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Chris Brown: He's looked at his Grammy from both sides now [Poll]

Chris Brown

Chris Brown was all sunshine and light Wednesday afternoon, proclaiming on Twitter, "TeamBreezy, the Grammy I received was for those of you who supported my music and the hard work and growth in my life. I thank you! Love U!"

Nice enough, if you were unaware that on Tuesday he -- or whoever was powering his Twitter feed -- had gone rather ballistic about that very same Grammy.

Seems Chris wasn't cool with it when a few folks, celebs included, raised an eyebrow about his high-profile performance presence at this year's Grammy Awards, only three years since he missed the show after losing his temper and hitting then-girlfriend Rihanna in the face.

(It was an outburst that resulted in a guilty plea to one count of felony assault, for which Brown is still on probation. He's already completed the anger-management program he was sentenced to.)

"How dang long did they give Nicki Minaj to do whatever that was? Strange," Miranda Lambert said Monday on Twitter, discussing performances at the Sunday awards show. "And Chris Brown twice? I don't get it. He beat on a girl... Not cool that we act like that didn't happen. He needs to listen to Gunpowder and lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys."

Well, at a certain point, Brown had apparently had enough. His Valentine's Day outburst read, in part, "HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now!" And in case that in-your-face all-caps missive wasn't enough, he wrapped it up with profanity that you can find here unredacted (the tweet itself has been removed from the @chrisbrown stream).

Brown addressed the media in a later, also-deleted tweet: "DEAR MEDIA.. Ur plan is not working.. I'm not going anywhere so get used to me." The Times' opinion section, for one, has had a thing or two to say about Brown's appearance Sunday.

So who is the real Breezy -- the soft-spoken singer-dancer stumbling over his Grammy acceptance speech for R&B album Sunday and tweeting rainbows and unicorns on Wednesday afternoon, or the zero-to-60 anger blaster telling folks they could "blank off" Tuesday, now that he had that Grammy in hand, imagining a media conspiracy Tuesday morning and beating his girlfriend's face bloody back in 2009?

Let us know what you think in the poll below, and in comments.

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Photo: Chris Brown in his second performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards on Sunday. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Nicki Minaj performance slammed by Catholic League

Nicky Minaj at the Grammy Awards

Nicki Minaj and her religiously themed Grammy Awards performance didn't have many converts among the Catholic League on Monday: The organization slammed the singer-rapper for what it called an attack from the entertainment industry.

After arriving with a red carpet plus-one dressed like the pope, Minaj on Sunday unveiled her alter-ego character Roman Zolanski onstage in an extravagant production of the song "Roman Holiday."

The performance, backed by stained-glass windows, started in a mock confessional and later moved through various interpretations of demonic possession — think gyrations, crotch-grabbing, flames — before ending with the "Super Bass" singer's character levitating triumphantly over a vanquished priest and two altar boys.

"Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer," Catholic League President Bill Donohue noted in a statement on the group's website.

"None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys. Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of the Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam."

He closed with contact information for those wishing to lodge a complaint with the folks behind the Grammy Awards.

Minaj, meanwhile, reveled in the support of her Twitter fans Monday and offered a possible dismissal of her critics: "Were they offended by 'the devil inside'??? Shut-up & watch the movie ... !"

(On a loftier note, shortly after Whitney Houston's death hit the news Saturday, she'd tweeted, "Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.")

Whose side are you on?

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Photo: Nicki Minaj performs at the 54th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.


Grammy after-party sees music legends, levity from Bruno Mars

 

Bruno Mars celebrates another Grammy ceremony come and gone.

Whitney Houston was easily the biggest presence at any Grammy Awards party this past weekend, but awards need celebrating, and the industry chose to soldier on — perhaps in the name of support.

That was the case Sunday after the Grammy telecast as music legends and Hollywood heavyweights flocked to the Chateau Marmont for Beau Joie champagne's fete, celebrating Warner Bros. Music and InStyle magazine.

Twinkle lights, pink roses and white tents transformed the iconic space with old-school French flair to welcome Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Reba McEntire, India Arie, Fergie, Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey, to name a few.

PHOTOS: The Beau Joie Grammy party 

Bruno Mars performed a 15-minute set on the hotel patio as guests raised glasses of rosé, including a dancing Chelsea Handler enjoying the music with hotel owner Andres Balazs. 

"Welcome to the loser party," Mars joked after leaving the award show empty-handed, "but we're still going to have a great time."

Mash-ups and covers of hits including "Super Freak," LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It," and Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Paris" brought the place down, with a helpful reminder that music is about bringing people together — which is precisely what happened later in the hotel library.

When Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" started piping through, it sparked a dance party that had McCartney shaking it alongside a gorgeous Gabrielle Union, Serena Williams, Del Rey and execs including Ben Silverman. 

Malin Akerman, Kelly Rowland, "Glee" guys Matthew Morrison and Chord Overstreet, newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Rashida Jones and Nicole Richie rounded out the crowd, lingering past midnight. 

The pain and shock of Houston's death inspired much chatter in between sips of bubbly, puffs on cigars and snacking, but a newcomer like Del Rey proves the show goes on.

"I'm having so much fun," she told us in passing, "I mean, my friend won two Grammys." And that's what Sunday was about. 

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Photo: Bruno Mars celebrates another Grammy ceremony come and gone with InStyle magazine and Beau Joie on Sunday. Credit: Todd Williamson / Getty Images 



Grammys: Win or lose, Kings of Leon to party, El Pollo Loco style

Kings of Leon

The band Kings of Leon seemed happy just to be on the Grammy Awards red carpet Sunday in the wake of their canceled U.S. summer tour, which inspired rumors about substance abuse on the part of singer Caleb Followill.

No matter if they win or lose in the best rock album category, the band still plans to live it up after the show.

"The party is always in the same place either way," drummer Nathan Followill said, joking that that place would be a local El Pollo Loco.

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Most of all, however, Kings of Leon are looking forward to watching Paul McCartney and to the tribute planned for Whitney Houston.

"I think there will be some really awesome performances," Nathan said before trying to lighten the mood. "I got the inside scoop on my celeb phone."

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Photo: Kings of Leon at the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.



Diane Warren shocked, disconcerted after Whitney Houston's death

Diane Warren

Songwriter Diane Warren, who worked on seven songs with Whitney Houston, expressed a deep sense of sadness at the Grammy Awards on Sunday over the loss of the pop icon, as well as shock and a bit of discomfort about the way Houston's death was being handled less than 24 hours after the fact.

"I think people are all feeling really weird," Warren said. "Even at Clive [Davis]'s party last night, Alicia Keys was really good, but sorry, I didn't want to see Pit Bull jumping around the stage."

It was reported by several sources that Pit Bull used explicit language to encourage guests to "party" since Houston herself "loved to party."

PHOTOS: Grammy Awards 2012 arrivals

Warren also was a bit disconcerted, she said, by Tony Bennett's remarks during his performance about how drugs should be legalized in the wake of deaths including Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston.

"No, sorry. She got legal drugs from her doctor," Warren said sadly. "So that was inappropriate."

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Songwriter Diane Warren at the 54th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.


Grammys: Adele wears her heart on her sleeve, songwriters say

Adele at the Grammy Awards 2012

Dan Wilson, who co-wrote, produced and played piano on British singing sensation Adele's No. 1 hit song "Someone Like You," and is likewise nominated for album of the year for his work on "21," appeared on the Grammy Awards red carpet Sunday alongside fellow Adele songwriter Fraser T. Smith.

Both men expressed a great deal of admiration for the young singer, saying that working with her was a pleasure because she made it her mission to bring out the best in them.

But it is Adele's ability to wear her heart on her sleeve and be herself in the face of fame, they said, that has helped her capture and keep the world's attention.

PHOTOS: Grammy Awards 2012 arrivals

"The woman is a musical genius," Wilson said. "She's just a powerhouse of a musical figure and creator. And she can't help but be herself."

"She's got her heart on her sleeve, coupled with integrity and a great sense of humor," Smith added.

Was the thought of a possible Adele sweep dimmed by the shadow of Whitney Houston's death?

"It's gonna take people weeks to process what happened," Wilson said. "Whoever wins, we don't want to take it away from them. But Whitney's such a huge and significant artist."

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Photo: Singer Adele arrives at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Grammys 2012: Jean Baptiste is excited for friend Chris Brown

Quiet and unassuming, Jean Baptiste — who is nominated alongside the controversial Chris Brown for the rap song award for the triumphant single "Look at Me Now" — walked down the Grammys red carpet Sunday answering questions in hushed, respectful tones.

"That's the biggest thing," he replied when asked if Brown's reemergence center stage at the Grammys, three years after his Grammys weekend assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna, was causing a stir. "Chris Brown is an actual friend of mine and seeing him break through with this song again is wonderful."

So this is huge for both of them, right?

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"It's one of his biggest singles ever," Baptiste said. "It took on a life of its own."

The creation of the song "was me and Chris in the studio being really goofy and having a great time creating."

What else helped?

"Just a bottle of Jameson's," Baptiste said, smiling shyly.

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Grammys 2012: Mumford & Sons work the deja vu angle

Mumford & Sons

Ben Lovett and Ted Dwayne of the British folk rock band Mumford & Sons were a bit sheepish about appearing on the carpet at the Grammys for the second time in as many years for the same debut album, "Sigh No More."

Last year the band skyrocketed to international attention with their best new artist nomination, and this year they were back for the song "The Cave," which is nominated for record of the year.

"It's a bit of deja vu," said Dwayne. "It's as much of an honor, but it's still the same record, and we're here celebrating artists with new records."

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"When we heard, we were like, 'Wait! It's 2012. We should have a new album out now,' " Lovett added.

The band members, who were on their way to Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party Saturday night when they heard the news of pop legend Whitney Houston's death, expressed a deep sense of sadness about the loss. The said they initially were surprised that Davis' party was not canceled, but realized why it wasn't when the event turned into a memorial tribute for the lost singer, with Davis speaking eloquently about how much Houston would have wanted the Grammys to go on as a celebration of the music and artists she loved so much.

"Last night Clive Davis spoke so well on the subject," Lovett said, shaking his head slowly. "It's an undeniable tragedy, and it's so soon after the event, there's a lot of grieving yet to happen."

The band is in the thick of getting a new album out into the world, but they say they have no expectations of being on the Grammys carpet again next year.

"But we'd like to attend whether we're nominated or not," Lovett said, while Dwayne smiled in agreement.

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Photo: Mumford & Sons at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.


Grammys 2012: The Band Perry giddy, 'surrounded by our heroes'

Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry

Nominated for best new artist, the giddy Band Perry were beside themselves Sunday about performing with country star Glen Campbell later during the Grammy Awards telecast.

The band of well-coiffed siblings, whose song "All Your Life" is currently the No. 1 country song on Billboard, said they were "over the moon" about the whole experience.

"I have a bit of nervous energy, because we're surrounded by our heroes and we're real fancy and dressed up," singer Kimberly Perry said.

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"I just eat a lot of nervous food, like pita and hummus," bassist Reid Perry added.

All three — Neil Perry rounds out the group — said that besides performing with Campbell they were most excited to see Paul McCartney, in front of whom they'd already rehearsed.

"I can't believe we sang for a Beatle!" gushed Kimberly, who then struck a somber note to talk about her love for Whitney Houston, who died Saturday at age 48.

"We're heartbroken. We were performing in Tacoma, Wash., last night when we heard," she said. "It's a shock that we lost her so early. She was one of my most favorite singers.

"I remember singing 'I Will Always Love You' in the car with my mother."

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Photo: Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry arrives at the 2012 Grammy Awards on Sunday. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images.

 

 


Grammy Awards 2012: Steve Martin arrives early on 'a sad day'

Steve Martin at the 2012 Grammy Awards

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy Awards-nominated for bluegrass album for "Rare Bird Alert," walked the red carpet at the early hour of 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

Dressed in an unassuming light gray suit with black-rimmed glasses, Martin said the Grammys was a more relaxed scene than the Oscars red carpet, where you have to dress to the nines no matter what.

As expected, Whitney Houston, whose tragic death collided squarely with Grammys weekend, was first and foremost on everyone's mind, and the mood on the carpet was understandably muted.

PHOTOS: Grammy Awards 2012 arrivals

"I think I damaged my hearing from listening to her so loud and so long," Martin said. "It's a sad day."

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Photo: Steve Martin at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

 


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