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February 09, 2009

Cantone digs at Grammy bits

84695908 It wasn't exactly an Anna Nicole or Elizabeth Taylor or Lauren Hutton awards show moment, but almost. Whitney Houston, looking flawlessly beautiful, helped open the 51st annual Grammy Awards last night with an extended flash of her gam and some incomprehensible comment about boots during an almost coherent presentation.

Shout out to Clive Davis! OK, we got that part. Just not sure about the rest of it.

Mario Cantone, the bitchy comedian always ready to take celebs down a peg, seized on Houston's brief appearance with a rant on this morning's "The View":

"Why can't you go out for five minutes and give an award without taking some kind of catnip? Why? Why?"

He also noticed that one of the Jonas Brothers had "a Peter Brady" moment when his voice cracked as the band performed "Superstition" with pop legend Stevie Wonder. Puberty and chastity belt jokes ensued.

And to show that he's an equal opportunity offender, Cantone asked why the members of Coldplay showed up dressed like The Wiggles.

Oh how we love you, Cantone.


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