LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) --
The 49th Grammy Awards opened with huge applause in Los Angeles as The Police, reunited for the occasion, proclaimed: "We are The Police and we are back."
Opening the awards ceremony with "Roxanne," The Police received a standing ovation as members Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers bowed in unison and left the stage. The performance was the band's first in more than 20 years.
"Keep it going, keep it going for The Police now," Jamie Foxx encouraged the audience as he presented the first award of the night. "Come on and get with it and make some noise."
Foxx referred to the collaboration of The Police when he announced the winner of Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder for "For Once in My Life."
"I did this song at the age of 17," Wonder said when accepting the award. "Now I'm doing it again with the great Tony Bennett."
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