Santana, Aguilera, The Roots Ponder Grammy Honors

With the winners announced and the hardware handed out, Wednesday night’s Grammy Award winners were left pondering their newfound place in Grammy history.

While the strength of his universally praised “Supernatural” album carried guitarist Carlos Santana to nine wins (see “Santana Rolls On Grammy Night; TLC, Eminem, Aguilera Hit Gold” ), the artist was giving credit to one-time collaborator Lauryn Hill (among others) for introducing him to Grammy voters.

“I have great teachers,” Santana told MTV News’ John Norris of his Grammy gold rush. “Mr. Miles Davis… I listen to the music of Mr. John Coltrane, Bob Marley, so many great musicians, and somehow it’s all coming to fruition now. I’m very grateful to all of them… Mr. Bill Graham, of course Mr. Clive Davis, my wife, and especially Lauryn Hill, because she’s the one who opened the door for me.
She invited me to the Grammys last year, and I’d never been invited, and somehow I made a lot of friends and they all made it possible… so here we are, thanks to her.” [RealVideo]

Teen pop phenom Christina Aguilera officially arrived with a win for Best New Artist, and she also left the ceremony with second thoughts about her dazed but giddy acceptance speech.

“I’m just really afraid to see the playback, though, because I know my legs were, like, wobbling,” Aguilera told MTV News of her speech. “I was, like, shaking, and I had no speech prepared. It was crazy.”

Asked if the award earns her some professional breathing room, Aguilera noted, “If anything, it drives me to work even harder. I mean, this is such a payoff… my schedule is crazy, and I can feel for all the other nominees. Something like this… it’s verification that hard
work does pay off.” [RealVideo]

The Roots also hit Grammy paydirt for the first time, landing an award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for “You Got Me,” a song the group recorded with Erykah Badu.

“This is just the first one,” the group’s Hub said of the honor. “This is 2000. This is Roots 2000. We just started. We’re just getting started.” [RealVideo]

You can catch much more on the backstage glamour and gossip of the 42nd annual Grammy Awards on “MTV News 1515″ this Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

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