Quotes from the Grammy Awards:
''I just got an award given to me by a Beatle
. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye
? ... Just kidding.'' - Vince Gill
, accepting the award for best country album from Ringo Starr
''I appreciate everything and I know you are really proud of me right now and I know you wouldn't want me to stop and you'd want me to be the No. 1 artist in the world. And Mamma, all I'm gonna do is keep making you proud.'' - Kanye West
, speaking about his late mother as he accepted the award for rap album.
''It's a pity Amy isn't here, but oh well, God bless her.'' - Ringo Starr on Grammy winner Amy Winehouse
, who couldn't obtain a visa in time to attend the show.
''As many of you know, I first started singing when Lincoln
was president.'' - Cher
, 61, as she introduced Beyonce
and Tina Turner
looked good for 150, didn't he?''- Prince
, after Sinatra appeared in archival footage in a duet with Alicia Keys
''I think she is a sexy young lady. I have kids as old as her, but I did enjoy it. That did not deter me from noticing at all.'' - Morris Day
, after his band, The Time
, performed a medley with the young R&B star.
''I think we all have to pay tribute to Ringo
, here, and George
, and Paul
, who can't be with us, and of course, John
. And, I guess we miss those guys a hell of a lot. They are the people who are behind this award.'' - Beatles
producer George Martin
, accepting the best compilation soundtrack album for ''Love
''It never gets old, believe me, it just never gets old.'' - Herbie Hancock
, who has won 11 Grammys dating to 1983, accepting this year's award for contemporary jazz album for ''River: The Joni Letters
''You couldn't keep me from actually getting this myself - it's not the same when someone else gets this on your behalf.'' - Carrie Underwood
, who raced onstage to accept her trophy for best female country vocal performance during the lightly attended non-televised segment of the Grammy Awards.
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