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46th Annual Grammy Awards

Written by Steven R. Rochlin
Photos by: Steven R. Rochlin and WireImage


Prince and Beyoncé
Prince and Beyoncé



  The show opened with a smash hit performance by none other than Prince. The stage was lit up in purple as he performed his 1984 smash hit "Purple Rain." Prince is one of the very rare, and talented musical artists who not only writes his own lyrics and music, he also plays virtually every instrument as well on his recordings. The song broke out to a duet with Beyoncé and her 2003 song "Crazy In Love." It quickly went back to yet another wonderful song by Prince. This was just one of the nineteen truly live performances to come. Fortunately the Grammy Awards do not allow for canned music or lip sync'ing.



The first Award of the evening, Best Contemporary R&B Album, went to Beyoncé for Dangerously In Love. Afterwards, Ellen Degeneres came on stage and mentioned celebrating forty years of The Beatles.



Sting, Dave Matthews, and Vince Gill
Sting, Dave Matthews, and Vince Gill

Soon thereafter came a performance by Sting, Dave Matthews, and Vince Gill playing "I Saw Her Standing There" with multiple screens showing vintage footage of The Beatles flashing in the background. After a commercial break, Queen Latifah came onstage and basically reminded everyone it is "about the music." Amen sister!


Christine Aguilera
Christine Aguilera

Christine Aguilera soon began performing her hit  "Beautiful" with a symphonic accompaniment. During the chorus she was joined by a wonderful choir! Big, bold, and truly aspiring... the way music is meant to move us.

"...You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words won't bring you down
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words won't bring you down
Don’t you bring me down today...

No matter what we do
(no matter what we do)
No matter what they say
(no matter what they say)
When the sun is shining through
Then the clouds won't stay
And everywhere we go..."


White Stripes
White Stripes

The next Grammy Award, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, was earned by the band No Doubt for Underneath It All Then the White Stripes took charge of the stage filling the air with their song "Seven Nation Army."


B.B. King meets Enjoy the Music.com™ editor Steven R. Rochlin
B.B. King meets Enjoy the Music.com™'s editor Steven R. Rochlin


Steven Tyler, B.B. King And Joe Perry
Steven Tyler, B.B. King And Joe Perry

After their performance, B.B. King (see our concert report of B.B. King by clicking here) came onto the stage and made mention of the Lifetime Achievement Award to The Funk Brothers while an award for Best Rap Album went to OutKast for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was handed out.


Martina McBride
Martina McBride

Afterwards, Country music star Martina McBride performed her romantic song "Concrete Angel" to an enthusiastic audience.


Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake

The next Grammy Award, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, went to the recently controversial (due to Superbowl/Janet Jackson situation affectionately called "BreastGate"<sic>) Justin Timberlake for Cry Me A River. He did apologize to the audience for BreastGate and simply wanted everyone to move on to much more important issues at hand.


Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross


Celine Dion
Celine Dion

After the commercial break a tribute to Luther Vandross was performed by singer/pianist Alicia Keys. Another Vandross tribute, this time the song "Dance With My Father", was sung by Celine Dion. After the performance they played a previously taped thank you by Luther.


Sting and Sean Paul

Bassist and solo artist Sting, joined by reggae vocalist Sean Paul, transformed the stage with the Police song "Roxanne." Afterwards, the song Beautiful (as performed by Christine Aguilera earlier in the evening), won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy.


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