Grammy Nominations Concert: Things You Didn't See on TV

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The night was on fire at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis opened the show. Then Taylor Swift dazzled on stage and Keith Urban and Miguel gave a soulful performance. Backstage at the Grammy nominations concert, the action moved equally as fast as some of music’s biggest names stopped by to say hello. Here’s the dish on 7 things you didn’t see or hear on TV.

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1. Melissa Etheridge was the first to come backstage and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ best song nomination for “Same Love” was on her mind, as the song has become a gay rights anthem. “When my daughter came to me and played me [“Same Love”], I thought, ‘This is my new favorite artist.’ And she plays ‘Same Love’ and I have to pull over. To hear that from that genre, from a straight kid from Seattle … I said, ‘It’s happened. We’ve crossed it, we’ve passed it.’ ”

2. When Soulful singer Miguel came backstage to talk about his two nominations, he expressed his appreciation en Español. After speaking in Spanish for a bit, the conversation then turned to his Latino roots. “My father is from … Mexico. He’s a U.S. citizen. He met my mother here and here I am. I grew up in Inglewood.” The singer/songwriter said that maybe he’ll tackle some music in Spanish on a future album. “Please have some paciencia,” he said with a big grin. “Is that how you say it?”

3. It was a sweet night of wins for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. “It feels awesome,” Macklemore said backstage. “We are doing a show across the street, Jingle Ball something,” he said, as he tried recalling the title of KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013, happening simoltaneously at the Staples Center. “We’re going to celebrate onstage and kick it.” For Lewis, it was a night to embrace the nominations: “There’s no greater award than the Grammy. To be here nominated for anything is pretty mind blowing.”

4. It was only "Love" for Mary Lambert. The Seattle-based artist was beaming as well for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love,” especially since she wrote and sings the song's emotional hook. “I think there was a point this year when I realized it’s not about ego. It’s a song that reflected where we are culturally. Also, [it’s about] not apologizing for being gay. I didn’t get any hate mail.”

5. Lorde -- a four-time nominee -- waited patiently for her turn to address the press. An entourage surrounded her, but the singer/songwriter kept her cool, sporting fab dark lipstick, as she watchedEnglish singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran finish his talk with journalists. When asked to sum up her year, the songstress said, “I don’t know how I can sum up the year. It’s been insane, but it’s probably out there with some of the best years of my life.”

6. Sporting a hoodie and looking chill, T.I. told us he was thrilled that he was asked to be part of "Blurred Lines," a record of the year nominee. “I’m just glad I was invited to the party,” he said. “I really just appreciate being invited to be part of this huge record. Everybody brought their A-game. They presented it to me and [I thought]. ‘Let me not just mess this up.’ I’m just happy to be here.”

7. As previously reported, Drake - who was originally scheduled to perform at the nominations concert -- was a no show. Recording President/CEO Neil Portnow was asked about why Drake dropped out of the show. “Artists and their careers,” he said. “Things change. We had a plan to go forward. They had some changes in the plans. It was one of those things, kind of last minute that just didn’t play [out]. It was very amicable and we hope we can see them in January.”

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