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MARY J. BLIGE , T.I. LUDACRIS WIN BIG AT GRAMMYS

 

Do  you think Fox News' Bill O'Reilly or even Oprah Winfrey were watching the Grammy Awards?   Well rapper Ludacris was sure to show them love. 

 

"Shout out to Oprah and Bill O'Reilly," Luda laughed during his acceptance speech for the Best Rap Album award. "I love ya."

 

Meanwhile, other acts decided to let their music speak loudly. Gnarls Barkley stomped through a slowed-down — yet throughly epic — version of their ubiquitous "Crazy," backed by a full choir, and Mary J. Blige brought the house down with a powerful performance of "Be Without You" that segued into the soul classic "Stay With Me."

 

Though he didn’t win his nomination for Best New Artist, Chris Brown blew everyone off the stage with his step routine.

 

Earlier in the evening, Prince rose from beneath the stage to simply say, "One word: Beyoncé," introducing the singer who fought off a stomach bug to belt her way through "Listen," from "Dreamgirls."  (SEE PHOTOS)

 

The queen of the evening, Mary J. Blige, won her second Grammy, as The Breakthrough was named Best R&B Album, then received a standing ovation by ignoring the house band and rifling through several index cards filled with thank yous.

 

Hindsight being 20/20, she could've just waited, since she was back on the podium a few minutes later, accepting her third award, for Best Pop Vocal Album.

 

Meanwhile, the man who would be king, Justin Timberlake, sat at a piano — and then pulled some serious "Blair Witch Project" action thanks to a handheld camera — for the first of his two performances of the evening, "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" (which he introduced as "the best song I've ever written").

 

T.I. took Best Rap Solo Performance for "What You Know" and shared Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Timberlake for "My Love." JT also nabbed Best Dance Recording with Timbaland for "SexyBack." Other winners include Ludacris winning Best Rap Song for his tag-team with Pharrell on "Money Maker"; and Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone snaring Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Ridin." Rick Rubin won his first-ever Grammy (unbelievably) for Producer of the Year.

 

Then, a couple of the evening's most-nominated — and most famous — nominees notched their first wins.  Four-time noms Gnarls Barkley won Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Crazy," and Beyoncé's B'Day won Best Contemporary R&B Album. John Legend also made his presence known, taking home a pair of awards (for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Heaven," and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for his role in "Family Affair" alongside Joss Stone and Van Hunt).

 

A flurry of even more big names followed, including Christina Aguilera winning Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Ain't No Other Man," and the Black Eyed Peas nabbing Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for "My Humps."

 

 



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