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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

50th Annual Grammy Awards

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on Sunday, February 10 on CBS at 8 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Alicia Keys will perform. She is always great. There will be a 25th Anniversary Tribute to Michael Jackson's "Thriller.' Morris Day and the Time will join the 19-year-old Barbadian superstar Rihanna for what could be a memorable performance. That should be very interesting. Wonder if Jesse Johnson will show. Janet Jackson will perform her new single, Feedback. Beyonce will join singing legend Tina Turner for a duet. Amy Winehouse has been booked to perform. There will be a duet by Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige.

KANYE WEST has the most nomination with eight, including Album of the Year for his best-selling disc, "Graduation." Rihanna is up for a number of awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for her hit “Umbrella”. Morris Day is now 50 and his most famous bandmates, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, moved on to producing careers long ago. Jesse Johnson had a successful solo career, gained weight and disappeared.

The Writers Guild of America West granted an interim agreement for the 50th annual Grammy Awards, letting the Feb. 10 telecast proceed with WGA writers. The guild endorsement also allows Screen Actors Guild (SGA) members--who were expected to show solidarity with the writers by skipping the ceremony--to attend. Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as 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.
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