SHOW BITS: Lights, camera, showtime!

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Show Bits brings you Sunday's 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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FINAL GRAMMY PREP: LIGHTS AND RUN-THROUGHS

Inside the Staples Center, last-minute preparations were underway as the starting time for the live Grammys telecast approached.

For the opening act, dozens of lights were erected surrounding a single chair. On the other side of the stage, members of Black Sabbath ran through lines and practiced where to stand, as Sharon Osbourne, wife of lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, watched from the sidelines. Meanwhile, in the first few rows of the audience, those selected to occupy the mosh pit kept celebrities' seats warm underneath strands of twinkling lights before being loaded into two pits directly in front of the stage.

-- Derrik Lang -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/derrikjlang

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DUO CIVIL WARS' FUTURE IN DOUBT DESPITE GRAMMY WIN

The song appeared on the duo's self-titled second album, which was released after White and Williams decided to take a break from working together.

The win was something of a surprise, coming against Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton; Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill; Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; and Little Big Town.

"I'd like to apologize to Dolly Parton for depriving her of anything at all," White joked. "She's one of my biggest heroes."

White made no mention of Williams, who did not accompany him to the stage but has been in attendance during Grammy Week.

-- Chris Talbott -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/chris_talbott

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BIEBER'S A PUNCH LINE FOR KATHY GRIFFIN AT GRAMMYS

Kathy Griffin didn't waste any time taking it bawdy after winning her first comedy album Grammy Award on her sixth nomination Sunday.

She thanked the recently arrested Justin Bieber, joking, "I want to thank Justin Bieber for giving me his relax juice," then made a reference to Bieber's private parts.

"I've never made my 93-year-old alcoholic mother more proud," she added.

-- Chris Talbott -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/chris_talbott

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BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR TYE TRIBBETT: 2 GRAMMY AWARDS

Gospel singer Tye Tribbett got something special for his birthday Sunday: two Grammy awards.

Tribbett won best gospel album and best gospel song, letting out a long and loud "Woooooooo" after each win.

Tribbett turned 38, but said "I'm 22 on stage."

As he listed off his thank yous, he thanked his producer, then realized he'd made a mistake since he served as his own: "It just sounds like something you're supposed to say."

-- Chris Talbott -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/chris_talbott

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WILLIE NELSON ON BIEBER: LET HIM GROW UP

Country star Willie Nelson is known for his outlaw image, and he got a bit philosophical when asked about Justin Bieber's recent arrest.

"He'll be all right," said Nelson of the 19-year-old pop star. "Let him grow up and then we'll talk about him."

Nelson has been arrested several times for marijuana possession.

He appeared on the red carpet before the Grammys Sunday with his buddies Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. The three country legends are making another album together.

-- Michele Marie

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STEVE MARTIN MOVED SO FAST HE FORGOT EDIE BRICKELL

Winners at the annual pre-telecast for the Grammy awards are warned to move it or lose it when it comes to acceptance speeches, and Steve Martin took the advice literally.

Martin fast-jogged to the stage after winning best American roots song for his collaboration with Edie Brickell, "Love Has Come for You."

Martin made it to the stage before realizing he'd left Brickell far behind. He turned around, fetched her and walked the last 50 feet the second time.

"We are truly stunned. I can speak for Edie, and I will," Martin joked.

-- Chris Talbott -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/chris_talbott

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BEST REMIX WINNER WORKING ON NEW MILEY CYRUS SONG

The man whose remix genius helped create a hit for Lana Del Rey says he is working his magic for Miley Cyrus.

Producer Cedric Gervais says Cyrus asked him to remix her upcoming single "Adore You."

Gervais won the best remixed recording Grammy Sunday for his work on Del Rey's first top 10 hit, "Summertime Sadness."

The French remixer said Cyrus personally called him to help with her song, which he said was "cool."

Gervais has never met Del Rey, though their song has become an international success. The 34-year-old said he normally meets the artists he works with, but "it doesn't matter if you meet them or not. It's the song that matters."

Cyrus has performed covers of "Summertime Sadness" at live shows.

--Mesfin Fekadu, Twitter, www.Twitter.com/MusicMesfin

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MODERN FAMILY'S SARAH HYLAND: SHE'S A 'MUSIC HEAD'

Sarah Hyland of the ABC sitcom "Modern Family" dropped by the Grammys to cheer on pal Taylor Swift, whose album "Red" is up for album of the year.

Hyland, 23, who plays Haley Dunphy on the show, wore a short black-and-white dress with black cage heels.

"I am a music head," she said. "I love all types of music, from Kanye to Taylor."

-- Beth Harris -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

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RED CARPET A CAPELLA FROM YOUNGEST GRAMMY NOMINEES

The youngest nominees at Sunday's Grammy Awards charmed their way down the red carpet.

Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro, Oona Laurence and Sophia Gennusa are up for best musical theatre album for "Matilda The Musical." The girls, all ages 10 or 11 from Glen Rock, Pa., say they've been invited to two "after, after parties." They sang a capella during carpet interviews.

-- Beth Harris -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

____ WATCH OUT IF INDIE ROCKER BERNINGER WINS

Matt Berninger had some good-natured fighting words for his competitors in the alternative album category at the Grammys.

"We will rub it in their faces if we win!" joked Berninger, frontman for the indie rock band The National, a few hours before the awards show.

The National was nominated for its album "Trouble Will Find Me" against albums by Neko Case, Nine Inch Nails, Tame Impala and Vampire Weekend.

-- Beth Harris -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

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GARY CLARK JR.: ROCK, R&B AND A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY

Gary Clark Jr. says his roots are in rhythm and blues, but he's nominated for a Grammy in that category as well as for best rock song.

"I grew up listening to R&B," he said on the red carpet several hours before the awards show. "To be nominated for that is pretty major."

He's up for an award for best traditional R&B performance for "Please Come Home," as well as scoring a nomination for best rock song for "Ain't Messin' Round."

And viewers will see him perform in yet another genre, country music, when he jams during the telecast with Keith Urban.

"I didn't realize how comfortable I was with all the country music," Clark said. "Throw a little twang on the guitar and see what happens."

-- Beth Harris -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/bethharrisap