My Grammys: Weird Al, David Sedaris and More Remember the Big Night

Margaret Cho, Nate Ruess, Mastodon and Giorgio Moroder share stories from backstage

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fun.'s Nate Ruess
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fun.'s Nate Ruess

Two Wins: Song of the Year (2013), Best New Artist (2013)

It's the Super Bowl because it's the Super Bowl of performing. [Pink and I] were supposed to do the song ["Just Give Me a Reason"], we go out there to rehearse, and she's twirling around up there, she's not singing because her voice is messed up and she wants to make sure she's great for the show. But she's up in the air, twirling around like a motherfucker; and I get up there onstage, and I'm singing, and I'm like, "All right, well, if she's not singing, I'm going to take some liberties with the notes." So I was trying notes I'd never tried before, and she's spinning her ass off, telling the people there exactly how she wants everything. Exactly. She's very meticulous. She's upset about the way things are unfolding, and I'm just, like, happy to be there, being like, "It will work when we get onstage!"

 So the next day, I get there early, and I get a note, like, "Alecia wants to talk to you." So I go into her dressing room, and it's just her, and she's like, "Did you see this?" She's sitting next to a laptop and she pulls up this video, and it's our rehearsal video. And she's like, "Did you see this?" And I'm like, "No, why the fuck would I watch our rehearsal video?" So she goes right to one of my bent notes, pauses it, and is like, "You're not going to do that, are you?" And it was amazing. Not only is she dead serious when she's rehearsing, she's watching footage afterwards! And that's what makes her great, and makes the Grammys great.

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