Christina Aguilera

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It's 2:13 p.m. I'm at the Shrine, one of many E! Online staffers here today. Wondering why black-tie events in L.A. always take place on the hottest days? Tie's already loosened, and the ceremony's still hours away!

Now, some scoop.

Let's hope the awards go off better than a couple of the rehearsals went down this weekend. As I reported earlier, Kanye West was almost two hours late for his run-through yesterday with Wayne Brady and Rainn Wilson for their musical spoof of reality competition shows.

Then this morning, the day of the big show, Christina Aguilera was 30 minutes late for her rehearsal with Tony Bennett of their "Steppin' Out with My Baby" duet. Bennett finally started without her.

Bennett and Aguilera's rehearsal yesterday went much more smoothly, I'm told. "It was really good," a source reports. "Maybe Christina didn't think they needed to rehearse as much today."

—Filed by Marc Malkin

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