Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman is certainly keeping busy.
After appearing on the circuit of morning shows, battling with lightsabers in Disney World, and letting talk show host Ellen DeGeneres shave his beard, a whiskerless Edelman joined teammate, safety Devin McCourty, to present the opening award at the 61st annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.
Before the pair announced the winner for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,” McCourty couldn’t help but acknowledge the Staples Center crowd. After all, the Patriots edged both of the city’s football teams — the Chargers and the Rams — en route to their sixth Super Bowl title this postseason.
“L.A., thank you for the cheers,” McCourty said. “Also, thank you for the boos. I appreciate you supporting your community.”
Edelman followed with a line that hinted at both the championship and his MVP honor, “We’re here tonight with music’s most valuable players to present a very super award: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.”
The nominees included “Fall in Line,” Christina Aguilera feat. Demi Lovato; “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Backstreet Boys; “‘S Wonderful,” Tony Bennett and Diana Krall; “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B; “Say Something,” Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton; and the “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey.
After McCourty opened the envelope to reveal “Shallow” as the winner, Edelman handed the gramophone trophy to a teary Gaga. In her acceptance speech, Gaga noted Cooper was unable to attend due to the British Academy Film Awards.
Prior to the presentation, Edelman shared a photo of himself with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at record producer Clive Davis’s famous pre-Grammys party. Wilson is married to R&B singer Ciara.