"When the record industry's falling apart — and it is — and there's no place to see videos — there's not — you have to find new ways and you have to do what's actually going on. And the DJ world, in the clubs, is where music actually lives. It's not just in America, or New York or LA, it's everywhere in the world. So, Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta was a perfect combination, because his music plays all over the world, and we travel around the world, and our music is played all over the world. And I think that's the reason 'I Gotta Feeling' and 'Boom Boom Pow' are successful — because we made music for the time. We didn't rely on what was the machine yesterday, we made it for what actually is."
-Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am, on why his group's Grammy-nominated album The E.N.D. switches up their sound and pushed so many boundaries. The electro-fueled album that delivered huge hits like "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" was heavily influenced by French DJ David Guetta (who scored a nomination himself for his album One Love), which was a departure from the group's backpack hip-hop roots. At Wednesday night's Grammy nominations show, they were grateful for their six nominations. "This is a blessing. We're very blessed," Fergie said. "The thing is, we're still hungry, we're still working hard ... and all of the work we've put into it just makes us appreciate it more." How did the group celebrate? By bowling (they already had plans, as it was group member Apl's birthday as well).