The Associated Press
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.
AFTER THE GRAMMYS? INDIA!
For the Grammy Awards official after-party, celebrants went to India.
Actually, they just went to the Los Angeles Convention Center, right next door to the Staples Center where the 55th annual Grammy ceremony was held, but the space inside was transformed into a Bollywood party.
Belly dancers writhed rhythmically on various stages beneath lanterns and bright pink canopies, while aerial gymnasts dangled overhead. The massive ballroom was dotted with such stages and food stations boasting fare from Asia and America.
The B-52s and Estelle performed, drawing partygoers to the dance floor.
Multiple Grammy-winner Skrillex was among the celebrants, but he made an early exit -- likely to attend one of many private post-Grammy parties planned for throughout the city.
-- Sandy Cohen, www.twitter.com/APSandy.
GRAMMY PREZ ON CLOTHING COVER-UP
The Recording Academy's president says this year's great clothing cover-up kerfuffle was "much ado about nothing."
A memo from CBS surfaced earlier this week advising Grammy participants to avoid wearing see-through clothing and to make sure "buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered" during the show's broadcast.
"For some reason people thought this was something new or different or even foreboding as far as being restrictive," Neil Portnow said backstage after the show.
What was outlined in the memo was simply the standard the show has followed every year for at least a decade, he said.
What's more, he added, every TV network has to communicate its standards and practices to anyone appearing on its shows.
Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Rowland, who both wore only slightly revealing outfits, joked about the memo.
-- Beth Harris -- Twitter http://twitter.com/bethharrisap___
JUANES PLANS BILINGUAL ALBUM
Colombian rocker Juanes has been so inspired by performing the songs of his idols at Grammy events this week that he plans to include a few English tracks on his new album.
"Now I can sing in English easier than before," he said backstage after performing a bilingual version of Elton John's "Your Song." "Probably I'm going to do some tracks. Maybe four."
Juanes also performed Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" at Grammy's MusiCares event honoring The Boss over the weekend.
"It was such a great opportunity for me," he said. "I just met Elton John tonight. I met Bruce last year. ... They are an inspiration to me. I grew up listening to all this music when I was a teenager, and now I understand them a lot more so I love them even more."
-- Sandy Cohen -- www.twitter.com/APSandy .
QUICKQUOTE: ZAC BROWN
"It's been like I've been hanging out with my entire CD collection." Grammy winner Zac Brown backstage on performing with legendary musicians during Grammy week.
-- Sandy Cohen -- www.twitter.com/APSandy .
CARRIE UNDERWOOD's PROJECTOR DRESS
Carrie Underwood used the huge skirt of her gray dress as a digital projector during her Grammy Awards performance.
As she sang "Blown Away" and " Two Black Cadillacs" various images flashed on her dress.
"They can do a lot of amazing things with projectors these days," she said backstage, holding her trophy for best country solo performance. "We had a dress especially made. I said I should take that home and we can watch movies on it."
Underwood said she had to stand in a specific spot on the Staples Center stage to make it work.
"It took a lot of precision," she said.
-- Beth Harris -- Twitter http://twitter.com/bethharrisap
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
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.