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Dealing and dissing at the Grammys

11 February 2013, 11:25

Los Angeles – From celebs ignoring the "no buttocks, nipples and genitals" dress code to Chris Brown dissing Frank Ocean - the 55th annual Grammay Awards had it all.

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.

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.

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 on 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.

Grammys Don’t Wait For Anyone

The Grammy Awards show started at 20:00. Not at 20:05 or 20:07 or 20:10.

The late-arriving celebrity crowd quickly learned that fact when they were kept in a vestibule with all the regular folks until the first commercial break. Only then were they allowed to take their seats.

That meant Drake, Jenna Jameson and Tito Ortiz had to cool their heels while Taylor Swift opened the show with her exuberant performance of We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

The waiting continued as host LL Cool J greeted the audience and on through Ed Sheeran and Elton John's performance. The stars' handlers did manage to move them to the front of the line that was waiting to get in.

Taylor sets Tweeters Atwitter

Did Taylor Swift just launch World War III?

After Swift broke into a faux British accent during her Grammy-opening performance, several One Direction fans took to Twitter to voice their disdain at the apparent dig at one of the singer's former flames, One Direction member (and native Brit) Harry Styles.

The English-accented flourish came when Swift started speaking in the middle of an Alice in Wonderland-like performance of her Grammy-nominated song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

Reaction was swift.

"Did Taylor Swift just do an English accent?" director Judd Apatow tweeted immediately after it happened.

Quick Quotes

"I have to perform tonight so the wheels are constantly spinning. You can't really just sit in your seat and take it all in." - Frank Ocean on his expectations for the Grammy Awards.

"I have to keep brushing mine down." - Florence Welch on the green sequins on her Grammy Awards dress.

"It would mean my name changes in the press forever." - Frank Ocean, speaking on the red carpet about what winning a Grammy would mean to him.

"So he calls me up and he's like, 'I still love you.' And I'm like, 'I'm sorry, I'm busy opening up the Grammys.'" - Taylor Swift, during her show-opening performance.

- AP


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