In the early awards ceremony, before the telecast, host Patti Austin remarked about Chicago's Kanye West: ‘‘I’m so glad Kanye won everything because you know how cranky he gets when he loses.’’
Some other quips and comments from Music's Biggest night ...
‘‘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.
‘‘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.
"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.
‘‘She’s walking her walk. We all have a walk in life, we have hard and difficult times and going through that chaos often leads to clarity.’’ — Chaka Khan on Amy Winehouse.
‘‘Dad, I know I promised I’d give you my first Grammy, but we might have to fight for this one.’’ — Rihanna accepting the award for rap/sung collaboration.
‘‘As many of you know, I first started singing when Lincoln was president.’’ — Cher, 61, as she introduced Beyonce and Tina Turner.
‘‘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.’’
‘‘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 on Rihanna, after his band, The Time, performed a medley with the young R&B star.
‘‘Frank Sinatra looked good for 150, didn’t he? ‘‘— Prince, after Sinatra appeared in archival footage in a duet with Alicia Keys.
‘‘Together these four men made music that changed the history of our planet. Tonight we honor the power of the Beatles. The power they still create in our lives.’’ — Tom Hanks, introducing a tribute to the Beatles.
‘‘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.’’
‘‘Grammy’s not the only one that’s 50. I just turned 51 a few days ago and this is the best present I could have imagined.’’ — Ashley Cleveland, accepting her award for rock or rap gospel album for ‘‘Before the Daylight’s Shot.’’
‘‘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.
‘‘Where are those writers?’’ — Peter Frampton after stumbling through his teleprompter script.
‘‘I am so nervous. All famous people around and it’s like a one-shot deal so you’ve got to do it good.’’ — Evelyne Lamontagne, who was part of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘‘Love’’ tribute to the Beatles.