The ‘Jenny From the Block’ hitmaker ‘ who is currently appearing on the judging panel of TV show ‘American Idol’ ‘ has revealed the 28-year-old rapper features on her ‘I’m Into You’, from her forthcoming seventh album ‘Love?’.
Speaking to fans during an online chat, she explained: “My next single I believe will be a song called ‘I’m Into You’ and it’s going to feature Lil Wayne, so look out for that. Lil Wayne is very unique and fresh. Plus he’s on my single!”
The singer-and-actress scored major success in the US with her last single, ‘On The Floor’ ‘ which number five in the US Billboard hot 100 chart – and recently told how she had felt ‘emotionally connected” to it from the first time producer RedOne played it to her.
She said: “The minute RedOne played it for me, I made him play it 20 times in a row, and I just sat there at the board and I kept listening to it and listening to it.
“Because I really feel like, emotionally, I connected to it, but also because of how much I love to dance and how much that’s always been such a big part of who I am since I started.’
‘Love?’ is expected to be released in May.
BET’s Fifth Annual Hip Hop awards 2010 are heading to Atlanta. Comedian Mike Epps will return to host the awards at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta on Saturday, October 2. The awards show will premiere on BET Tuesday, October 12. In addition, a contest is coinciding with the BET Hip Hop Awards, too: DefJam Rapstar is hosting a competition where aspiring rappers can upload 16 bars of their raps to a beat provided by producers LL Cool J and Dr. Dre to win an all expenses paid trip to the Hip Hop Awards. For official contest rules and deadlines please visit BET Rapper Jay Z has the highest number of nominations with 11 nominations. Relative newcomer to the scene Drake is close behind with eight nominations. Eminem, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Diddy, B.o.B., and T.I. all made the list in multiple categories.
The nominees for all categories are below:
Best Live Performer
Lyricist of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Waka Flocka Flame
Hustler of the Year
People’s Champ Award
Cali Swagg District
Track of the Year
B.o.B. – Airplanes
DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win
Young Money – Bedrock
Rick Ross – B.M.F.
Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind
Perfect Combo Award
B.o.B & Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
Diddy-Dirty Money, Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj
DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Jadakiss & Nicki Minaj
Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Best Hip Hop Blog Site
DJ Of The Year
DJ Tony Neal
Producer Of The Year
Polow Da Don
Hip Hop Video Director Of The Year
MVP Of The Year
Best Hip-Hop Video
B.o.B – Nothin’ On You
Drake – Find Your Love
Jay-Z – Run This Town
Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind
Jay-Z – On To The Next One
Best Club Banger
Diddy-Dirty Money “Hello Good Morning”
DJ Khaled ft Snoop, Ludacris, T-Pain “All I Do Is Win”
Rick Ross ft Styles P “BMF”
Young Jeezy ft Plies “Lose My Mind”
Waka Flocka “O Let’s Do It”
CD Of The Year
Drake “Thank Me Later”
Jay-Z “Blueprint 3″
Rick Ross “Teflon Don”
B.o.B “The Adventures Of Bobby Ray”
More than 75 stars — from the legendary Barbra Streisand to rapper Lil Wayne and actor Vince Vaughn — gathered at Hollywood’s Henson Recording Studios on the day before yesterday (Feb. 1) to record the 25th anniversary version of “We Are The World.” Like its predecessor, “We Are The World – 25 For Haiti” features a diverse lineup: this time ranging from Streisand and Celine Dion to actor Jeff Bridges. But it also boasts a major hip-hop contingent (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Akon, Kid Cudi, Drake), young newcomers (Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber) and major-league high technology. “This is like running through hell with gasoline underwear,” said Quincy Jones with a laugh late last night during a five-minute recording break. The video for “We Are the World – 25 For Haiti” will world premiere in 3D during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday, Feb. 12. Academy Award-winning writer/director Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby”) directed the video, an online version will feature green screen, allowing viewers to place themselves in the We Are the World lineup as well. Proceeds from the contemporary recording and the accompanying video will go directly to Haitian relief efforts through the We Are The World Foundation, a newly created not-for-profit organization comprised of board members Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Wyclef Jean, Paul Haggis, AEG Live president/CEO Randy Phillips and Ambassador Louis Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank. Helping to underwrite the project was Visa.
Joining Jones in the media tent (which housed two video screens showing both looped and real-time footage of the recording) was an equally tired but ebullient Lionel Richie, who produced and co-wrote the original song with Michael Jackson. He, Jones and Jean are executive producers of the new song, with newly minted Grammy Award winner/producer RedOne and producer/musical director Ricky Minor (“American Idol”) also onboard. Richie and Jones noted that other artists beyond those on hand last night will be added to the recording. Among those will be Janet Jackson, who will sing brother Michael’s middle part in the original. Asked the reason for going with all new artists for the re-recording, Richie said, “It’s the toughest thing; you want to jump in, but then you must realize you have to pass the torch.” Richie, who sang on the original version as well, passed his torch to newcomer Beiber, who sings Richie’s part in the new song. Asked what Michael Jackson would be doing if he were alive to participate in the re-recording, Richie said, “I know it’s hard to believe, but if Michael were alive, he would be behind the scenes with us doing exactly what we’re doing: supporting everyone. I must say, the enthusiasm I’ve witnessed in there…I’ve never seen anything like it. What made it so interesting this time around is we took longer to record because we now have cell phones and Twitter. Instead of having down time where everyone is sitting around doing nothing, everybody was taking pictures of each other.” The gathered artists also broke into an impromptu version of the Bill Withers classic “Lean on Me,” sparked by Melanie Fiona’s hurting feet. “We were standing for quite a while and my feet started to hurt a bit. So I told Musiq Soulchild that I was going to lean on him. He said this isn’t ‘Lean on Me.’ Then someone else said lean on me and Celine started singing. The rest is what you saw on camera, history.”
Also making their way to the media room to share their experiences were: Jordin Sparks: “I was standing next to Rob Thomas and Lil Wayne in front of me. Then Brandy, Tyrese and Natalie Cole. Everybody is having a good time, so excited to be a part of something bigger than us. I’ve always loved Michael’s love for the world. I love the song; they’ve changed it up a little bit. It has a little more — I hate this word — but swag, I guess. But it’s going to be awesome.” Natalie Cole: “It’s a bubbly, energetic mood in there. I was standing by Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson; we were all getting numbers and autographs. But we were also in a thoughtful mood in there because of the images of Haiti on the video screens behind us in the studio. It was also very emotional because a Haitian film crew — who had just got out in time — spoke to us as well.” Celine Dion: “People are very touched to be here. Wehave to enjoy ourselves; we’re talking about music and about someone who was living through music. Michael’s fashion was to help change the world through his lyrics. Through our music, voices and talent, all of us together…you can’t just say this is terrible. Tonight we have this opportunity to make a difference.” Josh Groban: “I got Kenny Rogers’ original harmony with Paul Simon and I was happy for that. But I don’t know yet who the harmony will be with; it’s to be determined. Then they had me do a riff at the end with some bravado…that was the token classical note of the song (laughs). It’s inspired chaos. We’re all there for the same reason and it’s great to see so many legendary artists sweating it out; doing it until it’s over. Everybody left their ego at the door. To be smack dab in the middle of a sandwich between Weezy and Barbra Streisand was personally a creative experience I don’t think I’ll have the pleasure of having again. It just goes to show the mix and match of people who are here to help. I can only hope this version has the impact of the original.” Lil Wayne: “I’ve never been involved in anything like this. But coming out I feel blessed and feel like I’ve done something today. And that’s always a good day. When I got here, I was like what am I doing, will I be rapping or what? Then they told me I was doing Bob Dylan’s part and I was like, you guys are real good comedians. But I approached it the best way I knew how. Did I do a better job than Bob Dylan? Hell, no. But after I did his part, it hit me that this was something way more important than I could ever imagine. Before I go, I just want to say I think it’s amazing what’s been done for Haiti but I also think it’s amazing what hasn’t been done for New Orleans. Thank you.”
Bow Wow is officially a Cash Money Millionaire. The rapper revealed on Sunday that he is the newest signee to Lil Wayne and Birdman’s label. “I’m officially the newest member to the Cash Money team!” the 22-year-old wrote on Twitter. “Bow Wow, Wayne, and Drake? Who [gonna] stop that trio! Shout to Stunna for believing in me and givn me a chance. Shout out 2 Wayne for letn me walk on board! And my YM family and Cash Money family.”The announcement comes just months after Bow Wow said he was hanging up the mic after his seventh album New Jack City II to pursue acting and business ventures. “This Continue reading →
Rather than mourn Michael Jackson’s death, the celebrities who took to the stage at the 2009 BET awards celebrated the memory of the King of Pop with pumped-up performances, heartfelt words and a surprise appearance by the star’s own sister Janet Jackson. The Shrine Auditorium ceremony kicked off with a tribute to young Michael, as ’80′s idols New Edition dressed up in funky ’70s-era clothes to sing the Jackson 5′s “ABC” and “The Love You Save.” Host Jamie Foxx emerged wearing an outfit reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s famous “Beat It” gear: red leather jacket, cropped black pants, high white socks and black loafers. The Oscar winner then performed a dance sequence from Jackson’s video, moonwalking (and stumbling) across the stage to honor the pop superstar. “We are here for the greatest. There’s no need to be sad,” said Foxx to a star-studded audience that included Diddy, Tyra Banks and Lil Wayne. Other notable performances included Beyoncé’s costume-changing medley of “Ave Maria” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” Ciara’s take on Jackson’s “Heal the World” and Queen Latifah’s duet with Mary Mary on the gospel duo’s “God in Me.” And in keeping with the night’s positive vibe, Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean both received humanitarian awards for their charitable works. Tributes to the late star continued throughout the night, and father Joe Jackson shed a tear in the audience after Ne-Yo’s performance of the King of Pop’s “Lady in My Life.” (Jackson protégé Usher told he had hoped to make the ceremony but couldn’t get back from overseas in time; I look forward to seeing the show and I plan to work on a tribute to Michael Jackson when I return,” he said.) As the awards came to an end, Janet Jackson surprised the crowd by taking the stage to give thanks to fans for their support in the wake of her brother’s death. “My entire family wanted to be here tonight, but it was just too painful, so they elected me to be here,” Janet Jackson said. “I’d just like to say, to you, Michael is an icon, to us, Michael is family. And he will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much.” After she left the stage, Foxx and Ne-Yo closed the show with the Jackson 5′s “I’ll Be There.” Here’s the complete list of winners from the 2009 BET Awards:
Video of the Year: Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”
Male R&B Artis: Ne-Yo
Female R&B Artist: Beyoncé
Male Hip-Hop Artist: Lil Wayne
Female Hip-Hop Artist: M.I.A.
Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
New Artist: Keri Hilson
Group: Day 26
Collaboration: Jamie Foxx/T-Pain “Blame It”
Video Director: Benny Boom
Viewers’ Choice Award: T.I. (featuring Rihanna) “Live Your Life”
Actor: Will Smith
Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Female Athlete of the Year: Serena Williams
Male Athlete of the Year: LeBron James
Centric Award: Jazmine Sullivan
It wasn’t the sharpest display of skills, but for a sold-out crowd of urban pop fans, it was a few hours of unadulterated fun. A horde of r & b singers, rappers and their hype men invaded the Comcast Center Sunday for the annual extravaganza known as Summer Jam, which technically takes place in the spring, but who cares? Every year, JAM’N 94.5 assembles the hottest radio artists and stuffs them into a six-hour marathon of waving towels, splashing water and backing tracks doing most of the work. The smell of weed smoke wafts through the air and many performers adhere to a reliable thug-by-numbers blueprint. This year’s all-male lineup was light on big-time star power, minus r & b ringleaders Akon and T-Pain, and the early portion proved to be a mixed bag. Newcomer Asher Roth served as ringleader of what appeared to be a tiresome frat party, but Kanye West protege Kid Cudi fared better with “Make Her Say” and the hypnotic “Day ’n’ Nite.” DJ Drama did what DJs do best – scream over popular records and sport a gargantuan chain, while Mims and a hype man worked hard for “Like This,” the circular logic of “This Is Why I’m Hot” and the bass-heavy “Move.” The venue didn’t truly heat up until Akon took the stage. True, the high-energy hitman was often too busy working the crowd to avoid lip syncing, but snippets of “We Takin’ Over,” “I’m So Paid” and “Right Now” turned the venue into a mosh pit nonetheless. Massive-bodied pop rapper Flo Rida kept the energy high on bounce-heavy hits “Low” and “Sugar,” but he may want to take some breath-control lessons from Bow Wow. Energetic and lyrically focused, the Summer Jam regular delivered on “I Think They Like Me,” “Fresh Azimiz” and “Outta My System,” tossing in a pair of Soulja Boy songs for the no-show Teen of Da South, who missed his flight.T-Pain’s closing set was all about big beats, enthralling dance routines and a cute piano interlude, but it was also an indication of what Summer Jam is really about: hits and hooks, high energy and optional vocal work. The dreadlocked Auto-Tune king often didn’t bother to sing while rolling out his massively popular contributions to urban music, including Kanye West’s “Good Life,” Lil Wayne’s “Got Money” and his own “Buy U a Drank.” And for the majority of the spellbound crowd, there were enough distractions onstage that it didn’t matter.
Might Vincent Chase suddenly not be the best looking person in his Entourage? Sources confirm that Zac Efron has landed a guest-starring role on the hit HBO series. No word yet on the exact role Efron will play, but the show is known for depicting celebrities simply as themselves. “He was filming a scene and talking on his cell phone,” said an onlooker near the Beverly Hills Niketown store, where Efron was being filmed. “None of the other Entourage cast was here. He was really nice.” Season six of the show premieres on July 12. Efron is far from the only famous guest star lined up. The following celebs will also appear on the series:
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss received Album of the Year award for their duet LP ‘Raising Sand’ during the live show of 2009 Grammy Awards which was closed by Stevie Wonder’s live performance.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss walked out of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with another nod. Through their collaborative album “Raising Sand”, the two musicians got the coveted Album of the Year title.
The duet effort has successfully put aside Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”, Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III”, Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” and Radiohead’s “In Rainbows”. Previously, the record was also announced as Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
2009 Grammy Awards taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on February 8 was closed with a live appearance from Stevie Wonder. He performed solo accompanied by a live band.
Partial List of 51st Annual Grammy Awards:
Record Of The Year: “Please Read The Letter” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Album Of The Year: “Raising Sand” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Song Of The Year : “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
Best New Artist: Adele
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Chasing Pavements” – Adele
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Say” – John Mayer
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Rich Woman” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best Pop Vocal Album: “Rockferry” – Duffy
Best Dance Recording: “Harder Better Faster Stronger” – Daft Punk
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Still Unforgettable” – Natalie Cole
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: “Gravity” – John Mayer
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon
Best Hard Rock Performance: “Wax Simulacra” – The Mars Volta
Best Metal Performance: “My Apocalypse” – Metallica
Best Rock Song: “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” – Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Album: “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
Best Alternative Music Album: “In Rainbows” – Radiohead
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: “Superwoman” – Alicia Keys
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: “Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “Stay With Me (By the Sea)” – Al Green Feat. John Legend
Best R&B Song: “Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo
Best R&B Album: “Jennifer Hudson” – Jennifer Hudson
Best Contemporary R&B Album: “Growing Pains” – Mary J. Blige
Best Rap Solo Performance: “A Milli” – Lil Wayne
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: “Swagga Like Us” – Jay-Z & T.I. Feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “American Boy” – Estelle Feat. Kanye West
Best Rap Song: “Lollipop” – Lil Wayne
Best Rap Album: “Tha Carter III” – Lil Wayne
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: “Last Name” – Carrie Underwood
Best Male Country Vocal Performance: “Letter to Me” – Brad Paisley
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “Stay” – Sugarland
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: “Killing The Blues” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best Country Song: “Stay” – Sugarland
Best Country Album: “Troubadour” – George Strait
Best Short Form Music Video: “Pork And Beans” – Weezer
Best Long Form Music Video: “Runnin’ Down A Dream” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Full winners list of 2009 Grammy Awards can be obtained on Grammy.com.
The rapper welcomed her first child with her fiance, musician Benjamin Bronfman, into the world in Los Angeles last Wednesday (11.02.09).
M.I.A. announced her happy news on her MySpace blog, writing: “MY BABY WAS BORN WEDNESDAY, HE IS HEALTHY, FINE, BEAUTIFUL AND THE MOST AMZING THING EVER ON THIS PLANET, OF COURSE IM HIS MUM!!! ME AND BABY ARE PUTTING OUR TOUR DATES FOR 2010 TOGETHER AND MAKING MIX TAPES AND FIGURING OUT A WAY TO BREAK OUT OF THE HOSPITAL! (sic)”
The couple are yet to announce the baby’s name. The 31-year-old British-born musician went into labour just hours after performing at the Grammy Awards on February 8.
M.I.A., who performed ‘Swagga Like Us’ with Jay-Z, T.I., Lil Wayne and Kanye West at the ceremony, revealed she began having contractions at 2am the following morning.
Speaking at the prestigious ceremony, the rapper admitted she couldn’t wait to give birth.
Asked what she was most looking forward to about becoming a mother, she said: “Everything. I think it’s going to be the best thing in the world!”
M.I.A. announced her pregnancy last October, but was keen to keep the baby’s sex a secret.
She said: “When I found out I was pregnant and ‘Paper Planes’ was in the iTunes top 10, it seemed like the whole world was reshuffled in one week, and all my plans went out the window. I’ve got two kids, that’s what it feels like. And that’s the lesson – you can’t make plans.”
The event also saw Robert Plant take home the key album of the year title for his collaboration with Alison Krauss on Raising Sand, as well as record of the year with the track Please Read The Letter.
Coldplay’s triumphs included the prized song of the year award for Viva La Vida, and the same track won performance of the year. Their fourth album – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends – was named best rock album.
Chris Martin told guests at the Los Angeles awards show: “We’ve never had so many Grammys in our life. We feel so grateful to be here. I’m going to tear up.”
Plant’s haul of trophies included an incredible five titles with best contemporary folk/Americana album, best country vocal collaboration and best pop collaboration with vocals completing their cache.
Former Led Zep frontman Plant, 60, said: “I’d like to say I’m bewildered. In the old days we would have called this selling out. But it’s a good way to spend a Sunday.”
Other Brit performers to be rewarded included Adele who was named best new artist and took the best pop vocal performance title for her single Chasing Pavements.
And collecting the title she namechecked a fellow homegrown solo star: “Duffy, I love you. I think you’re amazing.”
Radiohead took two awards – best alternative album for In Rainbows and best boxed or special edition album.The band were among the performers at the prestigious US event last night – performing with a marching band – along with U2, Sir Paul McCartney (backed by Dave Grohl) and M.I.A. who showed extreme commitment because she had been due to give birth last night.
Lil Wayne, nominated for eight prizes, landed four awards at the annual event which features dozens of categories.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE WITH MILEY CYRUS AND TAYLOR SWIFT ESTELLE AND KANYE WEST TO PERFORM TOGETHER
FOUR TOPS TRIBUTE TO FEATURE DUKE FAKIR, JAMIE FOXX, AND NE-YO
Sheryl Crow, Craig Ferguson, Al Green, Jay Mohr, Queen Latifah, and T-Pain Are Latest Presenters Announced for Music’s Biggest Night® Live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 8
Current GRAMMY® nominees Adele, Chris Brown, and Sugarland; a special performance with Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift; Estelle and Kanye West to perform together; and a Four Tops tribute featuring Duke Fakir (2009 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree and original member of the Four Tops), Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx, and current nominee Ne-Yo are the next round of performers announced for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards. They join previously announced performers Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Kid Rock, Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney (with special guest drummer Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters), Katy Perry, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Radiohead, Rihanna, T.I. and Justin Timberlake, U2, Carrie Underwood, and Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West in a special performance of their hit single “Swagga Like Us.” Nine-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Sheryl Crow, talk show host Craig Ferguson (CBS’ “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), nine-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Al Green, actor Jay Mohr (CBS’ “Gary Unmarried”), GRAMMY winner Queen Latifah, and rapper and current nominee T-Pain are the latest presenters announced for Music’s Biggest Night®. Previously announced presenters include actor Simon Baker (CBS’ “The Mentalist”), actor/musician Jack Black, current three-time GRAMMY nominee Duffy, current nominee Josh Groban, three-time GRAMMY-winning jazz musician and current nominee Charlie Haden, actor Samuel L. Jackson and Academy Award®-winning actress and current GRAMMY nominee Gwyneth Paltrow. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, on Twitter at “theGRAMMYs,” on Facebook at “The Recording Academy,” on YouTube at “51stGRAMMYs,” and on Last.fm at “the51stgrammys.” Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.
Ne-Yo has six nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary R&B Album for Year Of The Gentleman; Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (“Closer”); Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“Miss Independent”); and two nods for Best R&B Song (“Miss Independent” and “Spotlight,” both with Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen).
Adele and T-Pain have four nods: Adele is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year (with Eg White) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Chasing Pavements,” and Best New Artist. T-Pain has two nominations
in Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Low” with Flo Rida and “Got Money” with Lil Wayne), one for Best Rap Song (“Low” with T. Dillard and M. Humphrey), and one for Album Of The Year (as a featured artist and producer on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III).
Al Green is nominated in three categories: Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“Stay With Me (By The Sea)” with John Legend), Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance (“You’ve Got The Love I Need” with Anthony Hamilton), and Best R&B Album (Lay It Down).
Chris Brown, Estelle and Sugarland each have two nods: Chris Brown is nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (“No Air” with Jordin Sparks) and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“Take You Down”). Estelle has nominations in Song Of The Year (with William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, and Kanye West) and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (with Kanye West) for “American Boy.” Sugarland is up for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“Stay”) and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals (“Life In A Northern Town” with Jake Owen and Little Big Town).
Sheryl Crow is up for Best Pop Vocal Album (Detours).
As previously announced, this year’s “My GRAMMY Moment” segment on the telecast gives music fans an opportunity to virtually share music’s biggest stage with current GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry. Produced in partnership with CBS.com, music fans can upload a 30- to 60-second video of themselves singing along to a portion of Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” to www.cbs.com/grammys through Feb. 6. Videos will be voted on by fans and the public at-large, and the most popular videos will be shown as part of Perry’s performance on Music’s Biggest Night.
Additionally, The 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place from 1 – 3:45 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be streamed live internationally on www.grammy.com beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Hosting and performing at the Pre-Telecast will be current GRAMMY nominees Wayne Brady and Tia Carrere, with additional live performances by Latin GRAMMY-winning folk/jazz singer and current nominee Lila Downs, GRAMMY-winning classical artist and current nominee Hilary Hahn, and current GRAMMY nominee Heavy D. Presenting GRAMMY Awards in approximately 99 categories will be four-time GRAMMY-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams, producer/host of “Millennium of Music” radio show Robert Aubry Davis, GRAMMY-winning songwriter/producer Lamont Dozier, GRAMMY-winning children’s folk artists Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, comedian Alex Raymundo, and actor Blair Underwood. The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on GRAMMY.com for 30 days following the event.
The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Walter C. Miller is producer/director, Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers. Musical directors for the telecast and pre-telecast are Rickey Minor and Larry Batiste, respectively.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
With only a few days to go until the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy is atwitter with news of additional performers and presenters — literally. The Grammy Twitter feed lit up this morning with word that Kanye West would be performing with U.K. newcomer Estelle, pretty much guaranteeing a rendition of one of 2008’s hottest singles, “American Boy.” (How good was it? It hit Number Seven on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 100 Singles of 2008.)
And Sunday night will feature another duet: Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus are teaming up for the former’s sweet song “Fifteen” from the chart-topping Fearless, according to Ryan Seacrest’s Twitter. In addition, Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx have been confirmed as performers for the Four Tops tribute, which will feature original member Duke Fakir. Adele, Chris Brown and Sugarland will also take the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, while Sheryl Crow, Craig Ferguson, Al Green, Jay Mohr, Queen Latifah and T-Pain will head to the podium to make awkward banter and present trophies.
Just last week, the Grammys added a slew of big-name artists to Sunday, February 8th’s performance lineup: U2, Kid Rock, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and Rihanna joined Radiohead, Coldplay, Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, T.I., Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Jonas Brothers and Jennifer Hudson.
As always, Rolling Stone will be on the ground in L.A. Grammy night bringing you the latest from the red carpet to the green room to the afterparties. But for now, check out artists’ predictions for who will walk away with the biggest honors in our Grammy Faceoff ‘09 — and don’t miss all our other essential Grammy coverage on our Grammy hub.