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Grammys in brief

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Hatcher reveals all for Grammy

`Desperate Housewives' star Teri Hatcher decided to leave as little to the imagination as possible when she arrived at the Grammy Awards in a stunning, transparent blue John Paul Gaultier dress. ``I didn't want anybody to have to wonder if I wore underwear or not,'' quipped Hatcher, who was a presenter at the show. ``We did a few twirls around to make sure you weren't seeing anything you weren't supposed to be seeing,'' she added. When Hatcher arrived for the Golden Globe Awards last month, E! cable network correspondent Isaac Mizrahi startled her when he pulled on her halter top, saying he was looking for a hidden speech. This time she surprised everyone else, and herself. ``Wow! That is see-through,'' she said after checking herself out in a television monitor.

Les Paul's get-well present

Hospitalized with fluid in his lungs and a heart condition, guitar legend Les Paul says winning two Grammys made him feel like an old building that somebody put a new flagpole in front of. ``I didn't believe it,'' the 90-year-old Paul said by phone from his hospital bed in New Jersey, where he learned Wednesday night he had won Grammys for best pop instrumental and best rock instrumental. ``I feel like a condemned building with a new flag pole on it,'' he joked. Paul, who has been at Valley Hospital since Friday, was well enough to watch the Grammy Awards on television.

Bacharach beats up on Bush

He won for best instrumental album, but composer Burt Bacharach had plenty to say at the 48th annual Grammy Awards, particularly about the war in Iraq. ``I've never seen times like we've got right now,'' he said backstage, his young children by his side. ``This is the future I'm leaving behind for these kids and I'm concerned because I think we've really made a mess of it. Bacharach, who won for At This Time, accused US President George W. Bush of leading the US into war by ``lying'' that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. ``I never like to be lied to by a girlfriend or agent, and certainly not the president of the United States,'' he said. ``I'm very concerned, as we all should be. That's why the album is called At This Time.''

Country couple makes a call

Husband and wife country crooners Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were happy to talk to anybody about their Grammy win -- even out-of-state callers. When a

reporter's cellphone went off as the two were answering questions, McGraw stepped off the interview stage, grabbed it and handed it to his wife. ``Hi, this is Faith Hill, do you have a question?'' she asked. From his office in New York City, Associated Press Entertainment Editor Jesse Washington asked what she thought of Sly Stone, who received a rousing, star-studded tribute during the 48th annual Grammy Awards. ``He's amazing. I thought his look was classic,'' she said of the artist's flamboyant Mohawk hairstyle. ``We're going to try to pull that off."McGraw then snatched the phone back and told Washington, ``Your reporter is going to have to call you later'' and hung up.

Senator in the house

You don't necessarily have to be a musician to win music's most coveted honor. While the lion's share of the 107 awards went to musicians and their producers and other musical technicians, Senator Barack Obama claimed one in the best spoken word category for his readings from his autobiographical Dreams From My Father. Director Martin Scorsese, perhaps the greatest filmmaker to never win an Academy Award, took home a Grammy for best long-form video for No Direction Home, his celebrated documentary on Bob Dylan. In another ``you don't necessarily have to ... " category, the Grammy for best Latin pop album was captured by Laura Pausini, an Italian.

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