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Behind the scenes with Justin Bieber, Alabama Shakes, Skrillex at the 58th Grammy Award rehearsals

Behind the scenes with Justin Bieber, Alabama Shakes, Skrillex at the 58th Grammy Award rehearsals

A blast of feedback exploded from the PA system inside Staples Center on Friday afternoon during the first day of rehearsals for Monday’s 58th Grammy Awards ceremony, jolting the dozen or so onlookers in the otherwise deserted arena. The noise was coming from a stage positioned mid-arena, or more specifically, from the scruffy performer standing on the circular riser strumming an acoustic guitar.

“Was it in your ears?” head floor manager Gary Hood asked a startled Justin Bieber after seeing him recoil at the sound.

Bieber signaled “No,” but Hood insisted “Take them out anyway,” referring to Bieber’s in-ear sound monitors,...

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