Atlantans attending the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night spent half of the evening Tweeting, texting, sending photos and delivering scoop to Intel.
But we weren’t exactly complaining.
The live telecast from the Staples Center got off to a rousing start with a musical mash up starring Peachtree Road resident Sir Elton John and singer-songwriter Lady GaGa.
The theatrically made up pair at dueling pianos appeared as if they survived an atomic bomb blast just prior to showtime.
Atlanta’s own Zac Brown Band took home the Grammy for Best New Artist as local fans threaten to crash Twitter and Facebook while posting a flurry of congratulations.
Atlanta singer Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, meanwhile, took the stage with Bon Jovi to belt out a few bars of the fan-selected “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
How bad was the gridlock getting into the Staples Center? Atlanta’s Red Clay PR maven Jamie Annarino reported to Intel that even the Jonas Brothers were forced to hoof it into the venue as traffic slowed to a trickle outside. Even better, she snapped photographic evidence and emailed it to us.
Atlanta’s Ne-Yo took the stage with Jamie Foxx at a circus-themed after party early Monday morning.
Grammy weekend attendees Jenn Hobby and Jessica and Jeff Dauler of Q100’s Bert Show were spotted mingling at Wonderland. Hobby, meanwhile, hobbled straight from the parties early Monday to report in via live broadcast beamed back to listeners here.
Michele Rhea Caplinger, the executive director of Grammys’ Atlanta chapter reported to Intel the pre-party to be at was held at new Los Angeles nightspot, Wonderland.
Atlanta Grammy winner Bryan Michael Cox was there hanging with Atlanta songwriter Kendrick Dean.
Among the celebs in attendance: Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry and her “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” actor fiance Russell Brand.
Alas, two-time Grammy winner and Atlanta R&B and gospel singer Ann Nesby failed to add to her trophy collection Sunday night.
The former Sounds of Blackness member looked fabulous, however, posing for pictures with pop star/aerialist Pink.
Tweeted Nesby to fans: “Thanx 2 everyone that supported my Grammy nominations. Didn’t win again this year but thank God 4 the opportunity 2 B recognized. Love Ms. Ann.”
Backstage, the singer also passed along word to us that we owe her a bowl of our famous potato salad to make up for the lack of Grammy hardware.
The potatoes are on boiling, Miss Ann.