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TRANSLATION: HE LIKES!
John Mayer's response in Japanese to romance questions about Jessica Simpson may have been (temporarily) lost in translation, but there was little doubt about the Grammy winner's feelings as he and Simpson shared hugs and kisses throughout the night at Sony/BMG Grammy afterparty at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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ALL THAT GLITTERS
Beyoncé and her Destiny's Child girls (from left, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams) along with mom Tina celebrate her big night at PEOPLE's post-Grammy party, which she cohosted at West Hollywood's club Eleven. The Grammy winner (for best contemporary RampB album) also got a thankful shout-out from Rowland about a surprise birthday party the Dreamgirl recently threw for her. "(Beyoncé's) just doing so many big things ... and she's remained the same girl," Rowland said.
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Mary J. Blige, who walked away with three trophies (including best RampB album for The Breakthrough) gets the squeeze on fellow Grammy winner John Legend at PEOPLE's bash. While an emotional Blige accepted her awards during the telecast, Legend was relieved that his three (including best male RampB vocal performance) were given out off-air. "All the pressure was gone," he said. "We just went to the show and had a good time.
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A newly single Mischa Barton makes a new friend in Grammy winner Christina Aguilera (who scored a best female pop vocal award for "Ain't No Other Man") at the PEOPLE party. During the ceremony, Aguilera was literally brought to her knees during her rendition of "It's A Man's Man's Man's World," sung in tribute to the late James Brown.
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ONE NIGHT ONLY
Jennifer Hudson brings down the house at record honcho Clive Davis's pre-Grammy bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday. After belting out "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and "I Am Changing" from Dreamgirls, the Oscar nominee got a standing ovation from the high-wattage crowd, including Carrie Underwood, Nick Lachey and Diddy, who waved his white handkerchief in appreciation.
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Ryan Phillippe and Ludacris, who won a best rap album Grammy for Release Therapy, let their fingers do the talking during the XM Satellite bash at Social Hollywood. "I would just say that tonight is one of the best nights of my life, if not the best day," Ludacris said. "For so many years I've been nominated (for Grammys) and I finally got one."
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Sting – whose reunion with the Police got the Grammy show off to a rousing start – seals his evening with a kiss for Don Henley, who was named MusiCares Person of the Year, as wife Trudie Styler looks on at the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons afterparty at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During the soiree, Sting and Police drummer Stewart Copeland playfully bickered about their rumored reunion tour.
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Back from their recent Hawaiian getaway, Richie Sambora and then-girlfriend Denise Richards are a love match in shades of brown at the Universal Music Group bash at the Palms.
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James Blunt shows what a truly sensitive guy he really is as he splits his time posing for photos with fans and Cee-Lo of Gnarls Barkley (who nabbed a Grammy for best alternative music album honors) at the Warner Music Group bash at L.A.'s The Cathedral.
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With mentor Clive Davis by her side, a glamorous Whitney Houston makes an entrance fit for a diva at the music mogul's pre-Grammy party, where the singer created a buzz about her comeback album.
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After yet another wardrobe change, Carrie Underwood (who was named best new artist) gets a congratulatory hug from fellow American Idol alum Chris Daughtry at the Sony/BMG bash. Daughtry was content to play fan at the party, snapping photos with John Mayer and others.
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