News: Omarion Upset W/ Grammys, "How You Gon' Have A Michael [Jackson] Tribute Without The Playboy?"
Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 1:50PM
R&B singer Omarion recently spoke on the Grammys' upcoming Michael Jackson tribute and questioned why he is not involved in paying homage to the late singer.
From Omarion's perspective, no other entertainer can match his dancing skills.
"If I'm not a part of that, then that's not... I'm not gonna say it's wack," he says. "But I'm just saying, everyone knows what I do, so if you gon' have an MJ tribute...I take that back because Stevie [Wonder] did an MJ tribute. Everyone loved Michael. I'm not gon' say that. I'm just meaning the performance [aspect]. How you gon' have a Michael tribute without the playboy? [Laughs]. That's my only thing, and I mean this in the humblest and the most competitive way. I'm competitive -- that's what the game is about. Especially after Mike passed away, I feel like the stage, it's more important now. It's a responsibility to me when I hit the stage to not play with it. If you walk back and forth that's cool, too. If that's how you entertain, that's cool, but for the performances and for the dances and for the people that look up to Michael in the fashion I look up to Michael? I hope they bring it. Because if they don't, then I will." (VIBE)
A performance tribute and 3-D film in Jackson's memory were announced earlier this month.
Usher, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Carrie Underwood will come together, along with the voice of Michael Jackson, in a performance for the King of Pop at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. The show will also feature a never-before-seen 3-D mini-movie for "Earth Song" that was created for Jackson's "This Is It" concerts. In order to enjoy the 3-D TV experience at home, Target stores nationwide will offer free 3-D glasses from January 24-31. Those in the audience at Staples Center will also be able to share in the 3-D viewing with their own glasses. (Rap-Up)
Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich has also confirmed the 3-D movie.
"To try and imitate him, to try and represent him, it just didn't feel to me like it was something we should do with one of those songs that you just don't ever necessarily want to see anybody but Michael doing," Ehrlich said in a Wednesday conference call with reporters. " 'Beat It,' 'Billie Jean,' or so many of the others. This felt to us like it was really a way of representing him. It's like a tip of the hat. This song was so important to him." (Los Angeles Times)
Singers Beyonce and Taylor Swift lead this year's annual ceremony with the most nominations.
R&B singer Beyonce led the field of Grammy contenders with 10 nominations, followed by teen country sensation Taylor Swift with eight, organizers of the music industry's top awards said on Wednesday. Black Eyed Peas, R&B singer Maxwell and rapper Kanye West each had six nominations, with Lady Gaga and rapper Jay-Z getting five apiece. (Reuters)
Winners in all categories of the 52nd annual event will be announced at a televised awards ceremony on Jan 31.
Check out Warren G speaking with SOHH about the late Michael Jackson down below: