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Eric Clapton
"We were actually on another planet yesterday. We just descended down to check out this earthly activity," the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea said at the 35th annual Grammy Awards.

Flea and his bandmates were probably in an intergalactic mood, having just staged a monster jam at the ceremony on their Grammy-winning "Give It Away" with their one-time producer, funk pioneer George Clinton, along with his P-Funk All-Stars — no strangers to descending onto stages in funked-up spaceships.

   
Funkiness aside, the 1993 Grammys were all about Eric Clapton. In the end it proved to be a very big night for the guitar god, a two-time Grammy winner who added six more statuettes to his collection. Clapton got two Grammys for his MTV album, Unplugged, and three more including Song and Record of the Year for one of its tracks, "Tears in Heaven," written after the death of his four-year-old son, Conor.

"The one person I want to thank is my son for the love he gave me and the song he gave me," Clapton said.

If Eric Clapton was the sentimental favorite that night, one of the most emotional moments came when Michael Jackson, who received a Grammy Legend Award from his sister Janet, started talking onstage about his difficult childhood.

"My childhood was completely taken away from me. There was no Christmas. There were no birthdays. It was not a normal childhood," he said.

Jackson also demonstrated, at last, that he had a sense of humor, too.

"In the past month I've gone from 'Where is he?' to 'Here he is again,' " he said. "I hope this finally puts to rest another rumor that has been in the press for too many years — me and Janet really are two different people."

Rap Grammy Award winner Sir Mix-a-Lot ("Baby Got Back") announced the need for more black music executives, and Arrested Development, named Best New Act of the Year, also scored a rap Grammy for their single "Tennessee."

As far as other winners, K.D. Lang crossed over from country in a major way with a Best Female Pop Vocalist award for her single "Constant Craving." Boyz II Men's top-charting "End of the Road" was named Best R&B Song. Melissa Etheridge was named Best Female Rock Singer, and while Best Metal Performance winners Nine Inch Nails ("Wish"), Best Alternative Music Album winner Tom Waits (Bone Machine) and Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner Little Richard didn't make the live broadcast, Peter Gabriel, who copped the Best Music Video award ("Digging in the Dirt"), turned up and performed with support from the Canadian avant-garde circus troupe Cirque du Soleil.

For more Grammy news, check out the MTV News Grammy Archive.







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