Party Diary: Grammys on the Hill Awards, where members of Congress sing with Lady Antebellum

There was only one place on Wednesday night (or maybe ever?) to see Nancy Pelosi shaking a maraca on stage to a Lady Antebellum song, and that was at the Grammys on the Hill Awards.

Pelosi joined fellow members of Congress on stage at the end of the annual ceremony; the congressional sing-along is a tradition after a night of awards given by the Recording Academy.

“Steny Hoyer is always the first on stage,” someone whispered to us. Indeed, Rep. Hoyer raced up there and looked delighted as he clapped along to Lady Antebellum’s latest hit, “Compass.” (The country trio was honored with the Recording Artists’ Coalition Award for their advocacy and charity work.)

Earlier in the night, Rep. Doug Collins showed off his singing chops with a special performance. Collins, sponsor of the Songwriters Equity Act, flew to Nashville earlier this year to write a song about songwriter equity (promoting fair compensation to artists) with veteran songwriters Gary Burr and Victoria Shaw. The tune, called “Fair,” drew huge applause.

Other highlights included brother boy band Hanson harmonizing the National Anthem. “You can never beat a family blend,” host Joy Williams (one half of the Civil Wars duo) said admiringly after the performance.

And it look like Hanson had another high-profile fan in the audience.

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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