What the stars were saying at the Grammys 

The buzz leading up to the 49th Annual Grammy Awards centered around The Police reuniting to perform on the show. And while the trio rocked the house, it was the Dixie Chicks who had everyone talking as they snagged the top honors for Record and Song of The Year ("Not Ready to Make Nice") and Album of the Year ("Taking the Long Way").

Carrie Underwood (Best New Artist, Best Female Country Performance)

"It’s just been a remarkably exciting year for me. I owe it all to ‘American Idol’ and the fact that I love country music." When asked whether or not Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo — with whom Underwood had been spotted around Dallas — might be joining in her Grammy celebrations. "Well, (Tony) hasn’t made it back from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii but we’re not dating now or anything."

John Mayer (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, "Waiting on the World to Change" and Best Pop Vocal Album, "Continuum")

"I’m glad to see that singing-songwriting is recognized. I’m proud of the Dixie Chicks. I heard that song when we were in the studio when I was making my record. They asked me if I wanted to play guitar on it and I said, ‘Yeah.’ I ran to get my guitar and they said, ‘Oh, we didn’t mean right at this moment.’"

Mary J. Blige (Best R&B Album "The Breakthrough" and Best R&B Song, "Be Without You," Best Female R&B Performance)

"I can live with getting three out of eight Grammys. This win is a personal breakthrough as much as it is a musical breakthrough for me. To be recognized with so many of my talented peers is an honor."

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