Best Random Collision of Rock Royalty: The Scene Backstage
Before the finale superjam, almost all of the night's stars found themselves hanging around in a cramped backstage room, where we spied Tom Morello instigating a selfie with Beck, Bill Withers, Zac Brown, Karen O, Patti Smith, Billie Joe Armstrong and more.
Green Day were the first to arrive, then everyone else filed in and stood around together to listen to Ringo Starr's amusing speech. At one point the Beatles drummer said the word fart, which touched off a few moments of hilarity. "What'd he say?" Morello asked. "Fart," responded Zac Brown as Morello laughed. Then Withers walked over and started telling them stories (one involved the famous restaurant Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles).
Patti Smith danced to Ringo Starr's "Boys" very enthusiastically and then hugged Billie Joe Armstrong. "I love Green Day," she told us. Smith hugged John Legend too, saying, "You have really cool moves."
When Stevie Wonder arrived and started blowing his harp, all the heads in the room swiftly turned. "What key?!" Patti Smith said. Wonder started practicing "With a Little Help From My Friends" with Karen O sitting two feet away, grinning extremely widely.
Wonder and Legend chatted about perhaps going into the studio together when Stevie noticed Withers' voice in the room. "That was a great speech, Bill — a little long," he joked and everyone in the room laughed.