Ironically, when we asked the executives behind the MC’s Grammy Awards commercial, depicting the Detroit MC’s career path which hit the web last week, if the spot was a just a precursor to Em’s performance we got vague answers.
“The artists are still being chosen,” said Evan Greene, chief marketing officer for the Recording Academy. “I can neither confirm nor deny.”
Now it’s official, the MC who’s nominated for 10 awards will hit the stage and we are honored to be the ones breaking the news. In early December 2010, Em picked up a staggering 10 Grammy nods, including Song and Record of the Year (for “Love the Way You Lie”) and Album of the Year (for Recovery, which is also up for Rap Album of the Year). He also scored noms for Best Rap Solo Performance (for “Not Afraid”), Pop Collaboration With Vocals (for his turn on B.o.B’s “Airplanes Part II”) and Best Rap Song (for “Lie”).
“Luckily, I got the day off and Eminem called me the day before and said, ’Please, I’m having a really hard time doing this without you. We had a really great song,’ ” Rihanna said of her 2010 VMA performance with Em. “And I just was like, ’Oh damn!’ It killed me, and then they allowed us to leave and do it, and we jetted in and we’re gonna jet right back out.”
But the big question is, what song would you like Eminem to perform? “Love The Way You Lie” with Rihanna? “I’m Not Afraid”? Or maybe re-introduce his controversial alter-ego Slim Shady to the masses by rocking “Roman’s Revenge” with Nicki Minaj?