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WHY I LOVE BRUCE

As a child of the ’80s, I was exposed to Bruce Springsteen with Born in the U.S.A. But as I went to college, I became more educated in his music, and it led me on a hell of a journey. He’s writing about experience and real life. Darkness on the Edge of Town spoke to me: It was gritty, real and raw. And the escapism in a song like “Thunder Road”-everybody should want that sense of freedom sometimes. Seeing Bruce in concert, I’m always amazed at what the crowd gives and what Bruce gives. It’s a gang and it’s a mentality, like, “We get it. We belong.” It’s a religious experience. Bruce heard my song “Springsteen,” and I got a great note from him, saying he was a big fan. It just blew me away. The note is locked up. So if my house burns down, I know it’s safe somewhere.

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Michelle Obama

The First Lady, 49, is competing for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album (for her bestselling gardening book American Grown)-and family pride. As the President joked during a PEOPLE interview: “When you win two like me, then let me know.”

SONG I LISTEN TO WITH SASHA, 11, AND MALIA, 14

“Golden” by Jill Scott (left). “I used to play it in the car when I drove the girls to school each morning, and we would sing it together.”

SONG THAT HELPS ME RELAX

“Bravo” by Ledisi. “I used to listen to it in the car before campaign rallies because it both calmed me and helped me focus.”

FAVORITE GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONG

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson. “It’s an empowering song with a positive message.”

SONG I WORK OUT TO

“Whip My Hair” by Willow Smith. “[It] always gets me moving.”

“OUR” SONG

“Barack and I danced to ‘Let’s Stay Together’ [by Al Green, right] at this Inauguration…. [It] was really our one-on-one moment with each other.'”

FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT

“The Jackson 5’s albums were among my first that I bought with my own money.”

WHAT I SING IN THE SHOWER

“I’m not going there! My husband is the real singer in the family.”

FASHION TIME MACHINE

Sparkly or sleek? Ruffles or flowers? If history’s any indication, these nominated stars will light up the red carpet

CARRIE

2007

BADGLEY MISCHKA

2008

ZUHAIR MURAD

2010

EDITION BY GEORGES CHAKRA

2012

GOMEZ-GRACIA

PINK

2002

2003

2007

HERVE LEGER

2010

TONY WARD COUTURE

KATY

2009

BASIL SODA

2010

ZAC POSEN

2011

GIORGIO ARMANI

2012

ELIE SAAB HAUTE COUTURE

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