A North Carolina couple has come forward to claim a $1 milion lottery prize the day before it was due to expire.

Yesterday, news spread that the winning lottery ticket had not been claimed and was due to expire today. Many thought the winner lost the ticket or forgot to check the numbers. Lottery winners have 180 days to claim their prizes.

But Erin and Raleigh Hill of North Carolina knew they had the winning ticket that they purchased in Stallings, near Matthews, in August 2010. They just weren't ready to come forward. So they kept the $1 million lottery ticket secreted in various places, including a Bible, a shoebox and, finally, a work locker.

Midafternoon Tuesday, the nervous couple knew they had to face "the hoopla." They drove to Raleigh to claim the Mega Million prize that was set to expire at 5 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

That brought an end of recent frantic searches by others through glove compartments, cupboards and wallets -- just in case they had the winning ticket.

The Hills each received a lump sum of $340,000 after taxes, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a statement.

According to Antiintellectual bitch, Beyonce is changing up her look drastically to reclaim the spotlight from her competition who have rendered her nearly irrelevant.

Let's face it, nobody is checking for Bey anymore - except for her fiercely loyal Stans who continue to hang onto hope that Beyonce/Sasha will make a dramatic comeback.

So, Chris Grant (Choreographer for Michael Jackson’s “This is it” Concert and Beyonce’s “I Am” Concert and good friend to me) revealed that he’s been working with Bey and that she’s changing up her look big time. He described it as her going “butch.” I was overly surprised then I was sad and then I was like, ”no more heels, big hair, and make up?” and then I was like, ”She better work!” lol.

Personally, I can't wait to see Bey's new look! I love to see beautiful women rocking the tailored menswear look. Not every Diva can pull that look off successfully. Anyone can dress like Bey in big hair and big heels. But in my opinion, a sexy woman is even sexier when she steps outside of her comfort zone.

Producer extraordinaire, Polow Da Don, said his mission was to save the ailing music industry. Well, he's not playing!

I LOVE Lloyd's new Polow-produced single, "Cupid"! It looks like the 25-year-old singer has another hit on his hands.

Lloyd gets struck with an arrow by “Cupid” on the new single from his fourth album King of Hearts, due April 19. On the Polow Da Don production, the ladies’ man coos about falling for his girl after Cupid makes him his target. “I don’t want to waste another moment/ It’s just me and you girl, and Cupid has done it again/ Got my head spinning around and around and around,” he sings over the sultry arrangement. Source

According to the NY Post's Page Six, singer Keri Hilson is among the very few in the music industry who believe Justin Bieber wuz robbed of his Best New Artist Grammy.

The gorgeous bottle blond told Page Six, "I really did think Justin would take Best New Artist."

As you know, the award went to gifted jazz artist Esperenza Spalding, 26 -- not to 16-year-old Bieber, who was the odds on favorite to win.

Esperanza's win sparked fury from the hard core Bieber fans who ran amok on the Internet, sending Esperenza's name trending on Twitter and hacking her Wikipedia page.

Hilson performed at the official Grammy after-party with the Roots and kicked back with Quincy Jones at Jimmy Iovine's party. Then she flew to NYC where she sat front row at yesterday's Diesel Black Gold show, as part of Fashion Week. Source

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Here is the trailer to the much-talked about indy movie 'Paparazzi Eye In The Dark', starring actress and friend to the blog, Syr Law.

You may recall Syr from Tyler Perry's "Diary Of A Mad Black Woman."

'Paparazzi Eye In The Dark' is a who done it mystery starring newcomer Van Vicker as the personal photographer to a Nollywood superstar, Mr. Max (Koby Maxwell), who gets caught up in a love triangle that tragically ends in death.

The low budget movie features a strikingly beautiful cast and hot music. If you live in Washington DC or Chicago, look out for Syr Law who will be in your area next week to attend private screenings of 'Paparazzi Eye In The Dark'.

Visit the movie's website for more info!

According to the NY Post's gossip column, Page SIX, leggy 46-year-old talk show Diva Wendy Williams is ready to show what she's got as a contestant on the wildly popular tv series 'Dancing With The Stars':

"The Wendy Williams Show" will go on hiatus while she participates next month. Ample-cleavaged Williams -- who would no doubt look great in the show's trademark sparkly outfits -- has been critical of other contestants on the dance competition, especially wooden Kate Gosselin,who she said "dances awkward and horrible." But towering at 5 feet, 11 inches without heels and with even bigger hair, Williams will need a powerful partner to whirl and twirl her. Her rep told us, "We have no confirmation on that." A rep for Williams' show said, "Production hasn't added any last-minute or unplanned hiatus days to the schedule."

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Rapper Lil Kim, 35, took to her Twitter page tonight and tweeted the following: "Thanks to you guys!! #lilkimblackfridaymixtape sold 113,000 copies in 28 hours which made me the #1 seller on paypal ever =) !!!"

She's referring to her new mixtape, Black Friday, which she posted on PayPal yesterday for sale at $10 a pop. If you do the math, that comes to a quick $1 million in cold hard cash.

I love Lil Kim, but I can't help but to think that she's stretching the truth a little bit to save face in light of the fact that newcomer Nicki Minaj snatched her crown and dipped with it.

And I'm not alone in my thinking.

"Hard to believe in one day Kimmy moved 113,000 mixtapes," wrote Elliot Wilson on his blog, RapRadar.com. "Six years ago it took a week for her last album, The Naked Truth to sell 109,000 copies."

Elliott also pointed out that fans who ante'd up the $10 couldn't download the mixtape right away. The physical mixtape will be mailed to them at a later date.

Blogger Karen Civil broke down the PayPal policy that protects the company from unscrupulous dope boys businessmen who might use the service to move weight across state lines electronically:

"For people not familiar with paypal. New business users can make up to at least 3K first day without the account being suspended.. Anything over.. [3K] paypal will suspend your account for suspicion of fraud."

Ergo, it is not possible for Lil Kim to have earned over $1 million in less than 28 hours like she says she did -- at least not on PayPal.

U.S. President Barack Obama dropped the 's' bomb during an afternoon press conference today. Obama was discussing his latest budget proposal, which was released yesterday. He inadvertently flubbed the words "lowest sh*t" when he meant to say "lowest share."

OBAMA: ".. bring annual domestic spending to its lowest sh*t -- lowest share to the economy since Dwight Eisenhower."

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Remember I told you kids awhile back that NFL star Chad Ochocinco had a young girlfriend who he is frequently seen in Atlanta with? And remember I told you from the beginning that the relationship between Chad, 33, and 'Basketball Wives' cast member Evelyn Lozada, 41, was manufactured for TV?

Well, it looks like I was right again. Chad's real girlfriend was a guest on Miss Jones' show on Philly's Power 99 radio station this morning, and she's allegedly 3 months with child!!

I can't confirm whether the woman on Miss Jones' show is Chad's girlfriend. But I'll update this post a little later with a pic of Chad's real girlfriend. Y'all gonna learn to listen to your auntie when I tell you something!

Loyal reader Atiya writes:

Hi Auntie Sandra:

Just wanted to start off by saying I love your blog and read it three times a day. Even though I don't always agree with your opinions, you are you and I can respect that. Just an update on Ochocinco, this morning one of Philly's best radio personalities, Miss Jones aka Jonesy on Power 99 fm, supposedly interviewed Chad's 19 year old girlfriend, Paige. The girl is pregnant and says what you have been saying all along, that their relationship is fake. Something for you to check out. Keep up your wonderful work.

Don't you wish your grandmother looked this HAWT in a string bikini?

Super sexy couple, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, spent Valentine's day soaking up the sun on the beach while on holiday in the Caribbean. Demi, 48, frolicked in the ocean, while Ashton, 33, read the book, "The Youth Pill: Scientists at the Brink of an Anti-Aging Revolution."

Ashton already knows the secret to why more and more young men are pursuing older women these days. You kids who think you're living, will eventually find out that life really begins after 40. :lol:

Photos: INFphoto.com/Fame Pictures

Photos: INF PHOTO/Fame Pictures

A CBS News LA affiliate is backing away from a previous statement on its website that said CBS2 and KCAL reporter Serene Branson had "no indication of serious medical problems" after she slurred her words live on air.

But Branson apparently suffered a TIA (transient ischemic attack, or mini-stroke) while broadcasting live on air a few hours after the Grammy's ended on Sunday.

KCAL-9 posted the statement on the station's website yesterday, saying Branson was examined on the scene by paramedics and then given a ride home by a colleague.

Viewers -- including a neurosurgeon -- immediately criticized CBS for diminishing what could be a potentially serious, career threatening illness for Branson.

Dr. John Krakauer, associate professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, told CBS News. "Frankly, I would have admitted her."

On Monday night, anchors for KCAL-9 clarified the station's previous statement:

They said Branson had suffered from "health related problems" but that she is feeling better. They also said that Branson "followed up with a visit to the doctor for medical tests" and hopes to be back on the air soon.

It was a Destiny's Child reunion as Sister Friends Beyonce, 29, Solange Knowles, 24, and former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, 30, were spotted leaving a restaurant after spending Valentine's Day together in Los Angeles yesterday. The girls were celebrating Kelly's 30th birthday. Beyonce, who wasn't scheduled to attend the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, showed up anyway out of the blue on Sunday -- alone.

Seating arrangements were hastily changed to accommodate her. Bey smiled and made small talk all night, but friends could tell something was amiss. Sources say Bey was "persistently sullen" and no one could get her to open up about what was wrong.

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Rapper T.I. made Valentine's Day a very special one for his kids and their classmates yesterday.

According to his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, and the mother of two of his sons, LaShon Dixon -- T.I. ordered special Valentine's Day cupcakes delivered to his son's school for their classmates to enjoy. LaShon is the mother of T.I.'s sons Domani and Messiah.

Both Tiny and LaShon tweeted about the cupcakes, but Twitter being what it is, the tweets came out a little confusing.

At first it seemed as if LaShon (whose Twitter name is @LaShonDixon) tweeted Tiny that T.I. sent her cupcakes for Valentine's Day. Then Tiny (@TinyMajorMama) retweeted LaShon's tweet, which only added to the confusion.

Knowing how messy some bloggers can be, your auntie tweeted Tiny asking for clarification. Tiny and LaShon, who follow each other on Twitter, quickly cleared up the confusion:

LaShon attributed the confusion to her being new to Twitter and still trying to figure out how it works. I think it's great that both ladies get along with each other. Don't you?

Singer Ciara, 25, was all smiles as she exited The Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday. When asked her plans for Valentine's Day, she said she was spending time with her "girlfriend." The paparazzi then said he'd love to be her Valentine, which made her smile and say, "You got me."

Ciara, who has never publicly discussed her break up from 50 Cent, was in a really good mood. That can mean two things: she got her walking papers from JIVE Records, or she's in love. We'll find out soon either way.

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When it rains it pours.

Just one day after esteemed celebrity photographer David LaChapelle filed a lawsuit against Rihanna for stealing his concepts for her much-maligned video "S&M", she is now under attack by a lesser known photographer who is also accusing her of theft.

In the suit, according to Reuters, LaChapelle says that “the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works.” He is asking for unspecified damages. The suit was filed Feb. 14 in New York City.

In addition to wholesale copying and reenacting of LaChapelle's famous work in her video, Rihanna, 22, now stands accused of copying the infamous "media room" scene from Philipp Paulus, a German photographer’s photo shoot.

Rihanna will learn that there's a fine line between paying homage to famous art photographers and completely ripping off their work without crediting them.

Fresh from dealing with all the negative press that 'S&M' attracted due to the nature of its lyrics and video, Rihanna could now have another controversy to deal with.

According to an unnamed source, a German photographer has come forward to claim that the idea behind the 'S&M' music video was partially copied from his fashion editorial called 'PAPERWORLD.' The nineteen year old photographer named Philip Paulus, claims that he shot the editorial in August 2010, and TEAM-Rihanna has completely copied his idea in one of the 'S&M' scenes, with no respect to the copyright laws.

Does this remind you of another notorious, no-talented thief in the music industry? I don't feel sorry for Rihanna at all. I actually feel relieved that I no longer have to defend her from my sensible readers who knew she was a fraud all along.

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Grammy Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding, was spotted at Japan's Narita International Airport early this morning. The 26-year-old jazz bassist was mobbed by paparazzi as she made her way through the airport. Spalding became an overnight sensation when she snatched the Best New artist trophy from Justin Bieber, who was the odds on favorite.

Her surprise win over the 16-year-old teeny bopper signified an industry that has become wary of the cocky, overhyped "Baby" singer. The writing was on the wall. Rumors swirled back in January that a few female reporters were treated rudely by Justin at a press conference (I was asked not to provide details of the incident).

E's win angered Justin's Stans who caused a fracas online. Stans immediately attacked Esperanza's Wikipedia page, changing her middle name from "Justin" to "quesadilla" and back to "Justin" again.

Before she boarded her flight to Japan, E flew to Hollywood, Florida (a suburb just North Miami) where she posed for a photoshot at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Photos: Splash News and INF PHOTO

Here's a positive post that I doubt you will read, since it's a positive post and all...

According to TMZ.com, former mortal enemies, actor Sean Penn, 50, and activist/singer Wyclef Jean, 41, made nice yesterday and buried the hatchet for a good cause.

TMZ obtaned a video shot Friday (Feb. 11) at the "Help Haiti" event at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City -- 'Clef is singing and dancing while Penn signed autographs a few feet away.

The two famously feuded last year when Penn questioned Wyclef's ulterior motives in running for president of Haiti -- and Wyclef retaliated by accusing Penn of drug use, which Sean denied.

Jean eventually lost his bid to run for president of Haiti. Only a fraction of the millions of dollars in donations that Jean took in for Haiti earthquake relief actually reached the people of Haiti.

Struggling R&B singer Ciara cleared up rumors that she was dropped from her record label.

Last week, rumors ran rampant that JIVE Records dropped the "Goodies" singer. But as I reported here, there was no solid confirmation from record label sources.

Ciara released this statement on her facebook page today:

To my fans:

This week the net has been a buzz of the rumor that I have been dropped from my label. At this point that rumor is false.. It is true that I have asked and I pray that my label will release me. I have had some great times and success with my label, but sometimes like all great things, its at that point where I feel we don't share the same views on who I am as a artist. The past two albums have been very frustrating for me. At times there were songs I chose to lead a project and I was ignored!

This project, I even tried to get Gimmie Dat started I spent tens of thousands of my own money only to hear the radio pds tell me my label didn't want the song played. I even spent more than one hundred thousand dollars out of my pocket on the video to bring my vision to it and still no label support. I do understand that some labels are not financially supporting their artists and I have become one of them. You, my fans, know that I strive to do my best to deliver to my you the best songs and creative vision I possibly can.

I'm dedicated to my music, performance and to my fans! I've tried to be a team player with the label only to have compromised what I truly believed.. And was not given the right opportunity to promote and inform my fans of the release of this album..I have so much of me as a artist I still want to give to the world and my fans. A release would allow me to go be creative with people who care and understand me as a artist. In a short time, I will be able to bring to you a new music energy and a visual excitement! Thank you so much for standing by me through the good, bad, and the confusion. I love you all.

Love Ciara

Photo: Splash News Online

Update:

Several online sources reported that KCBS reporter Serene Branson was rushed to a hospital in LA last night where she was diagnosed with a TIA, or what's known in the medical field as a trans ischemic attack (mini stroke).

A statement posted to KCBS' website disputes that:

"Serene Branson was examined by paramedics on scene immediately after her broadcast. Her vital signs were normal. She was not hospitalized. As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home and she says that she is feeling fine this morning."

According to the LA Times, Branson told network executives that she is "feeling fine" and that there "was no indication of a serious medical problem."

But it is apparent that Branson suffered a TIA, or mini stroke, during her live broadcast from the Grammy's for KCBS last night.

She stumbled over her words after beginning by saying "Well, a very, very...," before mispronouncing the word ‘heavily’.

By downplaying the situation, KCBS missed a great opportunity to inform their viewers about the warning signs of a TIA.

I wrote a Medical Minute post about TIA's, which you can read here.

A TIA is sometimes referred to as a “warning sign” of an impending stroke. In Branson's case, the signal from her brain to her mouth was interrupted and she had trouble forming her words.

A TIA is categorized as a mini stroke because the symptoms lasts less than 24 hours. Most TIAs last less than 5 minutes. If the symptoms lasts longer than 24 hours it is referred to as a Cardiovascular Accident (CVA) or stroke. Some people experience a TIA and don’t even know it.

In Branson's case, she looked anxiously off camera before trying to continue to get the words out.

Originally posted on Feb. 14 @ 4:19 p.m.

Kim Kardashian is known for her love of anything extravagant. Kim loves anything that's big -- including her diamonds and her men.

But for Valentine's Day, she wants the simple things in life. The entrepreneur and reality TV star told People.com what she's looking forward to the most for her special V-Day with NBA star Kris Humphries.

For Valentine's Day, "I like a long card," the reality star, 30, told PEOPLE at a QVC fashion week event in NYC Friday. "Write me your feelings – it’s all about the feelings and the card." (Did you get that, Kris Humphries?)

Her sister, on the other hand, is hoping for something a bit more sparkly.

"For me, diamonds will do the trick," says Kourtney, 31, with a grin.

The sisters, who live in Los Angeles and shoot their spin-off series in New York, are on the move again for Valentine’s Day.

"We will both be in Vegas," says Kourtney.

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Usher, 32, likes to push the fashion envelope over the edge sometimes. Last night he wore a pair of Vivienne Westwood Seditionary boots while posing with his two Grammy’s at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The boots retail for $673. Usher seems to favor ultra modern, Metrosexual ankle boots with lots of straps. These boots are not for everyone. They feature a contrasting paneled leather and buckle straps, according to Allen at UpscaleHype.

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I'm surprised that none of you thirsty females emailed me begging for a Morning Wood post on Lady Gaga's sexy male servant. He was the only brotha helping to carry Gaga's giant pod/egg during her Grand arrival on the red carpet at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Sorry, I don't know his name. But what I do have are pics from every angle of this fine specimen of a man!

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The Diva Monica didn't take home a coveted trophy last night, but she was still a winner! Mo, 30, was named the unofficial BEST Dressed winner last night at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards! She looked elegant and stunning in a black floor length Stephane Rolland dress.

Mo tweeted: "Stephane Rolland, I loved wearing your dress tonight. Your work is innovative, classy, yet edgy. Thank u."

Actress Vivica A. Fox, 46, and her fiance, local club promoter Slimm, 25, attended Cash Money Records' pre-Grammy bash on Saturday. They say Viv is a millionaire after making a few excellent investments. Through hard work and perseverance, she gets to have all that money AND a hawt man too!

Mariah's husband Nick Cannon, 30, was spotted loaded down with bags after leaving Tiffany's in Beverly Hills, CA over the weekend. He was dressed in Louis Vuitton from head to toe. Nick reportedly picked up a bunch of rings, bracelets and a watch for his pregnant wifey. Maria is due to drop her twins in April.

Former friend to the blog, Rihanna, 22, aka "Sideshow Bob," was spotted picking her nose while dining with friends at a restaurant in Beverly Hills on Saturday. How classy. Rihanna picked up a Grammy award for Best Dance Song the following night at the Staples Center.  The Media Circuit/INFphoto.com

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I'm shocked that Nicky Minaj looks halfway decent in this picture!

From UpscaleHype:

Rapper Nicki Minaj was spotted in LA wearing a vest, polka dot leggings, a suede zip boots, and carrying a Burberry Haymarket Check Tote Bag ($1,295). This bag features Burberry’s signature check pattern on canvas with brown leather trimming and a buckle strap detail.

When Esperanza Spalding shocked the world by snatching away Justin Bieber's Best New Artist award at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, it signaled a new dawn in the music industry. People are just plain tired of Justin Bieber, who is rumored to be extremely rude to adults -- particularly to no name female reporters.

We all know he should have won that award last night (whether he deserved it or not), but the Grammy committee wanted to send a strong message to the cocky kid: you're not all that!

After eating a slice of humble pie, Justin, 16, literally ran into Spalding, 26, backstage at the Staples Center near the green room where interviews were being conducted. According to MTV News, rather than be bitter, Bieber shook hands with the newly crowned Grammy winner, congratulating her on her victory.

Their meeting was very brief, but the implication was clear: anyone can snatch your crown. You're never too big to be chopped down to size. Just ask Beyonce.

The 20-year-old British student who died of cardiac arrest after being given a lethal injection of silicone, was under surveillance by federal drug agents at the time of her death.

According to London's Daily Mail newspaper, Claudia Aderotimi and her three friends were "flagged" by immigration officials during a previous trip from London to Philadelphia where they had butt and hip enhancement procedures.

Miss Aderotimi and her friends came under surveillance soon after they checked into the £100-a-night hotel near Philadelphia airport by agents who had received a tip-off that the girls were allegedly involved in some kind of drugs activity.

Officers from the Customs and Immigration Service sat outside her hotel unaware that in her fourth-floor room, she was being given a fatal silicone injection.

Police have named the woman suspected of administering the dose as a transgender singer who calls herself ‘Black Madam’.

The 41-year-old is being hunted by police after they seized syringes and silicone from her home.

Multiple ID cards in different names, among them Vanessa Brown and Padge Windslowe, were also found.

"Gram'ma Funk" takes the top prize for worst dressed attendee at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards that took plac last night (Feb. 13) at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Hate her outfit, but I love her confidence.


Rapper Nicki Minaj never runs out of ways to embarrass her people. The "Monster" rap star wore a Bride of Frankenstein lacefront wig and an animal print dress with matching leggings. #EPICFAIL.

I don't know what Ciara was wearing but I can't decide which is worse: her Wonder Woman frock or her lacefront with the fake part in her hair.

Does this photo of Usher require any explanation?

Singer Lenny Kravitz and his hairline finally came to an agreement to meet on the other side of his head. Lenny has never been considered a style Diva until now. I wonder what brought on the change?

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In the past I would normally skip over any unflattering pics of Rihanna, but considering the events of the past 72 hours, she is no longer afforded such courtesy on this blog. Rihanna, 22, was fighting laryngitis and bronchitis last night, and it looks like the infections won the battle. She looked dreadfully dehydrated, like death warmed over. Still, Rihanna dragged herself to the Staples Center because she was assured that she would win an award if she just showed up. The Grammy folks are notorious for switching winners at the last minute if an artist doesn't show up.

Rihanna attended the Grammy Awards with her bestie, Melissa. When Rihanna wasn't feeling up Melissa in the audience, she was grinding and winding on Drake during her live performance.

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Well, the massive snooze fest that is the Annual Grammy Awards is over for this year.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards was held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles last night. Here's a rundown of the night's events culled from several online sources for those of you who couldn't stay awake during the slow-paced pompous affair.

Christina Aguilera opened the Grammy's with a soulful rendition of "Ain't No Way" in tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who successfully underwent gastric bypass surgery on Dec. 2nd.

The awards show was very predictable: Lady Gaga stole the show by arriving inside a giant egg carried on the shoulders of half naked men servants. She was hatched onstage.

Rihanna, who was fighting laryngitis and bronchitis infections, won a Grammy for Best Dance song: "Only Girl in The World." She managed to get through her lip synced performances with Eminem and Drake, neither of which I'm posting on this blog. Eminem won yet another Grammy for Best "Rap" album, and Drake has yet to be blessed by the Grammy gods. Poor boy. He tries so hard.

Rapper Nicki Minaj, who didn't win a Grammy, made a scene with her attention stealing Bride of Frankenstien beehive hairdo. "Yes, this is all my hair. At night, if I press a certain button, my hair grows. First of all, it grows up, and I press another button and activate the color on it," she said on the red carpet.

There was one huge shocker in the Best New Artist category, which everyone is still talking about around the office water coolers this morning. Every man, woman and child on earth thought the Best New Artist Award would go to Justin Bieber, or maybe Drake. Instead, the award went to a a little known jazz artist named Esperanza Spalding. The surprise announcement prompted millions of viewers to ask in unison: "WHO IS SHE?"

Troubled comedian Katt Williams tweeted:

Meanwhile, everyone went racing en masse to Google to dig up any information they could find on her. Justin Bieber's disappointed Stans wasted no time editing Spalding's Wikipedia page. Welcome to the big time, hun!

It seems the 26-year-old Spalding isn't exactly new to the scene, according to Wikipedia (before her page was rudely edited). She's been around the industry for a minute. She even dropped a few albums along the way that nobody ever heard. Spalding specializes in playing bass - the stand up variety and the traditional bass guitar. She also plays the clarinet and the oboe (a wind instrument).

How can Spalding be a 'Best New Artist' when no one's ever heard of her, you ask? Hey, this is the shady music industry where everybody and everything can be had for a price -- including a Grammy Award. This is how it works kids: somebody on the Grammy committee owed somebody else something, and now you know who Esperanza Spalding is.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Beyonce, who didn't win a Grammy or perform, looked old and tired last night. Her husband Jay Z stayed away, like any typical narcissist who believes that his absence leaves a greater impression than him actually being there in the flesh.

There were NO surprises where Chris Brown is concerned. If he reads my blog, he would have known that he wasn't going to win a Grammy. The immature man-child took to his Twitter page to throw a tantrum, as he often does when he doesn't get his way.

He tweeted: "To all the fans!! I love y'all. Don't be upset!! This industry is based on politics and asskissing! My only concern is team breezy! Fuck everybody else!"

All things considered: it's hard to have empathy for that punk.

About 100 awards were handed out during the pre-Grammy special, including all of the R&B categories, and most of the rap winners. It's been that way for years. I'm not sure why people still act surprised that R&B isn't shown any love during the actual live Grammy broadcast.

I didn't watch the show last night, so my loyal readers weighed in with their opinions of Rihanna's performances:

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Singer Aretha Franklin, 68, threw up the Roc sign (or some may say the illuminati sign) while sitting courtside with the Rev. Jesse Jackson during the Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons game in Auburn Hills, Michigan on Friday (Feb. 11). Franklin is still recuperating from a mysterious surgical procedure that was performed late last year.

Ms. Franklin wore a $530 pair of satin patent toe Lanvin sneakers to match her animal print blouse.

Judging from this photo snapped February 5 at her Bloomfield Hills, Michigan home for JET magazine, it looks like the Queen's rumored gastric bypass surgery was a success!

Rumors swirled in early December that Ms. Franklin underwent gastric bypass, aka weight loss surgery. But then a report surfaced that Franklin was suffering from pancreatic cancer and had less than a year to live. Ms. Franklin vigorously denied that rumor in subsequent interviews.

“I know my fans are concerned. Let them know I am feeling great and coming along," she told JET magazine. At any rate, she looks great! If she did have gastric bypass surgery, it appears to be successful.

Photo: Getty Images, JET magazine and AP