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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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— Jessica Gelt

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."

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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.

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"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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— Jessica Gelt

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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— Jessica Gelt

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.

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"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

 


Rooney Mara makes a quiet entrance at her first Golden Globes

Rooney Mara at the Golden Globe Awards.

Rooney Mara — nominee for lead actress in a drama and a Golden Globes novice — seemed eerily calm as she headed into the ballroom, dressed in a black Nina Ricci gown evocative of her Lisbeth Salander character in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Looking as slender as a swan, the "Dragon Tattoo" star was left largely unmolested by an excitable crowd that lost its mind over Harrison Ford and Meryl Streep, but seemed to miss her due to her low-key energy.

"I feel very honored to be here," she said quietly. Award season has been fun, the young actress said, in part because fashion designers have been clamoring to dress her on the red carpet. "I feel very lucky that they've been so generous."

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That said, "The guys get all the luck" when it comes to doing time on the red carpet, she said when asked the whereabouts of her costar Daniel Craig. "I think I'll just see him inside."

And as for a possible second installment in the "Dragon Tattoo" series? Mara said she's not preparing yet because if it gets the green light, filming won't begin for a few months.

"I'd be very excited if it did happen," she said — again, quietly.

 

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Photo: Rooney Mara on the Globes red carpet. Credit: Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images


Emmys 2011: Chuck Lorre is all about keeping it zipped [Video]

Chuck Lorre and Jon Cryer at the 2011 Creative Arts Emmys

What has "Two and a Half Men" show runner Chuck Lorre learned from his, ahem, adventures in the past year or so? Well, he wasn't getting specific on the 2011 Emmy Awards red carpet Sunday, but one general rule of thumb should keep him on the winning side of things.

"You can't get too far ahead of yourself ... ," he said, talking about his expectations for the evening. "Just hope your zipper is closed and do what you can."

Photo gallery: HBO party pictures from the 2011 Emmy Awards

Lorre wound up seeing two wins notched on productions bearing his name, with Jim Parsons taking home actor in a comedy honors for "The Big Bang Theory," which was also nominated for top comedy series, and Melissa McCarthy bagging the outstanding actress in a comedy trophy for "Mike & Molly."

As far as Tuesday's debut of the retooled "Two and a Half Men" with Ashton Kutcher, well, "You'll just have to watch it," Lorre said, otherwise keeping it zipped about the show, and about Charlie Sheen. 

 

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Photo: Chuck Lorre and "Two and a Half Men" star Jon Cryer took the stage together at the Creative Arts Emmys, held Sept. 10. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Emmys 2011: Julianna Margulies, blessed and, oh, that dress [Video]

Julianna Margulies at the 2011 Emmys

Julianna Margulies did a little yoga Sunday before making her way to the 2011 Emmy Awards but said on the red carpet that the award show thing "never gets easier ... it's always stressful."

"It's exciting, but there's a little anxiety that goes along with it, until you get inside." Indeed, Margulies moved inside only to have the Emmy for outstanding actress in a drama come her way for "The Good Wife," which had to cut the anxiety just a touch.

Pictures: Best and worst of the 2011 Emmy Awards

"Having a job, as an actor, is such a blessing," she said. "Having a job that people respond to ... is a dream."

Blessings aside — any thoughts on the dress, which throughout the night had people gabbing? She told E! that a tight schedule had her finding the Armani Prive gown late Saturday night.

 

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Photo: Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife" with her 2011 Emmy trophy at the Governors Ball after the ceremony. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.


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