The first slate of performers for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards were revealed Thursday morning (January 13), and the roster reads like a pop-music all-star lineup. MTV already broke the news on Wednesday that Eminem will cement one of the best professional years of his career by taking the stage on February 13 at the Staples Center, where he's also up for 10 awards. And he'll have plenty of chart-smashing company.
Among the other nominees on the list to perform are Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, Arcade Fire and Miranda Lambert. It will be the first Grammy performance ever for Lambert and Arcade Fire, while Cee Lo, Eminem, Gaga and Perry are making return engagements.
For Eminem, the performance is the latest in a line of accomplishments tied to his career-renaissance album, Recovery, which is nominated for Album of the Year. The Detroit lyricist scored a pair of #1 singles from the album with "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna. With the most nominations for the night, he's also likely to go home with a few more awards than he did at the 2009 Grammys, when his tepidly received Relapse snagged Best Rap Album.
Eminem has already been featured in the show's promotional campaign. A touching 30-second spot showcases Em's musical legacy, from the loss of his friend Proof to his struggles through drug dependency and his rise back to the top of the hip-hop game.
Joining him in the Grammy promo campaign on Wednesday were indie upstarts Arcade Fire, who are up for three awards for their album The Suburbs. Their "Music Is Life Is Music" ad was revealed on Wednesday, showing singer Win Butler singing passionately amid a collage of images that include a casket, a barn, roses, wedding rings and dripping chocolate bars.
While 11-time Grammy winner Eminem leads the pack in nominations this year, Gaga is not far behind with six nods for The Fame Monster, while Perry and Green are each up for four, and Arcade Fire and Lambert are vying for three awards.
Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.
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Konsole Kingz has released a Death Of A Pop Star (DOAPS) theme to celebrate the new album from Grammy Award-winning, hip-hop producers, David Banner and 9th Wonder.
The DOAPS theme, which was made exclusively for the PlayStation®Store, features six images along with the KKZ silver icon pack and custom sounds produced by David Banner and 9th Wonder.
Banner, who is well known for radio hits like “Like a Pimp,” “Play,” and “Get Like Me,” is an avid, hardcore gamer.
“As technology evolves, so must the role of the artist in peoples lives. Death Of A Pop Star was always designed to be bigger than just music,” Banner said of the PS3 theme. "With the help of the people at Konsole Kingz, we have been able to further expand the Death Of A Pop Star experience."
Producer 9th Wonder is no stranger to the gaming world. In 2010, the soulful producer scored the entire soundtrack for EA Sports’ NBA Elite 11 and also debuted as an unlockable character in NBA Jam.
Konsole King's collaboration with David Banner and 9th Wonder marks their second dynamic theme for the PlayStation Store.
“We must understand that everyone discovers music differently. The radio is not the only place that you can decide to become a part of a musical experience," 9th added. “Having a game introduce Death of a Pop Star to someone falls directly in line with our mission statement with this album; be different and revolutionary.”
For more information on how to download the DOAPS Theme on PS3 follow the instructions below or visit www.konsolekingz.com/doaps.
Baton Rouge, LA rapper Lil’ Boosie was scheduled to appear in court today (January 12) for a hearing related to his murder charge but it was postponed until a later date, according to wafb.com.
As previously reported, Boosie was indicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury on a first-degree murder charge on June 17, 2010. He is being accused of being one of three killers in the shooting death of Terry Boyd, in addition to two counts of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution, three counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and three counts of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute narcotics. Lil Boosie pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in connection with Boyd’s death.
Boosie and three others, including Michael Louding, known as Marlo Mike, were scheduled to appear in court but their cases were moved to a later date as well. In addition to murder charges, they also face drug and conspiracy charges in the same case. If found guilty, Lil Boosie could face the death penalty.
Nicki Minaj's sexy-yet-quirky image has made her one of the most recognizable faces in hip-hop — a fact that was not overlooked by the organizers of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards. The "Roman's Revenge" rapper is among a diverse array of stars who received nominations Wednesday morning (January 12) for the awards show. The event, which is backed by the NAACP civil-rights organization, hands out trophies for achievements by people of color and lauds work that encourages social change.
Minaj is vying for Outstanding New Artist alongside Bruno Mars, Jason Derülo, B.o.B and Willow Smith. Cee Lo, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ne-Yo and Usher make up the Outstanding Male Artist nominees, while Chrisette Michele, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and Sade are up for Outstanding Female Artist.
A complete list of nominations can be found on the NAACP Image Awards website; the event airs March 4 on Fox.