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Scepter-wielding and veiled diva crosses the country-pop divide – and – to shake hands with a slightly befuddled-looking .
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shares a shoulder with Motown legend and fellow Grammys performer Stevie Wonder off stage.
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ANOTHER NO. 1 FAN
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum gushes over the night’s big winner, Adele, behind the stage at the Staples Center – maybe she was giving the Brit songbird shelving suggestions for her six Grammys?
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Statuesque blonde beauties and exude elegance as they show off their gold and black gowns.
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LEGENDS OF ROCK
Working-class blokes-turned-rock legends Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen hug it out as they celebrate the newest generation of musicians.
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WORKING DATE NIGHT
and make a toothsome couple as they watch 2011’s finest in musical talent.
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A leopard-spotted is feelin’ feline as she strides the halls of the Staples Center.
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and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon make cheery small talk behind the scenes.
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looks tickled pink to meet iconic crooner Tony Bennett as they hobnob backstage.
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Marc Anthony is a familiar face in the Grammys audience, but on his arm was new Venezuelan love Shannon de Lima.
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Actress Jane Seymour dips her toes into the world of music as she flashes her pearly whites alongside and country’s Reba McEntire.
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HOST WITH THE MOST
Grammys host LL Cool J stands with music royalty as he and Diana Ross mingle backstage.
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SEALED WITH A KISS
New York businesswoman Nancy Shevell seems to ask the world to wait one minute while she locks lips with husband Paul McCartney in the Grammys audience.
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Country sweetheart and bad girl Nicki Minaj make a cozy pairing inside the Staples Center.
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SUNNY SIDE OF BLUE
She’s certainly not looking blue! happily mugs for the cameras – with a little help from her adoring fans.
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THE BACKUP PLAN
is all sparkle in the front, party in the back as she takes time out to sign autographs on the Grammys red carpet.
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NOTHIN' BUT NET
Uh, maybe he’s amazed? Paul McCartney points out the obvious: his surprise smooch from inside the Staples Center.
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WE 'R' FAMILY
leans on dad Ronald and younger brother Rajad for support before hitting the stage to perform with Coldplay.
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Give her a hand! Cyndi Lauper happily shares the spotlight with her Grammy date, mom Catrine, who’s clearly the singer’s biggest fan.
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No one’s more excited for the Grammys than Kelly Rowland, who said she’d like to add to her trophy haul with another win Sunday night.
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Before claiming multiple Grammy awards, Adele takes time out to sign off on a fan’s Post-It.