Saturday, April 20, 2024

Grammy Goodies: Kelly Clarkson, Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna


It’s Grammy week! Neil Portnow and Ken Ehrlich are putting together what I suspected would be a hot show. They announced that Sting, Rihanna and Bruno Mars are performing together. Hmmmm…..Bruno’s song, “Locked in Heaven,” sounds very Sting-ish– in fact people wonder whether it’s a cover. I’m told their segment may feature that song turning into a Sting song. There may be some Bob Marley thrown in to give it a reggae theme. That could be the highlight of the night.

Meantime, Kelly Clarkson is said to be performing the lifetime tribute to the late Patti Page and to Carole King. A medley of “How Much Is that Doggie in the Window?” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” Maybe. Ehrlich was mentored by the late great Pierre Cossette, and loves putting together interesting combinations of artists in one segment. So look out for more fascinating updates…

And Justin Timberlake is doing a show after the Grammys at the Hollywood Palladium. This follows a similar marketing scheme to Timberlake’s 2006 release, “FutureSexySongs.” He played a show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York right before the album was released. A Timberlake tour is planned for late June onward. I am told, by the way, that there’s a version of “Suit and Tie” somewhere on the net without Jay Z. If anyone can find it, please send a link.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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