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Adele Sweeps The Grammys; Nicki Minaj's 'Roman Holiday': VIDEO

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Adele sang splendidly and won everything she was nominated for, all six awards, taking it all in stride right up until the end, when she broke down accepting the award for Best Album. It was sweet. Glenn Campbell performed well, despite Alzheimer's. The surviving Beach Boys, reunited just for the awards, sounded far better doing "Good Vibrations" than either the touring band of faux Beach Boys or Brian Wilson's solo group. The Foo Fighters were formulaic. Katy Perry, like most teenybopper-courting space aliens since Marc Bolan, is entirely a creation of studio gimmickry. Rihanna was fine. Jennifer Hudson's tribute to Whitney was brief and tasteful. Paul McCartney's regal and generous, aging vocal cords or no. And Nicki Minaj ...

Well. It's a good thing they stuck her at the end. She debuted a new single, "Roman Holiday," from the upcoming album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and in so doing took hip-hop to strange, gothic places. Sometimes Nicki sounded like The Dresden Dolls. She shouted, moaned, brayed off-key, toyed with Catholic iconography, got huffy with a priest, and flew. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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NEWS: Trouble In Egypt, Troubles With Twinkies

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Road Nobel Peace Prize-winning moderate Mohamed ElBaradei backs out of Egyptian presidential election:

“The former regime did not fall,” Mr. ElBaradei said in a statement, arguing that the military council that took power in the name of the revolution had instead proved to be an extension of the Mubarak government. “My conscience does not permit me to run for the presidency or any other official position unless it is within a real democratic system.”

On the eve of the anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising that forced Mr. Mubarak from power, Mr. ElBaradei’s announcement may help rally support for the protests planned for that day to demand the exit of the ruling military council.

Road Congrats to Susan Allen, the first Native American lesbian elected to a US state legislature:

During a special general election to the Minnesota State House, Allen defeated her opponent Nathan Blumenshine with 56 percent of the vote to fill the vacated seat of now Senator Jeff Hayden.

The morning after the election, Allen said she wanted to dive into legislative work and her early priorities were to bring jobs and job training to her district and work on a fair tax system for Minnesota. As an openly gay legislator, Allen also said she would begin her fight against the discriminatory constitutional marriage amendment.

On her website, Allen states, “I am a passionate supporter of marriage equality. As a lesbian, I feel this inequality every day. I will use my position as State Rep to speak loudly against the marriage amendment and in favor of equality for all Minnesota families. I will also use my 2012 reelection campaign as a vehicle to turn out voters against writing discrimination into our state constitution.”

Road America's "second most famous" transman comes out as gay.

Road Democrats used Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" in an anti-Romney ad. They didn't ask her permission. Ms. Lauper was not amused.

Road Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin in made-for-TV movie. (Ed Harris will play John McCain.)

Road A lovely interview with gently deranged Brian Wilson.

Road Incredible! One bit of memory stored on a 12-atom chip!

Below 12 atoms the researchers found that the bits randomly lost information, owing to quantum effects.

... "We kept building larger structures until we emerged out of the quantum mechanical into the classical data storage regime and we reached this limit at 12 atoms."

Picture 35 Road Twinkie-maker Hostess, more than $1 billion in debt, to declare bankruptcy.

Road Longform.org's "Guide To The Campaign Trail" -- some of the best longform campaign trail journalism ever. (If you've got nothing against long sentences with too few commas, check out the David Foster Wallace piece. It's gorgeous.)

Road Protest against Girl Scout Cookie boycott leads to YouTube war.

Road Civil War-era submarine -- the first ever used in combat -- restored and displayed for first time in South Carolina:

Considered the Confederacy's stealth weapon, the Hunley sank the Union warship Housatonic in winter 1864, and then disappeared with all eight Confederate sailors inside.

The narrow, top-secret "torpedo fish," built in Mobile, Alabama by Horace Hunley from cast iron and wrought iron with a hand-cranked propeller, arrived in Charleston in 1863 while the city was under siege by Union troops and ships.

In the ensuing few months, it sank twice after sea trial accidents, killing 13 crew members including Horace Hunley, who was steering.

Road In the sweetest story of the day, a 111-year-old Iraqi woman is sworn in as a brand-new US citizen:

[Warina Zaya] Bashou was born in 1900 and is the second-oldest person on record to be naturalized.

Bashou credits her longevity to drinking green tea.

Bashou has been in the United States nine years. She said through an interpreter that becoming a citizen is something she wanted to do for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to remember her by.

She turns 112 in July.


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #862

JIM KOSEK: The Accuweather meteorologist freaks out over the Bronx Zoo cobra.

FEAR THE BEARD: Brian Wilson's new ad for SportsCenter.

SIGNS: Bullied teen shares story.

SMITE APPLE: Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt leads wingnut prayer urgin God to rebuke Apple for removing the "ex-gay" Exodus International app.

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Watch: SF Giant Brian Wilson Introduces Jay Leno to 'The Machine'

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson introduces Jay Leno to 'The Machine'.

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