Continued from page 1

Disney teen star Selena Gomez, who is reportedly dating Bieber (but they won’t confirm it), told The Associated Press she was excited for the show.

“I think everybody should be proud of him,” she said.

___

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A year ago, Lady Antebellum was celebrating its first Grammy win. A lot has changed since then for the country trio, which picked up two early awards on Sunday.

“We’re a lot busier,” singer Hillary Scott said. “We’re just stronger than ever as a band and are trying to enjoy this ride. It’s been amazing. We’ve been able to take our music all over the world.”

As the group was walking the red carpet, they had already won two Grammys in the pre-show awards presentation: best country song for “Need You Now” and country performance by a duo or group with vocals.

“We get to go into the night already feeling like winners and it takes the pressure off a little bit,” singer Charles Kelley said.

___

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ B.o.B., whose “Nothin’ on You” with Bruno Mars scored big on the charts, called it a “straitjacket year. Definitely crazy.”

The rapper endorsed one of the year’s other big hitmakers _ teen sensation Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber is my homie. He’s cool,” B.o.B. said. “He’s got all the tools he needs to remain in the industry.”

Bieber wasn’t talking to reporters on the Grammy red carpet, but he was on everyone else’s minds.

“I enjoyed the Bieb’s movie. It’s very sweet,” comedian Kathy Griffin said. “It talks about his weeks of struggle. This is an artist who has really been at this for days. Weeks and weeks of struggle, so gosh, I am pulling for him. If only he could have a modicum of success.”

___

AP Entertainment Writers Alicia Quarles and Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.