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Read this: Grammy Awards, Jon Stewart's Obama jokes, Olympic fashion, 'Avatar' beats 'Titanic'


Beyoncé accepts her Grammy for best female pop vocal performance. (Reuters/Mike Blake)

Happy Monday, everyone! Chris Richards has pulled superhero duty, traveling to Los Angeles to cover last night's Grammy Awards. It was a great night for Beyoncé, who won six awards.

Plus, peruse a photo gallery of the show's highlights and read through Chris's online chat about the performances -- and the after-parties.

In other news:

  • Jon Stewart has used his "Daily Show' platform to hurl increasingly acrid barbs at President Barack Obama. "Stewart, who makes no secret of leaning left, is a pop-culture bellwether," writes Howard Kurtz. And his remarks are generating partisan buzz.

  • Upon first glance, the best bit of this Robin Givhan piece about the Olympics Games' "tortured relationship with fashion" may be the restrained photo caption: "The taste level of Russian ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin is being questioned." But there's more:

    The ice dancers have chosen to emulate the dark skin of Australian aborigines by wearing unitards in varying shades of brown. The costumes have white swirls to mimic body paint. Faux leaves dangle from their limbs and torso. They're also wrapped in bits of red fabric that are supposed to represent loincloths but that resemble poorly made skorts -- a garment that no man should ever wear, not even male figure skaters who, over time, have managed to get away with everything from gauntlets to ruffled epaulettes. Serious folks who represent the aboriginal culture have announced to the media that they are offended. As well they should be, if for no other reason than the costumes are hideous.

  • James Cameron's "Avatar" has surpassed Cameron's other record-surpassing movie, "Titanic," at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time.

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