"I'd like to give a message to the young people of America: That is, we'll continue to abuse our position and (bleep) up the mainstream.'
U2's Bono (unbleeped on the East Coast)
"I'd like to thank the announcer for not swearing. I was told you could not say that word. My monologue would have been much funnier.'
Host Garry Shandling
"Frank never did like rock 'n' roll, and he's not crazy about guys with earrings.'
Bono, presenting a Grammy Legend award to Sinatra
"That's the best welcome I ever had.'
"We got a call from Lorena Bobbitt who said, "Even I wouldn't have cut off Frank Sinatra." '
Shandling, after Sinatra's speech was abruptly ended
"Don't play me off now.'
Aretha Franklin, accepting her Legend award
"We'd like for everybody to think about the people right outside this door who're homeless as you sit in these $900- and $300-seats. They're out there not eating at all.'
Digable Planets' Butterfly
"The glorification of violence and substance abuse and the bashing of those who are different than us . . . serves nobody's interest.'
Michael Greene, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
"Not one of the following performers has ever been arrested, indicted or even in a fight.'
Shandling, introducing classical musicians
"Grammy nomination boys, hear our litany / There's more to rock 'n' roll than Mariah and Whitney.'
Women rockers outside protesting this year's elimination of the best female rock vocalist category