SHOW BITS: Katy and Justin as Grammy outsiders
Frank Ocean arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 55th annual Grammy Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.
KEEP ON BIEBVIN'
Justin Bieber can't catch a break.
Not only was the superstar singer not nominated for a Grammy, but a Ustream session that Bieber launched at the same time as the ceremony Sunday to answer questions from fans crashed because it was overloaded. The technical snafu immediately began trending on Twitter, inspiring such popular hashtags as (hash)ThankYouForTryingJustin and (hash)JustinUseRedTube.
Bieber tweeted to fans that "livestream is over capacity it not letting me in the room." He apparently couldn't overcome the blunder and later promised to upload a video.
— Derrik J. Lang — Twitter: http://twitter.com/derrikjlang
QUICKQUOTE: KATY PERRY
"I was never even nominated in this category, and I have my own eyelash line." — Katy Perry presenting the Grammy Awards' best new artist category.
— Sandy Cohen — www.twitter.com/APSandy .
RICK ROSS WORKS IT
Rick Ross is a businessman as much as he is a rapper.
"There's a lot of networking to be done here," he said on the red carpet at Sunday's Grammy Awards, adding he had already done "three or four deals."
Ross likes how his genre has taken what he sees as its rightful place at the annual ceremony.
"I feel like hip hop is most definitely more present at the Grammys," he said, noting the presence of what he called such "underground legends" as Nas.
— Beth Harris — Twitter http://twitter.com/bethharrisap
THE BROWN-OCEAN STANDOFF
Chris Brown clapped — but didn't stand —when Frank Ocean beat him for the urban contemporary album Grammy.
The standing ovation snub between the pair, who brawled last month over a parking space at a West Hollywood studio, was clearly captured in a screenshot posted on Twitter by the site BuzzFeed.
The image shows Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Adele and several others on their feet while Brown remains seated.
BuzzFeed's photo of Brown's diss was retweeted hundreds of times just a few minutes after it was posted.
— Derrik J. Lang — Twitter: http://twitter.com/derrikjlang___
SKIRTING THE GRAMMY DRESS CODE
Kelly Rowland, in a revealing long black dress, says she just barely skirted this year's Grammy dress code. Sort of.
"I almost broke the code," the R&B singer joked backstage Sunday.
"If I turn to the side I might," she added to laughter.
Rowland was referring to the memo that CBS, the show's broadcaster, put out this week asking that participants make sure "buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered."
Rowland's Georges Chakra dress had portions that are see-through.
— Mesfin Fekadu — Twitter http://twitter.com/MusicMesfin
ADELE: NO TIME TO BE COOL
Adele says she's been so busy singing nursery rhymes to her new baby son that "I don't really remember what's cool and what's not."
Still, she was cool enough to add another Grammy to last year's six-award sweep when she won Sunday night for pop vocal performance for "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)."