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Tupac
"You know how the Grammys used to be, all straight-looking folks with suits. Everybody looking tired. No surprises. We tired of that. We need something different ..."

So said Tupac Shakur at the 38th annual Grammy Awards, right before introducing the four original members of Kiss, fully made up as Demon, Starchild, Space Ace and Cat Man, with their middle-aged love handles neatly tucked into their spandex unitards. It was the first time the foursome appeared in public together in such garb since drummer Peter Criss left the group in 1980.

   
The Grammy Awards promised a newer and hipper show in 1996, and at least early into the evening, they delivered. When co-presenters Tupac and Kiss handed out the Best New Artist award (and Best Pop Performance Duo/Group) to Hootie & the Blowfish, it was one of the more bizarre gatherings on a Grammy stage ever.

"You had Tupac, Kiss and Hootie & the Blowfish on the same stage," Hootie frontman Darius Rucker said. "You ran such a gamut of pop culture and music. It's just amazing."

Alanis Morissette was a big winner that night, taking home four awards, including Album of the Year for Jagged Little Pill. The only problem: it seemed the singer didn't have a mantel to put them on.

"I don't have a house," Morissette said. "I put all my stuff in storage yesterday so I'll put them in my storage space. I'm a nomad again."

Coolio and LV took the prize for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gangsta's Paradise," which features a Stevie Wonder sample, and then Wonder himself received three honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song, complete with a musical tribute by D'Angelo and Tony Rich. The newly added award for Best Rap Album went to Naughty by Nature, who had their own take on the new look of the Grammys.

"The thing is, they were getting they ass kicked as far as the other awards shows," the group's Vinnie said. "The Grammys have to get a bit hipper. You can stay bourgie for a while, but when the rest of the real world is going on, you have to tap into the real world."

Other winners marking a new and improved Grammys included Nine Inch Nails for Best Metal Performance, Nirvana for Best Alternative Performance (for their MTV Unplugged in New York) and Pearl Jam for Best Hard Rock Performance.

The U.K. ruled in the Pop Vocal categories, with Annie Lennox scoring the Best Female Pop Performance award, and Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" taking Best Male Pop Performance as well as Song and Record of the Year.

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