Stop! Grammy Time
The first confirmed performers for the all-systems-go Grammys have been announced by the Recording AcademyÂ®, and the lineup includes ... The Time!
Yeah, we didn't see that coming, either.
The funkadelic Prince proteges are reuniting for the Feb. 10 telecast, on which they'll perform with the pop-soul diva Rihanna - who, it must be noted, was born six years after all those stupid kids (raises hand) started calling "777-9311" because of The Time hit of the same name.
The Time has been performing again in recent years, usually as Morris Day and the Time - but it's not the full original lineup. Have to figure, though, that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis - who were kicked out of the band a quarter century ago - will be back for this performance, particularly given Jam's position as the chairman of the Recording Academy's board of trustees. (As Mel Brooks mighta said: "It's good to be chairman.") Hopefully, guitarist Jesse Johnson shows up, too.
Not sure what The Time and Rihanna are going to perform together, but I'm hoping for a "Jungle Love"/"Umbrella" mash-up in which "ow-ee-ow-ee-oh" and "ella-ella-ella-ehh-ehh-ehh" are somehow intertwined.
Meanwhile, the first paragraph of the Recording Academy press release is below. Note that Aretha Franklin has a new title - sorta like the Academy equivalent of Sir Elton, I guess.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2008) -- BeyoncÃ©; Foo Fighters; Carrie Underwood; 2008 MusiCaresÂ® Person of the Year Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, the Clark Sisters, Israel And New Breed, and Trin-I-Tee 5:7 in a special gospel segment; and Rihanna with a reunited the Time in a special 50th anniversary segment are the first performers announced for the 50th Annual GRAMMYÂ® Awards telecast, it was announced today by The Recording AcademyÂ®.
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