Grammys 2023: Taylor Swift's hushed convo with ex Harry Styles, more juicy moments not seen on TV
LOS ANGELES — Let's be real: If you only watched the Grammy Awards on TV, there's a lot you missed.
Sure, you saw Beyoncé become the most awarded artist in Grammys history. And you saw Harry Styles clinch album of the year, a shocking result for the BeyHive who thought she had that category in the bag. And you saw Bonnie Raitt's jaw drop after her stunning win for song of the year.
But there's a lot of juicy celebrity moments that didn't make it on TV. That's where we come in.
USA TODAY had eyes, ears and even binoculars inside the live broadcast, on the red carpet and backstage. Here are all the juicy highlights from Sunday night.
Taylor Swift gets half-hug from ex Harry Styles, speaks in hushed tones
In typical awards show fashion, the celebrity seating area turned into an A-list schmooze-fest the second the broadcast hit a commercial break
James Corden weaved between tables, chatting up Olivia Rodrigo, who also took some time to talk to SZA. Adele and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson continued to banter long after host Trevor Noah introduced them during his opening segment, and Lizzo and Adele looked like they had an absolute ball, cracking each other up throughout the night.
The event also saw a reunion between two former lovebirds. During Steve Lacy's performance of "Bad Habit," Taylor Swift made her way over to Styles, whom she reportedly dated from about 2012 to 2013. (Earlier in the night, Swift jammed out to Styles' performance of "As it Was.")
Taylor Swift also made her way over to Harry Styles’ table for a quick convo 👀 Wish I could read lips #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/sYZn9wcWw6
— Charlie Trepany (@CTrepany) February 6, 2023
The two chatted by Styles' table, with the former One Direction member putting his arm around her and greeting her with a half-hug when she made her way over to him. After about a minute of smiling and talking, the two parted, with Swift returning to her table where she sat with her frequent collaborator, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff.
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After Beyoncé clinched the title of most awarded artist in Grammys history following her win for best electronic/dance album, celebrities swarmed her table, where she sat with her husband Jay-Z.
Julius de Boer, the couple's longtime body guard, stood stoically beside the power couple for nearly the entire night — and looked wide-eyed as the mob of A-listers descended on their table.
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Adele, Lizzo, Bad Bunny and Jack Harlow were among those in the crowd awaiting an audience with Queen Bey. At one point, de Boer shooed away a photographer who attempted to capture pictures amid the chaos.
Still, the vibes stayed celebratory. Jay-Z raised a toast with another attendee, and Adele snapped a picture with a fellow guest while she waited. At one point in the night, de Boer cracked open a bottle of champagne for the couple and broke into a near sprint to help Beyoncé down the steps in front of the stage after her acceptance speech.
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Some stars, like Swift, got up and danced to nearly every performance. Other stars sat comfortably back in their seats, bobbing their heads along to the music.
The Grammy for most enthusiastic dancer definitely goes to Taylor Swift! #Grammys pic.twitter.com/NlFIvJI8hJ
— Charlie Trepany (@CTrepany) February 6, 2023
But one performance that got everyone up on their feet was the 50th-anniversary hip-hop tribute that included Salt-N-Pepa, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and Busta Rhymes, among many others.
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Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Adele and even Jay-Z went hard dancing, waving arms and bouncing up and down. DJ Khaled ran up from his table to the front of the stage steps to wave a lighter, and, as the set finished, Machine Gun Kelly, who attended with fiancée Megan Fox, could be seen standing on a chair, despite being well over six feet tall.
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Harry Styles 'overwhelmed' backstage after shocking album of the year win
A sheepish Styles, sporting a fashionable combo of a short glitter top under a cream jacket and pants, admitted feeling “overwhelmed” in the press room after scoring the biggest win of the night (album of the year for “Harry’s House,” which also won best pop vocal album).
Many speculated Beyoncé would finally win album of the year for her lauded “Renaissance." Styles gave a diplomatic answers when asked how he felt about winning, despite the groundswell for Beyoncé.
“You never know with this stuff, but you can’t look at any of the nominees and not feel like they’re not deserving,” he said. “When I look at this category I see all people who have inspired me at different times. I’m really grateful (the Recording Academy) chose us.”
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Bonnie Raitt 'going to go cry now' after heartwarming song of the year win
A visibly shocked Raitt, 73, felt humbled by her song of the year win for “Just Like That.” While she said she couldn’t choose her favorite among the other nominees, she did allow that, “Adele’s vocal breaks my heart. I love Harry (Styles). Lizzo… come on. I love all of those records.”
Raitt kept up the gratitude as she turned to leave. “I’m so lucky to do this for a living…I’m going to go cry now.”
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Trans pop star Kim Petras hopes people 'judge less' after historic win
German-born singer Kim Petras, a breakout pop star thanks to her appearance on Sam Smith's electropop hit "Unholy," made Grammys history when she won the award for best pop duo/group performance, becoming the first transgender woman to win the category.
In the press room, the “brrr” singer reflected on what her win could mean to LGBTQ youth.
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“I just think people need to judge less, and I hope there’s a future where gender identity and all these labels don’t matter this much,” Petras said. “It was a big struggle for me growing up, and I hope kids who saw this, who feel they don’t belong and don’t have a place in society, feel inspired that you can be yourself and get rewarded for your talent rather than your gender or sexuality.”
Celebs brought the heat... but the red carpet stayed freezing
It was a warm, sunny day, but press, photographers and crew struggled to feel that warmth on the red carpet.
The Recording Academy put up a tent in front of the Crypto.com Arena with air conditioning in order to keep the carpet area cool; however, this worked a little too well, and the temperature inside the tent dropped to 49 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Reporters donned coats to keep warm, and some even shared outerwear. Thankfully, as soon as reporters stepped out from under the tent, they met the warmth of the California sun.
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