"It was like being shot out of a cannon," a tired but happy Springsteen told MTV News recently near his home in New Jersey. "I didn't know 12 minutes could take that much out of you! I'm still recovering from the intensity."
Springsteen, still tan from his time in Florida, made this comment just moments after stepping out of his parked car, where he'd just spent the previous 30 minutes spontaneously napping. "This has probably been the busiest month of my life," he said.
Of course, that month has also included his performance at President Obama's "We Are One" concert, winning a Golden Globe Award for his title track to "The Wrestler," releasing his new LP, Working on a Dream, announcing his forthcoming world tour (including an appearance at the Bonnaroo festival), and winning yet another Grammy Award — one he actually said he wasn't aware he was in the running for.
"I didn't even know I was up for a Grammy!" he laughed. (His "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," from last year's Magic LP, took the Best Rock Song trophy.) "I opened the newspaper on Monday and saw that I had won, and thought, 'Well, that's great!' "
And with that, it was back to his car, to rest up for his world tour, which begins April 1 in San Jose, California, and is scheduled to run into August.
Will Lil Wayne grab all the gramophones? Is Katy Perry going to tell her girl rivals to kiss off? Can Coldplay march off with a win? MTV News is all over the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, so stay tuned for interviews, analysis and more before, during and after the big night, Sunday, February 8.