On Wednesday, rumors began circulating that, in an apparent attempt to top last year’s show-opening Lady Gaga/ Elton John duet , organizers of the 53rd Grammy Awards had lined up an even bigger surprise for the top of this year’s show: Eminem and Dr. Dre.
Yes, according to some reports, next Sunday’s Grammy telecast will kick off with a tandem performance from the dynamic duo, who supposedly will rip through a pair of songs, one being “I Need a Doctor,” a single from Dre’s eternally delayed Detox project, and the other being a track from Eminem’s Grammy-nominated Recovery album.
Some outlets even went so far as to quote an anonymous “insider,” who beamed that “fans will not be disappointed … it could be one of the most memorable Grammy moments of all time if everything goes to plan.”
And, while we don’t doubt the impact of a Dre/Em double-bill, we get a little suspicious when it comes to insider sources — which is why we went directly to a spokesperson for the Grammys and asked whether the rumors were true. And, for the time being at least, it sounds like everyone needs to take a deep breath.
“Nothing is official until you see a press release from The Recording Academy,” the spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to MTV News. “We also often confirm and deny on our Twitter account. We will be issuing additional announcements on presenters/performers next week.”
So there you have it: Nothing’s official just yet. Though, it should be noted that Eminem has already been confirmed as a performer at the Grammys , which will air Sunday, February 13, at 8 pm ET/PT on CBS. And even if Em doesn’t take the stage with Dre, he’ll probably be in store for a big night: He’s the year’s most-nominated artist , after all, up for 10 Grammys, including Song and Record of the Year (for “Love the Way You Lie”) and Album of the Year for Recovery.
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