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

February 12, 2012 |  1:26 pm

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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-- Jessica Gelt

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