Posted: Feb 9, 2006 12:49 am
Hey you nasty fuckers, the grammys might actualy be worth watching for this:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The biggest mystery at Wednesday night's Grammy Awards has nothing to do with how many of music's top prizes leading nominees Mariah Carey, Kanye West and John Legend will take home.
Rather, everyone is wondering whether reclusive funk music pioneer Sly Stone will make his first major public appearance in almost 13 years at the event.
Grammy organizers have invited the 61-year-old to attend the Staples Center ceremony, which will feature an all-star tribute to his band Sly and the Family Stone, purveyors of such hits as "Dance to the Music" and "Everyday People."
Stone, whose real name is Sylvester Stewart, last made a big splash in 1993, when he showed up briefly for the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. Dressed in a blue jumpsuit, he muttered "see ya soon," and quickly disappeared into the night. Since then, his only reported appearance was at a Los Angeles club last August for a tribute performed by blind musicians.
"I would expect him to be there," Recording Academy vice chairman Jimmy Jam told Reuters. "That's just my gut feeling."
And that's about the best organizers can hope for until the three-and-a-half-hour televised show begins at 8 p.m. EST (1 a.m. GMT).
Stone did appear at a Monday Grammys rehearsal, according to the Los Angeles Times. But the paper said he was late, dressed oddly in a hood, plastic camouflage slicker and pants and played only two of three run-throughs of a song. He disappeared for the third and had to be replaced on keyboards by a crew member.
Although Sly and the Family Stone were hugely influential practitioners of a pop-rock-funk hybrid that crossed racial barriers during their brief heyday in the late '60s-early '70s, Stone has not been able to bask in the glory. By the middle of the decade, as disco was catching on, he was plagued by drug problems and arrests. He was jailed at least twice in the '80s for cocaine possession. Various comebacks never led to much.