Everything You Didn't See on TV at the Grammy Awards

What really happened in the Staples Center when the cameras weren't rolling?

By Lena Grossman Feb 11, 2019 5:15 AMTags
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Music's biggest night is here!

The 2019 Grammys ventured back to the West Coast this year after a brief stint at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

The Voice coach Alicia Keys took center stage at the Staples Center as the host of the 61st annual show. Some big names who performed tonight included Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone and more. On Feb. 4, E! News confirmed that the ultra popular K-pop band BTS will be among the presenters at the Grammys, which caused much fanfare among their massive fan base. They made their red carpet debut and gushed about their wonderful fan base.

The Grammy Awards honor music that was released between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018 so, just like every year, the nomination categories are stacked with talent. Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's hit song "I Like It" goes against the likes of Drake's "God's Plan," Childish Gambino's "This Is America," Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's "Shallow" and more for Record of the Year. We can expect to see the A Star Is Born co-stars performing the nominated song, which they practiced live a few weeks ago during a surprise duet in Las Vegas at one of Gaga's Enigma shows.

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While there's always something to talk about inside the show (hello Blue Ivy Carter urging her parents Beyonce and Jay-Z to chill), there's a ton to discuss in terms of red carpet moments, too. For starters, let's talk about Cardi B's absolutely iconic outfit and her PDA-filled moment with her husband, Offset.

Bebe Rexha also looked flawless in a red ruffled gown and made quite the statement. The entire red carpet was filled with nonstop head-turning moments!

The 2019 Grammys are sure to be filled with a ton of noteworthy moments, so E! News has got you covered with everything you didn't see on TV.

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CeeLo Green and his date arrived at the show decked out in all sparkles and made their way through the Staples Center crowd together. In a sweet fan-girl moment, Miley Cyrus' godmother Dolly Parton raised her hands in the air while the "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" singer performed alongside Shawn Mendes.

Tracee Ellis Ross also busted out her best moves during Miley and Shawn's beautiful performance and rocked out in the front row of the show.

Jennifer Lopez channeled her inner Lady Gaga at the Grammys and donned a gorgeous Ralph and Russo light blue dress and hat. She and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez just celebrated their 2-year anniversary and were seen holding hands while walking down the aisle at the Staples Center. They were surrounded by a huge entourage.

Lady Gaga, who had just won the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, danced along to Janelle Monae's performance, too. She even got everyone else in her row to get up and start dancing, including Mark Ronson!

Host Alicia Keys' husband Swizz Beatz chatted with Key's mom at one point and shared a huge laugh.

Meghan Trainor and her husband Daryl Sabara bopped along to Post Malone's set that he did with Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other attendees who loved Posty's performance include Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross and Miguel and his wife Nazanin Mandi.


Katy Perry brought out a Hello Kitty mirror to check her makeup before getting ready to perform with Kacey Musgraves.

Dolly Parton received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd. Her songs even got BTS up and dancing in their seats. Billy Ray Cyrus and Noah Cyrus showed off their moves too, especially in support of Miley Cyrus, who joined Dolly onstage.

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner finally made their grand entrance at the show. The Kylie Cosmetics owner rolled up in a light pink Balmain Couture pantsuit with Jimmy Choo shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Scott had on a Saint Laurent blazer.

The crowd at the Grammys absolutely loved H.E.R.'s performance, too, and understandably so. Swizz Beatz, Robin Thicke, Ricky Martin and Chloe and Halle were dancing to the words during her set.

Sisters Noah and Miley Cyrus rocked out to Lady Gaga's "Shallow." Miley seemed the know every word to the song and stood with her arm linked in Noah's.

When Post Malone returned to his seat after his time onstage, he took a selfie with a seat filler and then handed someone sitting near him some money. Unsurprisingly, he had a drink in his hand.

Later on in the show, the Grammys host gave a spectacular mash up on songs, which she sang not long after Cardi B's epic performance that involved twerking on a piano and much more. Keys watched Cardi's entire act and waved her hands in the air while doing so.

The "No One" singer stunned the crowd while she played not one, but two pianos! Her husband was loving every moment, just like everyone else in the crowd. When she finished the medley of songs, Keys jumped up and down backstage with some of her crew. Her entire band cheered and celebrated with her, too.

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Diana Ross put on a spectacle that had the entire Staples Center on its feet and cheering. Her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross greeted her with a huge hug afterwards and the iconic singer was swarmed by people.

Kylie stood up and cheered for the ASTROWORLD rapper during his performance. Grammy winner Drake also showed his love for the fellow rapper. It also looked like Travis lost his shoe at one point inside the cage, but someone grabbed it and threw it to him before he went backstage.

Like other award shows of the past, A-Rod looked like his girlfriend J.Lo's biggest fan as she sang beautifully onstage during the Motown tribute. He had a huge smile on his face and nodded his head along to the music. He gave everyone around him hugs when it was all over. Similarly, Maren Morris got up out of her seat and swayed to the songs. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Post Malone looked a little bored during the tribute and sat sipping his drink.

Cardi B made history when she won Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy and looked shocked onstage. Offset held onto her and embraced her offstage. Lady Gaga gave Cardi a huge hug on her way back to her seat and  they took some photos together. While this was happening, Offset took pics with Jaden Smith.

Once back in their seats, Offset put his arm around his wife and they two snuggled up a bit during Brandi Carlile's performance. At one point, the Migos rapper kissed her shoulder.

Dua Lipa took home the trophy for Best New Artist, and Gaga was here for it. She cheered super loud for the "New Rules" singer and blew kisses at her after Lipa's speech got cut off at the end. Around this same time, Post Malone got up and ran through the aisle. 

Posty truly seemed to be having the most fun of the night. He shared a huge bear hug with Swizz Beatz and the music producer whispered something into Malone's ear. The "White Iverson" artist got onstage after the show with a cigarette in his hand and took lots of photos with fans. The Joanne artist also stood onstage and high-fived fans.

What a night! This year's show was filled with talented musical acts, tributes and more. Make sure to check out the complete list of winners here.

-Reporting by Alli Rosenbloom and Amanda Williams

(This article was originally published on Feb. 10 at 8:00 a.m.)