Christina’s Lip-Licking, Adam Levine On Those Jessica Rumors: Grammys Behind The Scenes

Some of the most interesting moments didn't make it to the broadcast ...

The Grammy Awards is one of the most widely publicized entertainment events in history, yet an awful lot goes on that doesn’t make it to network TV. Lucky for you, MTV News has a team of ace reporters with big eyes and ears. …

On the green carpet before the show, Omarion got the loudest screams from the crowd. He stopped to shake hands with producer Brian Michael Cox before moving on to Linkin Park. He shook hands with all of the bandmembers before making his way back up the carpet, promising the screaming fans, “I’ll be back!” Chris Brown arrived, and the screaming amped up again. …

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Four members of Slipknot arrived in full regalia to screams from the crowd (from fright or excitement, it was hard to tell). Actor Dennis Hopper arrived shortly after. (For more on all the green-carpet action, including photos, see “Alicia, Kanye Go For Plunging Necklines, Stars Rock White On Grammy Green Carpet” .) …

The Ying Yang Twins arrived soon after — to thankfully diminished screams. …

Kelly Clarkson stopped to say “What’s up?” to Gwen Stefani on the carpet…

Game and his son were dressed alike, in matching blue suits and Louis Vuitton shoes. They took flicks with Omarion. Later on, Game yelled, “Kanyeezee! What’s up, n—a?” He and West shook hands on the green carpet. …

Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine stopped to jokingly harass a reporter for asking about the Jessica Simpson rumors. (For the record, “We’re just friends.”) …

 
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While fellow Best Alternative Album nominees Death Cab for Cutie worked on the press, all 37 members of the Arcade Fire (OK, maybe not that many) raced up the green carpet to get into the pre-telecast program. Unfortunately, the band went 0-2. …

When newlywed Christina Aguilera wasn’t chatting to her husband or the press as she walked the line, the salty singer continually licked her lips, hoping to keep her super-bright red lipstick from making a mess. …

A day after revealing she hoped to work with John Legend, Kelly Clarkson managed to track him down on the carpet for a formal introduction. …

Jay-Z walked the carpet like he was president of the United States — not just Def Jam — smiling and shaking hands with artists, execs and even California first lady Maria Shriver. One star he just missed (even though he was the tallest guy there and stood inches away signing autograph after autograph) was Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “I just met Queen Latifah, but I still need to meet Jay-Z,” Big Ben declared. …

In the press room, Yolanda Adams watched Madonna and Gorillaz‘s performance on television with Brian McKnight. “Madonna has a fantastic body,” she observed. …

Country singer Alison Krauss, however, did not feel the same way about one of the Gorillaz. “I’m still trying to get over the cartoon in his underwear,” she said. “I hope my son wasn’t watching!” …

In between winning the first of her two awards and performing “Because of You” (see “Kanye And Mariah Win, But In The End U2 — And Curveballs — Rule Grammy Night” ), Kelly Clarkson found a quiet corner backstage to call her mom, who was crying even more than her daughter. “It was really stupid of me,” Kelly joked later. “As if I needed to get more emotional before I performed.” …

Madonna stopped backstage to take a peek at Keith Urban‘s performance, calling the country crooner “smokey.” “Isn’t that you-know-who’s boyfriend?” she asked her publicist. “The ladies are loving the country boys.” …

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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington irked his bandmates backstage when he suddenly appeared with a cocktail in hand. “Hey! Where’d you get that?” Mike Shinoda demanded. “I’m in Linkin Park and I just performed with Paul McCartney, I can get a drink when I want one,” he replied. …

After his performance, Kanye did a victory lap around the arena, high-fiving people before returning to his seat. …

Back in the press room, Ciara said she had once thought Sly and the Family Stone’s 1969 classic “Everyday People” was originally performed by Arrested Development (who reinterpreted the song in 1992 as “People Everyday”). She later learned about Sly when she was asked to contribute to the evening’s tribute. …

As Green Day made the rounds backstage after winning Best Song for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” the band praised the performances by fellow rockers U2, Paul McCartney and Coldplay. “And I loved the way Sly Stone connected with the audience,” drummer Tre Cool deadpanned, sending his bandmates into an uproar. …

After Larry Mullen Jr. was cut off during U2′s acceptance speech for Best Album, the drummer dropped to his knees and pleaded for more mic time. He never got it, but the audience cheered along. …

Best New Artist winner John Legend said a bunch of his folks are in town and “it’s time to party!” He also said he doesn’t believe in a new-artist jinx, citing the success of the Beatles, Mariah and Alicia Keys (without mentioning the less enduring Marvin Hamlisch, Milli Vanilli and Debby Boone). However, the backstage interview was interrupted when a certain Best New Artist loser from a year ago barged into the room to congratulate his protégé. A giddy Kanye West then got a special treat when Legend said a Grammy is more important than any award out there. “That was very politically incorrect,” West told him, before adding, “I love it.” “I learned from the best,” Legend replied. …

As the evening neared its end, Kanye and U2 greeted each other near the press room, congratulating each other on a great night. We’re sure we weren’t the only onlookers wishing we could have seen thought balloons.

The show’s over, but there’s still plenty of Grammy goodness right here on MTVNews.com. Check out photos of the hottest green-carpet and onstage moments, find out what went down at the celeb-packed parties, and share your thoughts on the performers, winners and losers.

Plus watch videos of all the nominees on MTV.com and check out exclusive video footage from the big night on Overdrive.

 
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