2009 Grammy Awards

51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
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Singer Keyshia Cole arrives at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards wearing a La Perla Couture gown and YSL shoes. The star dishes on the red carpet that she is working on designing a bra line and collaborating with MAC Cosmetics on a new lipstick.

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Don’t “Blame It” on Jamie Foxx for good looks running in the family. The actor/singer escorts darling daughter Corrine, 15, to the show.

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Solange glows in a flirty frock in canary at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

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Fantasia shimmers and shines as she heads inside the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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It was an emotional night for Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, 27, who took home her first Grammy for Best R&B album. The star looked lovely showing off her slimmer figure.

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One time Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett arrives at the Grammys in a sultry pink minidress with a sparkling crystal collar. Luckett will drop her second studio album, “Lady Love,” on April 7.

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Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Maiysha took a huge fashion risk wearing this silk metallic printed jumper. The rising singer has said she grew up listening and singing to Chaka Khan, Donna Summer and Natalie Cole.

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Singer-songwriter Natalie Cole makes her way inside the 51st Annual Grammy Awards wearing a sexy one-shoulder silk gown that elongated her tall frame. Cole took home the Grammy for best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Still Unforgettable.”

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Ethiopian-born and D.C.-based artist Wayna looks red-carpet ready in a mauve-toned silk chiffon halter gown with brown embossed bodice. The independent soul artist was nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Her second album, “Higher Ground,” was a Billboard chart topper.

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Anthony Hamilton and wife Tarsha McMillan take a walk on the wild side for the 2009 Grammys.

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Choosing this neutral-toned one-shoulder tulle and lace cocktail dress, TV personality Janelle Snowden made a red-carpet missstep.

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Swagger-having T.I. was dapper as usual on the red carpet. The Atlanta rapper performed twice on the show.

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British R&B star Estelle takes it back to the future in this sliver number by Bernard Chandran with Halston peep-toe booties. Estelle picked up a Grammy for Best Rap Sung Collaboration with Kanye West for their song “American Boy.”

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Showing of her curves, singer Leona Lewis kept her pretty smile throughout the night even though she did not take home the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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Usually one to sparkle on the red carpet, singer Jordin Sparks did not hit her most stylish high note in this black and white embroidered strapless gown. The print overpowered her youthful elegance.

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Billie Holiday-esque pop and jazz singer Chrisette Michele, nominated for Best Urban Alternative Performance, was far from red-carpet ready, taking an alternative approach to glam with a lacy black button-downed dress that did not flatter her curvaceous figure.

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Eric Benét, nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, makes his way inside the show with his girlfriend, Manuella, left, and daughter India.

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Best Urban/Alternative Performance nominee Janelle Monáe brings the style as only she can.

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Chris Tucker and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are smooth and shaded on the Grammy red carpet. We definitely approve of an action-packed comedy from the duo.

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Ne-Yo continues his reign as the gentleman after picking up two awards at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

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Mary Mary graciously accepts their Grammy for Best Gospel Performance for “Get Up” at the pre-telecast awards, where 100 of the 110 awards were announced.

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A gorgeous Whitney Houston presents the first award to Jennifer Hudson for Best R&B Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, after acknowledging her mentor, Clive Davis.

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“I first would like to thank God who has brought me through. I would like to thank my family in heaven and those who are with me today,” says a tearful Jennifer Hudson as she accepted her Grammy.

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Soul legend Al Green shows Justin Timberlake how its done as they perform Green’s classic jam “Let’s Stay Together” during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

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Jennifer Hudson brought many to tears with an emotional performance of “You Pulled Me Through.”

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Kanye West and Estelle rock the crowd with their hit song “American Boy” before presenting the award for Best New Artist. West made light of the fact neither had been nominated for the award.

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Presenter Morgan Freeman gets a warm welcome during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

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Making a new record for Grammy performances, Stevie Wonder serenades the crowd with his hit “Superstitious” with help from the Jonas Brothers.

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Queen Latifah is radiant as she brings hip-hop all-stars Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I. and Lil Wayne to the Grammy stage for a smoldering performance of “Swagger Like Us.”

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T.I., Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne captivate the crowd with a special performance of “Swagger Like Us.”

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In a surprise performance with Coldplay, Jay-Z blazes through his rhymes during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, proving retirement is far from his mind.

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Smokey Robinson, center, brings the spirit of Motown with new school singers Jamie Foxx, left and Ne-Yo.

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Rapper Lil Wayne accepts the Best Rap So
Rapper Lil Wayne accepts the Best Rap Solo Performance award during the 51st annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009.

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51st Annual GRAMMY Awards – Show
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Rapper T.I. performing onstage at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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51st Annual Grammy Awards – Pre-Telecast Show
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Recording Academy Chair Jimmy Jam speaks during the 51st Annual Grammy awards pre-telecast show held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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Terence Blanchard holds the Best Jazz In
Terence Blanchard holds the Best Jazz Instrumental Solo award for his work ‘Be-Bop’ during the pre-telecast presentation of the 51st annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009.

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51st Annual Grammy Awards – Arrivals
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Rapper Jay Z arrives at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.