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Security tight as Grammys stars hit red carpet

Published on Feb 11, 2013 6:12 AM
Tyrese and Elle Varner perform on stage at the Staples Center for the pre-telecast of the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 10, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Music stars hit the red carpet Sunday for the Grammys, with veterans like Elton John and Sting joining newcomers including indie pop band fun., hoping to win big in their breakout year.

Security was tight for the industry's biggest awards show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as police watch out for a fugitive suspected cop killer, on the run for three days after threatening to murder more officers.

Organisers are hoping to avoid drama which the Grammys seem to attract - last year with the death of Whitney Houston on the eve of the show; and a few years before with the infamous Chris Brown-Rihanna domestic assault.

The three-and-a-half-hour main event starting at 5pm (9am Singapore time) was preceded by a pre-show for less mainstream categories, where winners included Beach Boy Brian Wilson, who took the prize for best historical album.

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