When did the Grammy nominations event start including concerts?
The fourth annual Grammy nominations concert Wednesday night (November 30) will include a special performance nearly three decades in the making. Rappers LL Cool J, Common and Lupe Fiasco will join Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five members Melle Mel and Scorpio for the group’s classic “The Message” during “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night.”
The generations-spanning ensemble hit rehearsals hard Tuesday afternoon at the Nokia Theatre, using every minute available to practice. That meant squeezing in extra rehearsal time in a lower-level lobby before they even jumped onstage. While Rick Ross had previously been announced as a performer, he was not present at Tuesday’s rehearsals. Ross’ absence was hardly felt however, as the cast of all-stars had plenty of energy to fill the massive theatre.