by Wilfred Okiche
The 54th annual Grammy awards will be broadcast live, Sunday from the Staples centre at 8pm. Because we have already caught Grammy fever over here, we give you our list of what to expect come Sunday night.
Adele can’t wait
The British singer has had the most successful year of her career so far. Three number 1 singles and a multi-platinum album have kept her in business in spite of her short absence due to a surgical condition. She returns Sunday night to take the stage and has tweeted that she can’t wait. Indeed we cannot too.
LL Cool J is hosting
For the past 7 years, the awards have not had an official host. This is set to change this year as the Academy has recruited the services of two-time winner LL Cool J. All eyes will definitely be on him.
Fashion’s best and worst
It is music’s biggest night so you can bet your Christian Louboutin heels that the A-listers will be out in full force with their brightest and best- and worst too. Remember Toni Braxton’s scandalous gown of 2001, Jennifer Lopez’s barely there Versace gown and Rihanna’s see through white affair (complete with red hair) last year. Who will score and who will miss? We’ll have to tune in to Joan Rivers and her fashion police crew later as they serve it up.
A Nollywood star might show up
We don’t mean to be cute but we can still remember those pictures of screen queen Omotola attending last year’s ceremony. We know that some of our stars have attained visibility on the world stage so we would not be surprised if we spot one or two of them on the red carpet. We hope this time they will make it into the main hall sha.
Adele might make a clean sweep
It has been the year of Adele and if Grammy history is anything to go by, she could end up making a clean sweep at this year’s ceremony. She scored nods in the record, song and album of the year categories and even though Kanye West holds more nominations overall, the night is her’s to lose.
What will Lady Gaga be wearing?
Last year, she was lifted in an egg, the year before, she wore a gown full of stars and constellations. The question on everyone’s lips remains, what will she do this time?
The Grammys are legendary for the explosive collaborations they put up every year. Where else will you see Eminem performing with (and hugging) Elton John? Elton singing a duet with Lady Gaga or Beyonce sizzling with Prince on stage? Tomorrow night will be no different as some of the superstar collabos lined up already include: Coldplay with Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean, The Beach boys alongside Maroon 5 and Foster the People.
Chris Brown makes a comeback
In 2009, Chris Brown and Rihanna were pop’s cutest couple and were scheduled to perform together at the ceremonies but on the eve of the awards, their love turned sour and she became a victim of his assault. Both missed the show but Rihanna came back strongly last year and performed with Drake and Eminem. This will be Chris Brown’s first time back and we wonder if the world has forgiven him.
Femi Kuti is nominated
Our own Femi Kuti is nominated for best world music album and we are hoping that the third time’s the charm for him.
Who will be snubbed?
Lets face it, the show is as much for who was snubbed as it is for the winners. Last year, Eminem and Justin Bieber were the biggest losers. Who goes home empty-handed this year?