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Scenes from Grammy weekend

George Carlin got the last laugh, winning a posthumous Grammy for his final album It's Bad for Ya.

George Carlin got the last laugh, winning a posthumous Grammy for his final album "It's Bad for Ya."

It was released in July, a month after the comedian died of a heart attack at 71.

Kelly Carlin-McCall accepted her father's fifth career Grammy, this time in the comedy album category. He has also won in the spoken comedy category.

"It's like the cherry on the top of a really, big beautiful cake," she said backstage. "I'm just so happy people are honouring my father, yet he's not here and I'd rather have him."

Onstage, Carlin-McCall promised she would treat the Grammy better than her father did with his first in 1972 for the album "FM and AM."

She explained that he took the statuette apart at a time in his life "when a lot of chemicals were being used by a lot of human beings. It was in pieces and someone from the (Recording) Academy found out and sent him a new one."

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Usher was supposed to be one of the performers at music mogul Clive Davis' star-studded bash, but he had to back out for what Davis called a serious illness in his family.

Davis made the announcement moments before Usher was slated to perform in the show. A representative for the singer declined further comment.

But the show did go on in the superstar's absence. With such a plethora of stars in the house, Davis didn't have to go far to look for a replacement in Josh Groban, who took to the piano and sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

"This is my first time playing this song," Groban said. Judging from the audience's ovation, it may not be his last.

But Kanye West thought that Groban should have played another tune altogether.

"I think it would have been really cool if he sang 'Love in This Club,"' the rapper joked on stage, referring to Usher's sexy smash hit.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Taylor Swift boogied as Whitney Houston sang her classic hit, "I'm Every Woman"; Diddy had a photo opp with the Jonas Brothers and Barry Manilow; Katy Perry chatted up the brotherly trio and Rihanna; and good friends Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia partied in the early morning hours with Faith Evans.

There were plenty of A-list moments Saturday night at Davis' pre-Grammy bash, held at the Beverly Hilton. Davis' annual event typically draws a who's-who of entertainment, and Saturday was no different. Prince, Sir Paul McCartney, Sly Stone, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Chris Brown, Diddy and others mingled over the nearly six-hour long event.

Bill Maher provided plenty of off-colour laughs during his stint on stage, poking fun at the mother of the octuplets, and the Michael Phelps pot controversy.

"Obviously the message is you can smoke weed and still be at the top of your game," he declared.

There were plenty of interesting sightings. Paul McCartney chatted up director Penny Marshall, while Jamie Foxx and the Black Eyed Peas' Taboo whipped out their cameras when Houston gave her comeback performance. A giddy Hudson, Fantasia and Evans danced and sang along in the audience as Houston was on stage, to Houston's delight: At one point, she looked at Hudson and said, "I'm so proud of you!"

Davis has held his annual pre-Grammy bash for years, but this year, the Recording Academy took over the event and honoured Davis as one of their industry icons.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some celebrities used their downtime from Grammy rehearsals to visit the posh gift suite set up for their enjoyment.

Grammy nominee Katy Perry walked around tried on pricey sunglasses and picked up some jewelry, asking her entourage for advice on what earrings to pick out.

"The long or the short?" she asked, as she held up a sparkly pair on Friday.

Song of the year nominee Jason Mraz also came through, though he looked a little befuddled when a representative from a flat iron company tried to lure him to pick up one of their products. He ended up getting one, but a representative said he was picking up gifts for his mother.

Others who came through included Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kid Rock, according to representatives for Distinctive Assets, which put on the suite at the Staples Center, where the Grammys are being held Sunday.

It wasn't the only place where stars could get gifted. At the Grammy Style Studio, stars could not only get facials, make up treatments, sneakers and wine from Barry Manilow's winery, they could get designer dresses to wear to Grammy week events - on loan.

 
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