Mega rap star Lil’ Wayne helped ignite the 51st Grammy Awards Sunday night (February 8) both performing hit songs and winning four trophies.
The self-proclaimed “Greatest Rapper Alive” ignited the star-studded showcase.
Lil’ Wayne won rap album of the year for Tha Carter III as well as best rap solo performance for “A Milli,” rap song for “Lollipop” and rap/sung collaboration for “Swagga Like Us” during the pre-telecast. The artist, who joined Allen Toussaint, Terence Blanchard and Robin Thicke for a musical salute to New Orleans, led the nominee field going into tonight with nods in eight categories. (Billboard)
Weezy’s Cash Money Record executives Baby and Slim have reacted to their artist’s achievement.
“The Cash Money family is thrilled with Lil Wayne’s triumph at the Grammys,” a statement reads. “We are an independent label and this recognition is validation of all of our hard work over the last 20 years. To go from selling records out of our cars more than a decade ago to having the number one selling and Grammy winning artist, it is really hard to express how much pride we feel at this moment.” (Statement)
In addition to Jennifer Hudson‘s televised win for R&B album of the year, pre-show awards were also given.
In pre-telecast Grammy Awards, Kanye West won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Estelle for “American Boy” and the Best Duo or Group Performance with Jay-Z and T.I. for “Swagga Like Us.” Mary J. Blige celebrated early, with a win for Best Contemporary R&B Album for Growing Pains. The production duo StarGate snagged Best R&B Song for their work on Ne-Yo‘s “Miss Independent” — which also won for Best R&B Vocal Performance. Will.I.Am won for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for his bit on Chrisette Michele‘s “Be OK.” Alicia Keys added to her Grammy shelf with a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance statue for her “Superwoman.” (MTV News)
The showcase also featured mega performances.
Jennifer Hudson performed an emotionaly charged performance of “You Pulled Me Through.” T.I., Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and MIA sang “Swagga Like Us.” T.I. also performed later on with Justin Timberlake. Lil’ Wayne performed “Tie My Hands” with Robin Thicke. (Chicago Tribune)
Various artists scheduled to perform canceled their attendance at the last minute.
Usher‘s wife has a plastic surgery emergency in BRAZIL and he missed his performance at Clive Davis‘ pre Grammy party. Clearly, he won’t be at the Grammys. Chris Brown may have allegedly gotten into some kind of altercation involving a woman in a limo. Police are investigating and Rihanna, who along with Brown was scheduled to perform at the Grammys isn’t going to show up. (Los Angeles Times)
“Music’s Biggest Night” also inspired some artists like The Roots‘ Questlove to report from their personal Twitter accounts.
I can’t get over how much Quincy [Jones] looks like 88 era Al B Sure,” Questo wrote with unmodified grammar. “Big Boi/Ne Yo/seat filler mixup…Taylor Swift flagged me…I love that [Lil’] Wayne don’t scream…I wasn’t allowed to Twit about the rehearsals but Radiohead is about to murder…great TI. Rappers take notice: no screaming makes more sense!” (Twitter)