The Grammys Are Finally Back in NYC, So Enjoy These Crazy Throwback Moments From 2003

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The year was 2003. Before there was a Cardi B or a SZA dominating the game there was Missy Elliott and Erykah Badu. We all survived Y2K and were living our best lives during the bling’d out, throwback jersey, baggy jeans era when the Grammy Awards made a perfectly timed stop in New York City.

It’s a been a long while since the Grammy Awards took place in NYC, 15 years to be exact. If you recall, Norah Jones commanded the night by snagging five Grammys for her hit single at the time “Don’t Know Why,” beating out Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” and “Dilemma” by Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland for Record of the Year. This was the first Grammy celebration without a single official host, but NYC came together for the return of music’s biggest night. The red carpet was star-studded and you’ll see that some of your faves have barely aged in over a decade (Oh, hey Ashanti!) Let’s take a sometimes hilarious trip down memory lane as we anticipate the 60th Annual Grammy Awards making it’s return to the Mecca.

  • 1 Erykah Badu
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    Erykah Badu won Best R&B Song for “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)” and she’s super cute and plenty bad, ow!

  • 2 Missy Elliott
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    Styled by Cam’ron.

  • 3 Eve
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    Who’s that girl?!? Looking all almondy!

  • 4 Kelly Rowland
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    Kelly Rowland poses with the Grammy Award she won for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Dilemma.” ’Twas destiny.

  • 5 Harvey Fierstein and Rod Stewart
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    Dress Code: Speak-Easy Owner meets Burlesque Chic.

  • 6 Sheryl Crow
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    Sheryl is holding her GRAMMY Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Look at the light in those eyes.

  • 7 The Dixie Chicks
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    The Dixie Chicks holding their GRAMMY for Best Country Instrumental Performance for Lill’ Jack Slade. It was a cold day in ’2002.

  • 8 Norah Jones
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    “I wish I had more hands!” (Dave Chappelle as Rick James voice)

  • 9 Robin Williams
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    Robin Williams won a GRAMMY for Best Spoken Comedy Album for Robin Williams:Live 2002 RIP to the LEGEND. Damn, we miss him.

  • 10 John Mayer
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    Wake up John, you won!

  • 11 Scott Stapp
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    When you told your girl you were staying in but spot her in the club.

  • 12 Foxy Brown
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    That’s that cocoa butter mixed with a little Vaseline, baby!

  • 13 Jimmy Fallon
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    Jimmy ages like Ellen. Was this taken yesterday?

  • 14 Avril Lavigne
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    Because which rockstar do you know with a clean pair of Converse?

  • 15 Pink
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    When you try to wing your eyeliner while on a roller-coaster.

  • 16 Celia Cruz
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    QUEEN

  • 17 Cyndi Lauper
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    The lipstick matching the highlight. OK Cyndi!

  • 18 Faith Hill
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    “Alright…so someone ordered a GRAMMY? Ah, Here you go!”

  • 19 Marc Anthony
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    Gotta practice how you’re going to hold those Grammys.

  • 20 Bowling for Soup
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    Who? Yeah, they were…nevermind. Nice pants, guys.

  • 21 Brian McKnight
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    That velvet buttoned jacket, tho. Style has evolved. Thank baby Jesus.

  • 22 Charlie Baltimore
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    Serving serious shower curtain!

  • 23 A.J. Discala and Jamie-Lynn Sigler
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    They had a blissful two years with one another.

  • 24 Redman
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    It wouldn’t be 2002 without a throwback jersey moment. (No Champions, authentics only!)

  • 25 Jill Scott
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    When you’re a dominatrix, but need to stop by the prayer meeting at church first.

  • 26 Faith Evans
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    And your homegirl is riding with you.

  • 27 Slash
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    What is that velvet? Call it the Brian Mc-Wild-For-The-Knight effect.

  • 28 Cee-lo
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    *Walks in hair salon* “CDs! DVDS! Socks! Got that Yaki, ladies! 1B!

  • 29 The Clipse
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    BRRRRR, What happened to that boy? Seriously, where’s No Malice?

  • 30 Nappy Roots
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    Awnaw!

  • 31 Ashanti
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    Ashanti holds up her Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album looking like she’s about to head to her high school prom afterwards.

  • 32 Cash Money
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    Birdman x Weezy. Damn, I miss my dawgs.

  • 33 Diana Ross
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    Yass, denim diva!

  • 34 Nelly
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    The moment the club lights come on and shorty you thought looked like Nia Long ends up looking like Wayne Wonder.

  • 35 Lance Bass and Carrah
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    Lance Bass and guest during The 45th Annual GRAMMY Awards attending the BMG After-Party. Who’s ya friend?

  • 36 Mystikal
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    Danger! Been so long we’ve seen Mystikal look like this.

  • 37 Alicia Keys
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    Them hips don’t lie. A. Keys came to get LIT at this Grammy party.

  • 38 Usher and Chilli
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    2002 #RelationshipGoals

  • 39 Diddy and Justin Combs
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    Justin is a whole man now. Time flies.

  • 40 Naomi Campbell
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    Naomi, Naomi, gah-damn! Naomi. Keep strutting Nay!

  • 41 Gwen Stefani
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    The one shoulder ’fit was definitely a thing.

  • 42 Pharrell Williams
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    Meet Benjamin Button. Pharrell is like the reverse Morgan Freeman.

  • 43 John Leguizamo
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    Which third grader did he steal those shades from?

  • 44 Kim Cattrall
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    Sam!

  • 45 Kelly Osbourne
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    Giving us all the NYC punk-rock vibes.

  • 46 Tony Bennett
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    Tony Bennett snags GRAMMY for Best Traditional Pop Album for Playin’ with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues.

  • 47 Foo Fighters
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    Foo Fighters won a GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock Performance and took the very not so harmonious group approach to their style.

  • 48 No Doubt
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    No Doubt takes home the GRAMMY for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Hey Baby.”

  • 49 Eminem
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    Eminem mid-speech accepting his GRAMMY for Best Rap Album. But do you think he gives a damn about a GRAMMY? Half of those critics couldn’t stomach him, let alone stand him.

  • 50 NSYNC
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    NSYNC performs at the GRAMMYs. I have nothing witty for them, I was #TeamBackstreet. “Filthy” is a bop though.

  • 51 Gabrielle Union
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    Edges>>

  • 52 Faye Dunaway and Queen Latifah
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    “OMG! Your hair grows so fast!”

  • 53 Christian Slater and Fred Durst
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    Caption this.

  • 54 Busta Rhymes
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    I can hear him “wooo-hah” through the picture.

  • 55 India.Arie
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    Because she is a queen!

  • 56 Floetry
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    Well, alright.

  • 57 Aaron Carter
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    A simpler time.

  • 58 Grupo Mania
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    Grupo Mania posing as winners for Best Merengue Album for ’Latino. Alright, I’m bringing “thumbs up” back.

The noms obviously changed but liquor remains the same! Here is the perfect drinking game to get you through the GRAMMYs, tweak and drink at your own risk!

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