“Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher decided to leave as little to the imagination as possible when she arrived at Wednesday night’s Grammy Awards in a stunning, transparent blue John Paul Gaultier dress.
“I didn’t want anybody to have to wonder if I wore underwear or not,” quipped Hatcher, who was a presenter at Wednesday’s show. She sported a clearly visible pair of boy-cut briefs under the sheer dress.
“We did a few twirls around to make sure you weren’t seeing anything you weren’t supposed to be seeing,” she added.
When Hatcher arrived for the Golden Globe Awards last month, E! cable network correspondent Isaac Mizrahi startled her when he pulled on her halter top, saying he was looking for a hidden speech.
This time she surprised everyone else, and herself.
“Wow! That is see-through,” she said after checking herself out in a television monitor.
More for Les
Hospitalized with fluid in his lungs and a heart condition, guitar legend Les Paul says winning two Grammys made him feel like an old building that somebody put a new flagpole in front of.
“I didn’t believe it,” the 90-year-old Paul said by phone from his hospital bed in Ridgewood, N.J., where he learned Wednesday night he had won Grammys for best pop instrumental and best rock instrumental.
“I feel like a condemned building with a new flag pole on it,” he joked.
Paul, who has been at Valley Hospital since Friday, was well enough to watch the Grammy Awards on television.
“I’m doing fine,” he said. “It’s just going to take a little time.”
Although a fine musician, Paul is best known for helping launch the rock music revolution by creating the solid-body electric guitars that bear his name. He said the real credit goes to the musicians who played them.
“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be there,” he said.
A man of many wordsHe won for best instrumental album, but composer Burt Bacharach had plenty to say at the 48th annual Grammy Awards, particularly about the war in Iraq.
“I’ve never seen times like we’ve got right now,” he said backstage, his young children by his side. “This is the future I’m leaving behind for these kids and I’m concerned because I think we’ve really made a mess of it.”
Bacharach, who won for “At This Time,” accused President Bush of leading the United States into war by “lying” that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
“I never like to be lied to by a girlfriend or agent, and certainly not the president of the United States,” he said. “I’m very concerned, as we all should be. That’s why the album is called ’At This Time.”’
Can you hear me now?Husband and wife country crooners Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were happy to talk to anybody about their Grammy win Wednesday night — even out-of-state callers.
When a reporter’s cell phone went off as the two were answering questions, McGraw stepped off the interview stage, grabbed it and handed it to his wife.
“Hi, this is Faith Hill, do you have a question?” she asked.
From his office in New York City, Associated Press Entertainment Editor Jesse Washington asked what she thought of Sly Stone, who received a rousing, star-studded tribute during the 48th annual Grammy Awards.
“He’s amazing. I thought his look was classic,” she said of the artist’s flamboyant Mohawk hairstyle. “We’re going to try to pull that off.”
McGraw then snatched the phone back and told Washington, “Your reporter is going to have to call you later” and hung up.
The really fun part of attending Wednesday’s Grammys was not the multiple awards he might win, said John Legend, but the chance to perform and collect a few congratulatory hugs from the ladies.
“Whatever awards come, they come,” said Legend, looking sharp in a white suit as he arrived on the Grammy’s green carpet. “It’s going to be a fun night either way.”
Legend, nominated for eight awards, said any attractive women thinking of giving him a hug shouldn’t worry about sullying his suit.
“Some women are just worth it,” he said. “You hug ’em regardless. They might get your suit dirty, but it’s worth it.”
When he accepted a Grammy later in the evening for best male R&B vocal performance, however, Legend had changed into a dark suit.
Who were those masked men?Slipknot saved face at the 48th annual Grammy Awards — arriving Wednesday night in their trademark masks to accept the award for best metal performance.
“Thanks to our fans, that’s really what made us get here,” said bassist Paul Grey, wearing shorts, a tie over his T-shirt and a Hannibal Lecter-style mask.
“I hope people use this (music) in a positive way to educate people who are paying attention,” added his shirtless bandmate Sid Wilson, who spoke from beneath a fedora and from behind a frosted plastic mask
Although he was dressed in a bubble-gum pink jumpsuit and clown mask, Shawn “Clown” Crahan added a moment of solemnity to the affair when he choked up as he thanked his recently deceased father.
Crahan also explained to reporters Slipknot’s penchant for masks:
“This is our concept, our dream, our sacrifice, our religion,” he said.
Barack Obama, Grammy winner
You don’t necessarily have to be a musician to win music’s most coveted honor, as Wednesday night’s 48th annual Grammy Awards proved.
While the lion’s share of the 107 awards went to musicians and their producers and other musical technicians, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., claimed one in the best spoken word category for his readings from his autobiographical “Dreams From My Father.”
Director Martin Scorsese, perhaps the greatest filmmaker to never win an Academy Award, took home a Grammy for best long-form video for “No Direction Home,” his celebrated documentary on Bob Dylan.
In another “you don’t necessarily have to ... “ category, the Grammy for best Latin pop album was captured by Laura Pausini, an Italian.
Obama is not the first politician to win a Grammy.
President Clinton teamed with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and actress Sophia Loren to win one for best spoken-word album in 2003, then won another one last year for his reading of his autobiography “My Life.” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton also won for best spoken word in 1997 for “It Takes a Village.”
Running lateIt was just another day at the office, followed by a night at the Grammys, for actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, who was teaming with the Black Eyed Peas to present the trophy for male R&B vocal.
The actress said she arrived on the green carpet straight from the set of her TV show “Ghost Whisperer,” leaving in such a hurry that she didn’t have time to remember the name of the designer dress she put on.
“I just left work,” a sheepish Hewitt said. “I know! I’m terrible.”
She wasn’t sure if she would be up for partying after the awards show, either.
“I might go to one of the parties, but I have to be at work at 5:30 in the morning,” she said.
“One day you retire, and you get a social life,” Hewitt added.