Photos: Stars Came Out for Grammy Nominations Concert
Bruno Mars speaks onstage during The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

You may think you saw it all on the Grammy Nominations Concert, but the nominees had more to share backstage. Here are four moments from behind the scenes.

Bruno Mars' Big Night

Bruno Mars couldn't wait to talk to reporters after notching his six nominations: the "Grenade" singer gave himself a beatbox intro on his way down the stairs and took the press stage with an exultant yell. Of all his nominations (which include Album of the Year for "Doo-Wops and Hooligans," he said it was the attention to "Grenade" that meant the most.


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"Especially Grenade, that's the song we worked the hardest on, that's our trophy right there," he said. "We're most proud of that one."

Though he wasn't shy about his success: "Was I expecting it?" he said after being asked about his wealth of nominations. "Uh, yeah! You think I'm doing this for fun?"

The singer then turned humble, praising Adele and Kanye West. "I'm a fan of all this music, so I'm trying to enjoy these little moments," he said. He also offered his dream collaboration: "Prince, for sure."


The Band Perry's Big Year

The hits keep coming for The Band Perry, who earned a Best New Artist nomination on Wednesday night.

"We flew into L.A. yesterday and got the great news that our album has been certified platinum," singer Kimberly Perry said backstage, before the band was whisked away to play an after party. "For us, it's been a ton of firsts. We started it out at the ACM Awards, got Best New Artist, just had the CMA Awards and took home three. We have a show coming up in February at the Ryman [Auditorium], which is our first headlining show in Nashville and we sold it out in 20 minutes. It's just been one thing after another."

But the Grammy nom was special for the sibling group, for whom watching the ceremony is a family affair.

"It kind of is like the Super Bowl, we would always make an event of it in our household," she said. "We would get a pizza, make an evening of it."

Jason Aldean's Big Break

It was a night of firsts (and seconds -- the country singer was joined by Ludacris on "Dirt Road Anthem" for their sophomore performance of the track) for Jason Aldean, as well.

"These are my first Grammy nominations, so I literally found out 15 minutes ago," he said backstage, looking the part in shredded jeans and a broad cowboy hat. "I'm flying pretty high right now."

He'll have plenty of time to relax before the February ceremony: "I'm taking about a month and a half off," he said.

Taraji P. Henson's Big Prediction

The actress, a presenter, was the rare Hollywood face at the evening of music, but Henson joked that she'd be contending herself soon enough.

"They'll have plenty of questions for me next year when I'm nominated for a Grammy," she said laughing. "We're still coming up with concepts so I'm taking suggestions."

But the actress assured the press that she was a "huge music person."

"I have over 10,000 songs on my iPod, I listen to everything." she said. "It was fun, I'm glad they called me!"

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