One star is in trouble with drugs. The other is mourning for his deceased mother.
Amy Winehouse and Kanye West are the most-nominated performers, and most likely top winners, at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, which will emanate live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles starting at 8 on CBS.
Given all the drama surrounding both Winehouse and West, Sunday’s Grammys could end up being one of the most emotional, if not one of the strangest, in the show’s long history.
That’s fitting since the show is about to hit its own dramatic high. Tonight marks the Grammys’ 50th anniversary. Given the state of the industry it celebrates, the date could well bring on a full-force, midlife crisis.
Battered by illegal downloading, and dwindling sales overall, the music industry desperately needs the extra exposure from Sunday’s event. It almost didn’t get the chance, due to the writers’ strike.
Organizers dodged two bullets in the last few weeks. First, they convinced the striking union not to picket the event. Then they got them to grant a waiver for its workers to pen the show’s script.
Then again, the Grammys have always downplayed talk in favor of performances, the better to inspire sales. Sunday’s show promises splashy performances from Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and Best New Artist nominee Feist.
Those who watch the 3-1/2-hour event will also see a segment pairing Rihanna with a reunited version of ’80s R&B hitmakers The Time, plus several duets – between Fergie and John Legend, Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, and a three-way with John Fogerty, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Nearly 100 Grammys will be handed out, but all but a handful will be announced at a preshow event this afternoon. At the actual show, viewers will see the top winners revealed, with the edge going to West, who has eight nominations, and Winehouse, who boasts six.
Stars marching in with five bids include the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain. Artists armed with four include Akon, Dierks Bentley, Chris Daughtry, Feist, Ne-Yo, Tim McGraw, Rihanna, and Bruce Springsteen.
Winehouse – who won’t attend tonight’s show despite being granted a visa at the last minute – will perform via satellite from England. She is the only star up in all four top categories (Album, Record, Song of the Year and Best New Artist). The big question is, will voters feel like enablers should they give those top prizes to someone who has seemingly spent more time impaired than onstage in the last year?
Also worth pondering is whether West will finally get the top prizes denied him in the last few years based on the sympathy vote because of his mother’s death.
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