Rap/Rock Collides At Grammy’s; Em, Slash, Wayne & More Announced
The worlds of Hip-Hop and Rock will collide during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, which take place this weekend in Los Angeles.
Singer/comedian Jamie Foxx and T-Pain will hit the stage with Hip-Hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh and legendary Guns-N-Roses guitarist, Slash.
Newcomer Drake will hit the stage with previous Grammy winners Eminem and Lil Wayne and they will be backed by Travis Barker.
T-Pain is up for four nominations this year in the Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group for his hit single “Blame It,” which features Jamie Foxx. The track is also up for Best R&B Song.
The song “I’m On A Boat” (with The Lonely Island) is up for best Rap/Sung Collaboration, while T-Pain’s album Thr33 Ringz is up for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
Foxx and Eminem landed three nods each.
Foxx landed two for “Blame It” and will face off against T-Pain in the Best R&B Contemporary Album category for his release Intuition, while Eminem is up for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Beautiful,” Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Crack A Bottle” (with Dr. Dre & 50 Cent), and Best Rap Album for Relapse.
Other performers during the evening include The Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Lady Gaga and Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli, who will duet during a benefit portion for Haiti.
Presenters include LL Cool J., Ke$ha, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Jennifer Lopez, Seal and Lionel Richie.
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards take place live on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will air on CBS from 8:00PM – 11:30PM. – Nolan Strong