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Now that I’ve had a few days to process everything, some news and notes from my first ever GRAMMYs red carpet…

– The GRAMMYs red carpet is reminiscent of one for a big movie premiere in that it’s quite expansive, filled with top level stars, chaotic in spurts and covered by outlets of all shapes and sizes. Jayde Donovan and I were holding down the fort for our radio network, Westwood One. We were towards the end of the media lineup – to our left were The Garden social media team and WWD.com. To our right? A Japanese TV outlet that is clearly big across the Pacific because seemingly everyone stopped or attempted to stop and say hi to them.

– Always appreciate Scott Borchetta, the head of Big Machine Label Group, making a few minutes for us. He joked that NARAS had quite the wildcard on their hands sitting country group Midland in the front row. On a more serious note, he thought Taylor Swift had a good chance in both categories she was nominated, especially Best Country Song for writing Little Big Town’s “Better Man.” She came up empty for that along with “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” from “Fifty Shades Darker” in the Visual Media category, one that Borchetta believed is a “flip of the coin.”

– When we flagged Victor Cruz over and he revealed to Jayde that he was presenting the “Despacito” performance, my first thought was, “Oh, the irony!” Of course, it was two seasons ago that Cruz along with Odell Beckham Jr. and other Giants players flew to Miami the week before a playoff game to hang with Justin Bieber in Miami. Not only would the G-Men lose to the Packers, but some would point to the incident as the reason why Cruz wasn’t brought back to the team.

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– Speaking of “Despacito,” I think anyone and everyone who had anything to do with that song and wasn’t named Justin Bieber was on the red carpet. The producers, the artists, the principle songwriter, the guy who opened the studio door… it was incredible!

– The white roses Jayde and I wore were donated by 1800Flowers.com and the whole movement was championed in part by one of our colleagues, Melony Torres – very cool.

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– It always amazes me that sometime the biggest stars are the ones most generous with their time. With that said, it was cool to see Tony Bennett spend a few minutes chatting with Jayde.

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– Loved catching up with Long Island’s own Hoodie Allen, who told me he knew about his buddy Ed Sheeran’s engagement for a whole and to him and those around Ed it came as no surprise. I wonder if Hoodie is in charge of the bachelor party…

– Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife told us that city officials worked hard to get The GRAMMYs to The Garden. Later, when I asked Recording Academy President Neil Portnow about New York as a host city, he went out of his way to mention the administration sang a rather different tune, stating tonight wasn’t the time to address the challenges working with them.

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Although for me, the best part of our interaction with Mr. Mayor was after I shook his hand, when I told the Boston-born lifelong Red Sox fan, “Let’s go Yankees.”

I’m sure the Mayor appreciated it as much as Mr. Portnow’s comments.

If people were bewildered when the lights went out at Super Bowl XLVII inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome – what will happen next year, when the big game is held outside at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium?

“That won’t be too much fun, I’ll tell you that,” said New York Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz on the prospects of inclement weather. The G-Man spoke with “The Ralphie Show” a few weeks ago at the Cartoon Network “Hall of Game Awards.” “Either way it’s going to make for a great game, and everyone’s going to talk about it.”

Cruz confirmed that there will definitely be an extra buzz inside the Giants locker room next year knowing that the Super Bowl will be hosted in the team’s stadium.

“We’re excited for it man,” he continued. “We’re excited to potentially be the first team of the host city to play in the game.”

The Wide Receiver attended this year’s game in New Orleans. His first thought when half of the building went dark?

“I was thinking, ‘I gotta get out of here,’” Cruz said. “I knew it was going to come back on but I had to catch a flight.”

Cruz enters this season as a restricted free agent. The Giants have until Tuesday to sign him to a long-term deal. If another team offers Cruz a deal that New York chooses not to match, the G-Men will receive a first round draft pick from that team.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014.