Backstage At Grammy

Backstage At The 50th Grammy Awards

Fergie, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Cyndi Luper, Tina Turner, etc., Get Grammy Goodies



The Grammys hit a major milestone, the 50th anniversary of the music world’s biggest event. So the annual awards presentation pulled out all the stops to salute the greatest in all areas of the recording industry.

There was a lot of excitement backstage at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, prior to the CBS broadcast (Sunday, Feb. 10). A lot of major music stars showed up early for rehearsals so they could catch Tina Turner performing. The fabulous Fergie performing with John Legend was also a must-see for everyone in the arena.

Fergie, nominated for “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” was thrilled with the opportunity to duet with Legend. “Just when I think my life can’t get any better, something else comes along,” the “Duchess” reported, referring to her relationship with Josh Duhamel as well.

Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli, plus John Fogerty, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis singing together were among the other great moments that caused the greats and the near-greats to stop dead in their tracks backstage and just savor the magic of the moment.

The fresh-faced talented cast of the movie Across the Universe teamed with the Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas Mirage show “LOVE” troupe to showcase the Beatles music in a breathtaking tribute.

Who was around for the Grammys? Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Cyndi Lauper, and a lot of other “girls who just wanna to have fun,” including Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Feist, Nelly Furtado, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin. And country music’s latest little darling, the platinum-selling Taylor Swift, up for Best New Artist, who considers Carrie Underwood, last year’s Best New Artist, to be the greatest star created by American Idol and a great role model.

Among the guys having the most fun were comic George Lopez, who had the best-selling comedy album “America’s Mexican,” and country star Dierks Bentley, who scored big on the country charts this year with “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” and “What Was I Thinking.”

Yes, the biggest stars were part of the Grammys gala, and all the performers and presenters got the greatest goodie bags on record for the Recording Academy’s celebration.

For the ninth consecutive year, Distinctive Assets put together the official 50th Annual Grammy® Awards gift bags and talent lounge, with style and panache.

Distinctive Assets, an LA-based entertainment marketing company, collaborated with the Recording Academy to produce the official Talent Gift Bags and Gift Lounge, at LA’s Staples Center.


In addition to the Grammy Talent Lounge presented by Kinerase, there’s the most coveted Grammy Gift Bag coordinated by Distinctive Assets.

The exclusive Grammy Gift Bag, sponsored by Sennheiser Electronics, overflows with items from companies such as River Bend Candle Company, Jimmyland Corporation, Tozzi, The Sports Club/LA, N8B, Cuba Beverages, 3121 Fragrance Inspired by Prince, Kilo Kai Spiced Rum, Politeed, TESHUB, Keggy, ColorOn Professional, Be! Products, Bling Yourself, The Sisterhood Boutique, Magical Voice Productions, Grant Dawson Collections, AG Hair Cosmetics, Skinny Water, Pacific Dental Care, Nutrifit, Sennheiser Electronics, and many more.

“It’s gratifying to be part of this milestone event since Distinctive Assets and the swag industry, as it is now known, were launched at the Grammys eight years ago,” reports Lash Fary, CEO of Distinctive Assets. “This year we endeavor to outdo ourselves in honor of the Grammys 50th anniversary. From basics and returning favorites, to novelty and luxury items, we pulled out all the stops to dazzle the talent with fabulous gifts.”

The Grammy Talent Lounge (designed by J. Gatsby Events), presented by Kinerase and featuring Xbox Rock Band, opened for rehearsals before the big awards event. Presenters and performers had the opportunity to scoop up gifts such as designer eyewear from Solstice Sunglass Boutique, guitars from Gibson, and iPod accessories from iHome.

Watches from Croton Watch, vodka from Snow Queen, flight and road cases from Procase, gemstone cosmetics from Rituals Cosmetics, handbags from The Sak, custom game sets from Drawknife Billiards, the Soundcage from Sonomax, Brazilian sandals from Havaianas, commemorative jackets from Dickies, bed linens from Bellora Hospitality, accessories from CECELIA, jeans from Anarchy Denim, Xbox’s newest game Rock Band, and much more.

In addition, each star received a gift set from Kinerase, featuring Kinerase Cream for improving skin tone and the appearance of aging and sun damage. Great for the rock’n’rollers who want to stay forever young– just like the Beatle’s timeless music heard “Across The Universe.” Rock on!

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years. Frank Barron was the editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they contributed to numerous publications.