Alicia Keys (in Alberta Ferretti) got pumped up about her wins.
Beyoncé Knowles & TINA
After three days’ rehearsal, the diva-licious duo brought down the house with “Proud Mary.” “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years, and it actually happened!” says Beyoncé. (For more on Tina Turner, turn the page.)
“She must be taking a sip from the fountain of youth…. It was unbelievable!”
—JC CHASEZ ON TINA TURNER
Kanye West‘s tribute to his mother “was a beautiful moment,” says John Legend.
RIHANNA The first-time winner didn’t stop the music on Grammy night, performing with the Time. “We made it funky,” says Morris Day.
Carrie Underwood started the night out stag, but the Best Female Country Vocal Performance winner later met up with her favorite Gossip Girl guy Chace Crawford at the Sony BMG bash. The actor spent the night with his arm around Underwood and whispering in her ear before the pair exited together at midnight.
FERGIE: NOT PREGNANT
The singer donned three gowns on Grammy night—all loose in the midsection. But despite new rumors, she’s not pregnant, says her rep. As Fergie puts it: “My abs? Not so good right now!”
Fergie started the night in Calvin Klein and Cartier.
To perform with John Legend, she slipped into Versace.
“I played drums before I came here so I could get all my hyperness out,” the 15-year-old (in Celine) told PEOPLE.
The singer in London. After some well-publicized troubles, “Amy is on her way back,” her mom, Janis, told PEOPLE.
AMY’S BIG NIGHT
The rehabbing Amy Winehouse, who won five Grammys, played live from London and mentioned “my Blake, incarcerated”—a shout-out to husband Blake Fielder-Civil (inset), who’s awaiting trial on charges of assault and witness tampering. Afterward she played pool with her family. “She was in a fantastic mood,” says a pal. Less thrilled: Natalie Cole, who battled addiction herself, said, “We have to stop rewarding bad behavior.”
TINA’S GREAT BOD!
What’s Tina Turner’s secret to rocking out at 68—and matching moves with Beyoncé, 26? “She lives in Zurich and she goes hiking in the mountains, eats really well and just takes very good care of herself,” says a rep for the singer. “And she gets plenty of sleep.” Just not on Grammy night: Minutes after leaving the stage, Turner hopped a flight to Moscow to perform for 45 minutes at a party at the Kremlin’s Palace of Congresses. “She had a fantastic time,” adds the rep. “I’m sure, well, I hope, she’s sound asleep now!”
TAYLOR GETS READY!
Two years ago Best New Artist nominee Taylor Swift wore a $35 dress to her high school prom. Times have changed: For her first Grammys, the 18-year-old wore a custom-made lavender silk tulle gown by her stylist Sandi Spika. “It looks like it came out of a fantasy movie!” Ditto on the jewels: $300,000 worth from Tiffany and Co. Swift gave PEOPLE an exclusive peek at her final dress fitting.
Swift’s hand-beaded gown with Swarovski crystals took three weeks to construct.
Sandi Spika’s sketch.
The best part of the corset bodice? “I can pretty much eat a cheeseburger if I really want to!”
Swift (with Spika) braved Jimmy Choo heels despite her fear that “I’ll tip over!”
Beyoncé (in Georges Chakra) turned heads at Sony BMG (Blake Lewis did a double take!) and met up with John Mayer.
Mary J. Blige had a moment with Nelly at Universal Music Group’s party at the Palm steak house.
After the awards, Grammy night rocked on: Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri and Owen Wilson stopped by ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s fete for Antonio “LA” Reid at STK. At Sony BMG’s bash at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Chris Brown chatted up Aretha Franklin, who brought hot dogs from Pink’s hot dog stand, and Epic Records president Charlie Walk threw a late-night bash at the Thompson Beverly Hills hotel, where Paris Hilton hit the dance floor with Avril Lavigne.
ARE THEY OR AREN’T THEY?
At the EW party, Rihanna cuddled up to rumored beau Chris Brown, though Brown told PEOPLE, “We’re just friends … we hang out.”
Kid Rock hung with Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber at Warner Music Group’s fete at L.A.’s Vibiana.