Kelly Clarkson really wanted a stiff drink at Sunday night’s 2013 Grammy Awards. And surely she wasn’t alone. So what gives? Why aren’t artists allowed to have a sip during the music industry’s big, and let’s face it, very long night?
After all, part of the reason people love tuning in to, and attending, the Golden Globes is because they are famously lubricated with generous pours from the bar. That always makes for a bit of a looser, more relaxed vibe, especially when lager-loving host Ricky Gervais was steering the ship. But, like most other major televised awards shows, the Grammys has a Prohibition vibe.
And Clarkson, for one, was longing for a sip on Sunday night. “I got stuck to Miranda Lambert,” the singer joked of her near wardrobe mishap while hugging her country singing pal on the way to the stage to collect her trophy for Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger. “There’s a story and a song. For later, after alcohol,” she laughed. “I’m just kidding, children. I get nervous speaking in front of people.”
Clarkson may have been wanting a drink, but one person who did not appear thirsty was Jay-Z, who was shown several times sipping on some brown liquor from his own glass tumbler while seated in the audience alongside sister-in-law Solange Knowles and Jessica Biel, who were enjoying flutes of champagne throughout the night.
A spokesperson for D’USSE Cognac confirmed for MTV News that Jay was quaffing their high-end beverage at the show, providing images of the rapper pouring himself a glass of his “preferred” VSOP ‘yak.
There’s actually a very good reason why the Grammys is traditionally a dry event. A Recording Academy representative told MTV News, “It’s our building, and our show, and since we have MusiCares Safe Harbor Room, it’s a dry house.”
MusiCares is a Recording Academy initiative that helps musicians in need of financial and medical assistance, as well as offering addiction resources for those struggling with substance abuse. One of the group’s initiatives is Safe Harbor Rooms at venues and festivals around the country, which feature 12-step support meetings and fellowship for artists, staff and crew at events ranging from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the Vans Warped Tour and the Academy of Country Music Awards.