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Guest blogger David Anderson offers news and notes from the Grammys.

LL Cool J began the 2014 Grammys with his famous lyric, “Mama said knock you out ...”

Mama was right … It was a night of knock outs. Here’s a quick, quirky recap from the Staples Center press room where Delta Sky toiled, tweeted and interviewed the winners … (See our tweets from the night and find out why Queen Latifah might now be called Commish Latifah.)

  • The pre-telecast hands out the majority of the Grammys. It takes place across the street from the Staples Center at the Nokia Theatre. Cyndi Lauper acted as the master of ceremonies and her irreverent delivery made the laborious task of handing out 72 awards in 120 minutes enjoyable. A majority of the winners were not available to accept awards (they were most likely across the street at the Staples Center preparing for the live telecast), so Lauper would take it upon herself to accept the award on their behalf, adding comments in her signature lilt such as: “They really want to thank their mothers …” Time after time, she’s still relevant and fun.
  • Not all of the winners visit the press room. Macklemore, Lorde and the French robots were a few of the many that never showed. But over the moon first time winners did, such as Jennifer Gasoi, the French Canadian who won for Best Children’s Album. She reminded us that Canada continues to produce the best children albums—Raffi, anyone? He’s a Canuck.
  • In an age of downloaded albums, I had no idea they still gave a Grammy for album packaging but Sarah and Shauna Dodds won for their recording package of Long Night Moon. What set them apart? The album comes with a UV light to reveal codes printed in glow-in-the-dark ink. Very cool.
  • Ozzy Osbourne mumbled during his press interview. The translators are still decoding Ozzy's answer to his favorite Beatles song. Although, he did acknowledge that he “f’d-up” his intro of Ringo during the telecast.
  • From Macklemore to Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear and Dave Grohl, Seattle really represented at the Grammys and won. This city still rocks and now they rap and they also might win a Super Bowl. Delta explores this powerful city in Sky in March. Don't miss it.
  • Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy said the actual Grammy gramophone award is made by a small family business and made out of grammium, a unique metal.

Delta's Pre-Grammy Bash


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About Sarah Elbert

Sarah Elbert

As executive editor of Delta Sky, Sarah Elbert lassos the best writers she can find to cover the world—as well as contributing some prose of her own. Before coming to Sky, Sarah was editorial director of magazines including Northwest WorldTraveler and Carlson Wagonlit Travel's Postcards. She has been a newspaper editor, a freelance writer and an Associated Press reporter, riding with the White House travel pool (back in the Clinton days) and covering everything from natural disasters to a cat kidney transplant. Sarah has written for The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Sun—but not the NY Daily News. She now lives in Minneapolis, which she finds lovely and underrated, but does occasionally miss Manhattan and the Staten Island Ferry. Sarah would like to think she could again go backpacking across Europe, and she still loves to travel, but she knows that train has left the station. It's just so much quicker to fly.

About Deborah Caulfield Rybak

Deborah Caulfield Rybak

Senior editor Deborah Caulfield Rybak interviewed the Who’s Who of Hollywood during her years as an entertainment industry reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She still prefers writing about the arts to almost any other journalistic activity, so it’s a good thing we’ve got her on that beat at Sky. She’s pocketed numerous journalism awards and co-written three books.

But that’s just her journalistic cred: she’s also worked as an FM deejay in Aspen, a speechwriter in Washington and an environmental film festival director in Colorado. She considers herself happiest when she’s out of town—and out of cellphone range. She’s hitchhiked across Kenya, spent the night atop a pyramid in Central America, hovered face-to-mandible with giant manta rays during a night dive in Hawaii and hiked the High Atlas mountains in Morocco. Still left on her to do list: Bhutan and marlin fishing.

About Liz Doyle

Liz Doyle

After a few years navigating the trenches of New York's fashion scene as a stylist assistant at Harpers Bazaar, fashion editor Liz Doyle is excited to be back in her childhood hometown of Minneapolis. When she isn't scouting the latest trends in fashion and travel, she moonlights at a local Parisian brasserie where she says "welcome" and "enjoy" a lot and occasionally tries to improve her French. Though her foray to the editorial side of the magazine industry is a new one, she welcomes the challenge and can't wait to see what this new adventure holds.

About Amanda Welshons

Amanda Hoffstrom

Associate online editor Amanda Welshons maintains the web and social media presence of Delta Sky. She enjoys using new media and exploring how different platforms enhance the reader experience. Based in Minneapolis, Amanda has several destinations on her bucket list including London, Paris and Sydney. She just spent a blissful week in St. Lucia for her honeymoon, and can't wait for upcoming trips to Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and New York. When she’s not in the office, she's a pop culture junkie, soaking up as many movies, television shows and magazines as possible.