Much Grammy 'Love' for Beyoncé, OutKast
9:30 p.m.: Justin Wins, Apologizes
Jakob Dylan delivered a brief word of warning before he read the name of the winner for best male pop vocal at Sunday night's 46th annual Grammy Awards.
"Now, behave," he said, announcing Justin Timberlake's win for the 'N Sync-er's solo hit "Cry Me a River."
Kissing his date for the night, his mother, Timberlake – who beat late former Beatle George Harrison in the same category – bounded to the stage and said, "I'm humbled."
He also made reference to last Sunday's incident with Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl halftime show, during which he helped expose one of her breasts. "I know it's been a rough week for everybody," said Justin. "What occurred was unintentional and completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys were offended."
Then, studiously shifting gears, he said, "This is officially the greatest moment of my life."
The Super Bowl stunt came up again later, when Christina Aguilera won for best female pop vocal performance for "Beautiful." Practically spilling out of her low-cut dress, she pointed to her bosom and told the audience: "I didn't want the same thing to happen that Janet had done."
Meanwhile, Patti LaBelle introduced a tribute to the ailing Luther Vandross, a segment that originally was to have featured Jackson.
The Vandross salute included songs performed by Alicia Keys and Celine Dion – who was plagued by technical glitches, including a dead microphone and static feedback.
The segment concluded with a video message from Vandross himself, looking and sounding out of sorts but still in command. He said hello and thanked everyone, then told them to remember: "When I say goodbye, it's never for long, because ... ," and, breaking into song, Vandross crooned: "I believe in the power of love."
The evening was far from lacking in star power. Madonna introduced Sting, mentioning that he introduced her to her husband. Then Sting and Sean Paul (who earlier had taken the best reggae album Grammy for "Dutty Rock") sang a reggae version of Sting's classic hit "Roxanne."
Ellen DeGeneres introduced an early segment honoring the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show," which segued into Sting leading a rendition of "I Saw Her Standing There," accompanied by Vince Gill and Dave Matthews.
Gwen Stefani snapped her fingers to help her recall who else to thank when her group, No Doubt, won for best pop performance by a duo or group vocal for their song "Underneath It All."
"Oh, yeah," remembered Stefani, prompting the crowd to cheer throughout the Staples Center. "All of our fans." Then she added: "I can't believe it. I'm going to go cry again." (No Doubt also consists of Tony Kanal on bass, Tom Dumont on guitar and Adrian Young on drums.)
Andre 3000 of OutKast gave the most articulate thank-you of the night. Two words: "Thank you." Then he jumped right back into the audience, eliciting an audible chuckle of approval inside the hall. His group, nominated for a leading six awards, won for best rap album, for "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."
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