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EmptyWith Alison Krauss' five Grammys on the night, she now has an astonishing 26 total Grammy wins. It makes her the most-winning woman of all time (a title she even held before tonight's haul) — and is one behind Quincy Jones' living record of 27. "I'm still amazed I get to do this for a living," she says. (The most ever wins is 31, from late conductor Georg Solti.)
Backstage, Krauss, Robert Plant and T Bone Burnett were jubilant: "Yes, we're doing another record!" Burnett yelled. Plant's only hint was that some of the songs were in the key of E.
And will Led Zep tour? "How old are you, man?" Plant asked. "Because you look older than me. You try to do 'Communication Breakdown' in these pants."
The late George Carlin's daughter Kelly Carlin-McCall accepted a Grammy for Best Comedy Album on behalf of her father, for "It's Bad for Ya." She promised to take care of the trophy better than her father did in 1972, when he won his first Grammy and, "in a chemically-induced altered state, took it apart, to point that the Academy had to send him a new one."
Whitney Houston's performance at a Recording Academy party honoring Clive Davis was on everyone's lips backstage. "Whitney Houston rocked the house," said Herbie Hancock. "Whitney is back," echoed Mary Mary's Tina Campbell. Said Yolanda Adams, "We are constantly praying for her. My joy is that the world saw that you don't have to stay in the shape you're in. You can move up."
Carrie Underwood visibly shook onstage in accepting her Grammy for best female country vocal performance for "Last Name." Underwood says being nervous, even after having won so many awards, is a good thing. "I hope that stays around, too," she said. "If you're nervous, it means you care."
What does Paul McCartney think about the Beatles' body of work? "I think it's fine," McCartney said backstage. Just … fine? "I'm kind of amazed we did it, because we were kids." His most successful song, in his view? "Yesterday," which has been covered endlessly. "I woke up one morning, and I had dreamed it," said McCartney of writing the song. "I don't know where it came from … I believe in magic."
Compiled by Billboard's Ayala Ben-Yehuda, Ann Donahue and Gail Mitchell