on the red carpet with open arms. “These are my peeps!” Griffin exclaimed.

•    John Legend, who presented Album of the Year to Taylor Swift, said before the show that 2010 was all about ladies: “I think it’s a close tie between the three ladies: Beyonce, Gaga, and Taylor Swift. Usually they say pick the older acts, but there is no one older act in the Album of the Year this year. Maybe it’s good to bet on country.” The R&B hitmaker has his fourth album coming this summer, with the Roots. “I’m still going to be the same John Legend,” he says.

•    Best New Artist nominee the Ting Tings are knee-deep into their new album thanks to cold German winters. “We’re in Berlin recording our new record, about seven tracks in,” Jules DeMartino says. “It’s pretty there. It’s minus 20 degrees in Berlin, so we don’t go out much. We sit there and write.”

•    T-Pain joked with a reporter in the press room wearing a red stocking cap that he looked like Jason Mewes. “Where is Silent Bob?” T-Pain said, to muted laughter. In fact, T-Pain was all about surprises: he divulged that Slash ignored him, and that he was dying to work with Carrie Underwood. “The next on my list, and I will not work with anybody until I do get her, is Carrie Underwood,” T-Pain said. “I swear to God, everybody else can suck it until I get to Carrie Underwood.”

•    Pink, who performed onstage in a trapeze-like contraption of silk scarves (she is an old acrobatic pro), said she almost fell. “I thought I was going to fall on my nude butt, but I worked it out,” Pink said after the show, adding of her talent: “People are like, ‘Why is she here?’ I am like, This is why, bitches.”

•    Miley Cyrus tells EW to expect one more kid-friendly pop record from her later this year – and then it will be a different Miley. “That’s for my next record,” Cyrus said on the red carpet. “I have to do one more record that is poppy and fun, then I want to take a couple years and work on this next one. That will be kind of exactly who I am. I just don’t know exaclty who that is yet, so I am going to wait until I know.”

•    Don’t look for Keith Urban to duet with wife Nicole Kidman. “We tend to stick to the viral YouTubes of the world,” Urban says of singing with Kidman. “I love singing with her around the house. I don’t think we are going to put the show on the road anytime soon.”

•    Miranda Lambert, nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Dead Flowers,” said of the nomination: “It’s a song that I felt like for a minute for a minute it didn’t get the shot it deserved, but the Grammys thought it did. So that made me feel really good.”

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

More from EW.com’s Music Mix:
Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year: Did the Grammys get it right?
Lady Gaga and Elton John: What did you think?
Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks’ Grammy duet: out of sight, or out of tune?
Grammys pay tribute to Michael Jackson with help from his kids: A fitting salute?
Grammys: the complete list of winners

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  • Bruce E

    How does Nicholas White begin with Taylor Swift took the night and end his piece without mentioning the historic achievement of Beyonce’s winning 6 Grammy awards. This is the type of reporting that is just unbalanced and inequitable.

  • darclyte

    The Grammy’s often played music that wasn’t connected to a performer when they came on stage, which was different, and I’m pretty sure that they played Allison Iraheta’s “Friday I’ll be over you” when Miley came onto the stage.

    • Kristen

      No, they definitely played Miley’s “Fly On The Wall” when she came onstage.

      • Allie

        yes it was “fly on the wall”. although the two songs sound similar i have to agree with that.

    • Tayolr SWIFTER pickerup

      Katy Perry is playing in the Robert Blake Story, particulalry the Blake in Lynch’s mind bender Lost Highway. According to te catering, She is going to be FABULOUS !!!

  • tickles

    I always hate to be mean to children but Taylor Swift sounded horrible. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised I know sound engineers can work magic…look what they accomplished with Britney Spears. On the plus side she looked very pretty and age appropriate. Also, Jennifer Hudson can SING!

    • Truth

      Hudson is the most overrated performer out there. No originality whatsoever – what diffrentiates her from every other R&B diva who’s come before? 4 real. And, UGH, what a DOG. WOOF WOOF!!! It makes me dry heave to look at her…

      • Awesome

        This. ;-)

      • MJ

        There are at least five people in my church who can sing just as well as her. Nothing special about JDud. She must give a great B J.

      • Celia

        Um….she has an Oscar and one of the most amazing voices on the face of the planet when she gets to actually use it.

      • kcrozzie

        No need to be mean. That is uncalled for.

      • Lynn

        That is fine to comment on not liking her singing voice (I disagree), but it is just mean to call her a dog. I hope you are not as mean in real life as you like to be portrayed online.

      • LDub

        MJ, u are too funny! I mean, she does have awfully big lips. And she makes Precious look like Halle friggin’ Berry. Yikes!

      • Michelle

        Sigh, some people. The Oscar was all about lucky timing and massive hype (which is what award wins are anyhow). She was playing herself in Dreamgirls – I’ve seen her other movies. The fact is that she can’t act. Stiff as a board. Sorry. Her agent should’ve gotten that Oscar. And the singing does not impress me at all. She’s totally replaceable.

      • Hal

        Uh, Taylor has WAAY more talent than that orc. She makes her own music. And she didn’t even have to go on some stupid reality show to get where she is. She did it all on her own. That’s the way it is, folks! (Oh, and Dreamgirls sucked. Oscar Schmoscar – I can think 4 myself.)

    • Nihilistic

      Jennifer Hudson is a rich, famous person who hates gay people. Think about that.

      • Super Dave

        Taylor is a complete musician and artist who writes her own stuff and plays instruments. And she’s barely 20. She a good, decent soul who deserves everything she’s gotten in the past year. Which is more than I can say for Jennifer “I Bite the Hand That Feeds Me” Hudson. And your right Nihilisic – she’s a homophobe.

      • David

        That is not true. Her sister is a lesbian. She has expressed support of the gay community.

      • annie

        and the troll is wearing the nihilistic dress

      • Lynn

        I think people just like to pick fights on here.

      • Percepticon

        JBlob can sing loudly, so what? And of course NOW she “supports” gays. It’s called spin control. Don’t be naive children.

      • Lynn

        I guess God does love gay people, cuz look at what happened to her family. That’s Karma for ya…

    • Sydney

      I love Taylor Swift but lets be honest, the girl cannot sing!

  • Miles Siderut

    Did nobody the unvelievable shot of Romona doing the pork-belly schuffle to GrrenDay? I shot milk out my nose. Classic!

  • Chichi

    P!nk never gets the respect she deserves and it’s a shame. She was the clear winner last night, every newscast I watched talked of how she stole the evening.

  • Ben

    P!nk rocked it. She’s won two grammys already. Who said they wondered why she’s there?

    • Pank Lemonade

      Blew GAGA out of the water! Ke$ha was great too. “Wake up int th morning feel like JLo” AWESOME! Areosmiths were great too! <3

      • Celia

        I agree. Gaga’s performance with Elton John saved the rest of it. Everything before Elton was terrible.

    • PiratesDaughter

      So true and I’m a gagastan but yup P!nk was amazing and really was the best of the night. Quite liked Beyonce too. Thought Alanis’ interspersed lyrics/song were perfection. Still in Gaga’s defense she has more than “brought it” at every other performance in the last year. I mean come on. No one is topping her performance at SNL for a while.

    • Sydney

      Pink is almost!!! I don’t know who said why is she there but THAT is why she is there. She rocks the house!!!

  • Mary Q. Contrary

    I can’t believe Gaga didn’t win Best New Artist. And I love Kings of Leon, have for years, but they didn’t deserve that award. This year was kind of crazy, no? I’m glad Taylor Swift won Album of the Year. She deserved it. I’m a lover of a lot of different music, but I probably played her album more than anything else last year. It’s probably a tie between her and Andrew Bird, who I was pissed to see did not get nominated for ANYTHING. Ridiculous.

    • mari

      eh, lady gaga wasn’t nominated for best new artist (she was nominated for it last year though). she won 2 grammys this year they just didn’t show it on tv :D

      • steve

        Sorry to burst your bubble but Lady Gaga was not nominated for best new artist last year either. It was Duffy, Jonas Bros, Adele, Lady Antebellum and Jazmine Sullivan.

  • James

    And the award for Biggest Waste of Money for Props goes to….Beyonce! Why have an army of people standing on stage, doing nothing, while you sing a slow song, butcher an old song, and then go back to the boring slow song, all while your combat team stands around doing nothing?! Also: if Michael Jackson spent his time trying to keep his kids out of the public eye, why does his family keep thrusting them into it every single chance they get?! Way to honor his legacy! Finally: Taylor Swift…..really? If she’s going to be winning country awards, then Lady GaGa should also be nominated for country awards- since Bubble Gum Pop is now considered Country, that is.

    • amy

      hear, hear!

    • lency

      I concur!!

  • Sarah

    “People are like, ‘Why is she here?’ I am like, This is why, bitches.”

    LOVE Pink!!! :)

  • Lara

    I like Pink but I did not like her performance. I just thought it was weird as he** and sort of embarrassing.

    • Amy

      Are you mental, Lara? Pink and her girls were a complete standout! I guess you preferred the “flat” Taylor Swift/Stevie Nicks mess.

      • Ken

        Let’s be clear: The problem was not Stevie Nicks – it was Taylor Swift and her flat ‘vocals’ that ruined the performance.

      • Celia

        Yeah, but Taylor’s terrible vocals even made Stevie Nicks sound off. The whole thing was a disaster.

      • Sally in Chicago

        Taylor is “out of her league.” Okay?

      • alm

        I felt bad for Stevie Nicks having to endure the painful voice that is Taylor Swift.

    • talkin’

      poetry in motion embarrasses you?

    • Sally in Chicago

      It’s called performance art.

    • Shannon

      I didn’t think it was weird but I thought she could have done something more original than the same thing she did on the MTV awards.

  • Slade

    For those of you wondering why Lady Gaga wasn’t nominated for Best New Artist, she was nominated last year for Best Dance Recording.

    • Kory

      and lost and was not considered for best new artist that year either. i love the fact that she won two minor awards last night which were not given on camera… and she did not look happy. the sweet/loving veneer is beginning to crack a bit.

  • Alex

    Nicholas, you’re aware Kathy Griffin is just joking right? She’s just being funny.

  • Dzzz

    Stevie was GREAT!! She gave a young girl her dream and let her sing lead on her signature song. Stevie WAS NOT the one off key. Stevie Nicks is CLASS all the way!
    Now Beyounce was off key and pretty sad to watch. Esp’ly that MJ crouch grab! She is NO MJ!
    Pink rocked it!!

    • Celia

      Beyonce was off key…okay….You should get your hearing checked. I just re-watched her performance and it was vocally perfect.

  • Celia

    I LOVE Pink. She stole the show. I had no idea she was so skilled at acrobatics.

  • UGH

    In 3 years time, it will be “Miley Who?”.

    • LD

      I am hoping within one year they say “Taylor who”

      • Jeremy

        I’m not a fan of Taylor’s either, but I don’t think she’ll be going anywhere for a long time.

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