David Wild has written for the GRAMMY Awards since 2001. He is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, a blogger for Huffington Post and an Emmy-nominated TV writer. Wild's most recent book, He Is…I Say: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Neil Diamond, is now in paperback. He is currently working on a new book with Brad Paisley called Diary Of A Player, to be released later this year. Follow him on Twitter @wildaboutmusic.
Thank all 26.66 million of you for watching the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards and reminding the rest of the world that despite any nay-saying, our shared passion for music remains stronger than ever. I would thank each and every one of you personally, but that could take until next year's show. In the end, it takes a big village to make Music's Biggest Night, and all of you who watch are important and respected parts of that village, too.
Thank you for doing the right thing and buying music during and after the show. It's great to see so many GRAMMY participants rising so quickly and dramatically at iTunes and Amazon, and anywhere else people do the right thing and pay for music. On Monday, I also went to my favorite local record store — and yes, Virginia, some still exist — and was happy to hear that people were already coming in and asking for Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Esperanza Spalding, the Avett Brothers, and others who brought so much great music to our show.
Thank you to Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, and Martina McBride, as well as Greg Phillinganes and LL Cool J for coming together and sending out a whole freeway of love to the great Aretha Franklin.
Thank you, Jim Henson. Even though you're gone now, the enduring magic of your creative vision lived on memorably in Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow's kick-a** band on Sunday night. Those puppets were almost as furry and adorable as Mumford & Sons.
Thank you, Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger for gracing our GRAMMY stage. Come to think of it, Woodstock didn't get either of you, and we got you both.
Thank you, Raphael Saadiq — you and your brilliant band did so much to help Solomon Burke receive the soulful salute he deserved. Can't wait for your upcoming album Stone Rollin'.
Thank you, Rihanna for waving back at my young sons during dress rehearsal. Also, for the outfits.
Thank you to Esperanza Spalding and all of our Best New Artist nominees for being a part of our night — Justin Bieber, Mumford & Sons, Drake, and Florence Welch. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of all of you.
Thank you, Lady Antebellum, for being with us — if you weren't there, who would have given all the acceptance speeches?
Thank you, Lady Gaga, for coming out of your shell/egg/pod and being a part of our show, and for expressing yourself as only you can.
Thank you, Jamie Foxx, for keeping the FCC off your a** and mine, but walking right up to the line, and then gracefully sashaying back to safety.
Thank you to all our performers and presenters — you and your talents make the show what it is each year.
Thank you to everybody at The Recording Academy, Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette for giving me the honor of being backstage each year for Music's Biggest Night. I hope to see you all in about 364 more nights.