Carlos Santana could have used a wheelbarrow to cart off all the Grammys he won for Supernatural in 2000 – eight in all, including best rock album and album of the year. It was a huge comeback for Santana, who had won his last – and first – Grammy in 1989. “Please don’t wake me up,” he told PEOPLE at the ceremony.
Tina Turner’s triple Grammy win in 1985 was a particularly sweet victory: She had overcome an abusive marriage to Ike Turner and reinvented herself as a solo artist with her 1984 multiplatinum album Private Dancer. She won best female rock vocal performance for “Better Be Good to Me,” and best female pop vocal performance and record of the year for “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
LA VIDA RICKY
Ricky Martin’s explosive performance of “La Copa de la Vida” at the Grammys in 1999 rocketed the former Menudo member to superstardom. Madonna herself even got in on the action, sneaking up behind the singer and playfully covering his eyes during a press conference after his win for best Latin pop performance for “Vuelve.”
They won the best new artist award at the Grammys in 1990, but Milli Vanilli – Rob Pilatus (left) and Fabrice Morvan – were hiding a dark secret: They didn’t sing on their mulitplatinum debut, All or Nothing. Eight months later, their lip-synching was exposed, and the duo lost the Grammy and split up. In 1998, Pilatus died of a suspected drug and alcohol overdose.
KISS AND TELL
KISS fans surely rejoiced when all four original members of the band – (from left) Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley – joined Tupac Shakur onstage at the Grammys in 1996 to present the best new artist and best pop performance duo/group awards. It was the first time the four had appeared together in full regalia since Criss left the group in 1980.
Though Jennifer Lopez wasn’t up for any Grammys in 2000, she certainly would have won had there been a category for most jaw-dropping outfit. J.Lo first spotted the $15,000 palm-print silk chiffon dress created by designer Donatella Versace the previous year. “I had to have it,” she told Entertainment Tonight at the Grammys that year.
The unlikely pairing of Eminem and Elton John performing the rapper’s hit “Stan” at the Grammys in 2001 caused a stir: Protesters berated the openly gay Elton for teaming up with Eminem, whom they accused of being homophobic. But the performance went smoothly – even ending in an embrace – and Eminem closed out the night with a triple Grammy win.
THERE'S NO WILL
A jubilant DJ Jazzy Jeff beamed after accepting his award for best rap performance for “Parents Just Don’t Understand” at the Grammys in 1989, but his partner, Will Smith (a.k.a. The Fresh Prince), was conspicuously absent. Smith boycotted the ceremony to protest the fact that the award announcement for the first-ever rap category wasn’t televised.
While Bob Dylan was performing “Love Sick” at the Grammys in 1998, stage extra Michael Portnoy danced wildly for 35 seconds with the words “Soy Bomb” painted on his chest before being “escorted” offstage. “Soy Bomb is a dense, nutritional, transformational life explosion,” Portnoy told Entertainment Weekly in 1998. “That’s what I think music and art should be.” Um, okay.
Aretha Franklin proved herself worthy of the title “diva” in 1998 when, at the last minute, she stepped in for an ill Luciano Pavarotti to sing the aria “Nessun Dorma” — several octaves below her normal range — and brought the house down. It wasn’t her first time attempting opera; she had sung the song days before at a benefit concert, USA Today reported at the time.