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Taylor Swift kicks off Grammys, Adele wins best pop solo award
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift brought the circus to the Grammy stage on Sunday, kicking off the annual awards with a lively performance and British singer Adele picked up the show's first award. The Black Keys, Skrillex and Gotye started the night strong, each picking up multiple awards prior to the televised ceremony.
"Argo" extends winning streak with BAFTA for best film
LONDON (Reuters) - Ben Affleck's "Argo" was crowned best film at the BAFTAs on Sunday while Daniel Day-Lewis bagged yet another leading actor award for the title role in "Lincoln" as an increasingly familiar awards season script unfolded in London. Affleck also won the best director trophy for "Argo", about the rescue of American hostages in Iran during the 1979 revolution, and the movie is now in pole position to win the biggest movie award of all on Oscar night.
Chris Brown shows up at Grammys smiling after car crash
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Chris Brown showed up smiling at the Grammy Awards show on Sunday, saying he was just a little banged up after crashing his car into a wall on the eve of the annual music industry awards. "Little bit of bumps, I'm good though," Brown, 23, dressed in a white Lanvin suit, told E! News on the red carpet.
Labrador lovers hope for upset at Westminster dog show
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 2,700 dogs are converging on New York City for the 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, including at least 50 Labrador retrievers who can only be hoping for an historic upset. Each year, members of the Labrador-loving public tend to have only two questions for Thomas Bradley, the show's chairman.
Chilean film "Gloria" cheered at Berlin festival
BERLIN (Reuters) - There were cheers for Chilean drama "Gloria" at the Berlin film festival on Sunday, partly out of relief as the annual cinema showcase finally got its first hit after a series of critical misses. The touching story of a middle aged woman's quest for love and adventure in modern-day Santiago drew comparisons to Woody Allen for the intimacy of the relationships and to Meryl Streep for the arresting performance of actress Paulina Garcia.
Actor Steven Seagal trains Arizona posse on school security
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Arizona (Reuters) - Action film star Steven Seagal, who racks up big body counts in his on-screen battles with bad guys, took on a new role on Saturday, training posse volunteers for controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in how to use guns to protect schools in shooting incidents. Arpaio, who styles himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff," enlisted Seagal to train his Maricopa County posse members at a school in Fountain Hills, a suburb northeast of Phoenix, with children used as stand-ins for scared students.
Newcomers and veterans celebrated in pre-Grammy festivities
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Music's biggest names gathered to celebrate the trailblazers and veterans of their industry at music producer Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party, remembering Whitney Houston and honoring the work of Epic Records' L.A. Reid. Last year's pre-Grammy festivities was marred by the sudden death of Houston in a bathtub at the same hotel a few hours before Davis' party.
Tech wizards honored by Oscars organizers
BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Some of the most ingenious behind-the-scenes innovators, whose breakthroughs in computer technology and other fields were key to the making of movies such as "Shrek" and "Avatar," were awarded at an early Oscar organizers' ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday night. From the team who developed a system to bring to life computerized digital stunt doubles for fantastic creatures in movies such as "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," to the man who simply developed one of the most versatile lighting delivery systems in film production, the Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards showcased emotional speeches and lifetimes of work for those whose lives are spent behind the camera.
One year later, Grammys recall scramble over Whitney Houston death
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Grammy host LL Cool J called it a "death in our family" and it was he who suggested starting the Grammy Awards show last year with a prayer for Whitney Houston. Behind the scenes, Grammy Awards producers had worked all night to re-shape the music industry's biggest night just 24 hours after the drowning death of the troubled superstar in a Beverly Hills hotel.