Femi Kuti shuns Grammys, The Beach Boys and Adele making a comeback
Award winning Nigerian Afro-beat star, Femi Kuti, who has been nominated in the World Music category of the 2012 Grammy Awards which is slated to hold on Sunday February, will not be attending the Awards in Los Angeles rather, he will be ensconced in the New Afrika Shrine, Agidingbi, Lagos, performing for his devoted fans .
According to his 49-year-old singer and band lead dancer, Yeni Kuti, the Afrobeat star does not see any reason to attend because of his earlier experience.
“his argument is that he cannot travel all the way to Los Angeles and come back empty handed” Yeni said.
Some of his fans and followers don’t seem surprised at his decision to shun the 54th edition of the Grammy Awards, because the singer had also shunned Last year’s too.
Femi, who is taking a third shot at the coveted awards, has been twice unlucky in 2003 and 2010. His first outing at the awards in 2003 left a bitter taste in his mouth.
Speaking to newsmen after his failure to clinch any of the previous grammys, Femi said “When I arrived at the red carpet, nobody came for me, my record company didn’t come, I felt stupid and so I knew I could not win. I sacked my manager, a French man, and they sacked me too. Since then I vowed never to attend the Grammy Awards again. My father never went for any awards and where they presented him an award, he didn’t go personally and when they brought the award to him, he would send them back with the award. One day, I was at the World Music Awards and I brought the awards. He asked, “Did I send you? You better take it back. As I grew older, I understood what he was saying then.”
In the World Music category, Femi’s “Africa for Africa” album wil be contending with Malian band, Tinariwen’s Tassili; Latin/Roots music band, AfroCubism’s eponymous album; and South African male choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Songs From a Zulu Farm.
Interestingly, Africa for Africa, which was released in Europe and the US by Femi’s American label, Knitting Factory Records, has yet to be released in Africa.
Meanwhile, the 2012 Grammys seem to favour British artist, Adele and iconic 1960s group, The Beach Boys who will be staging comeback performances at the music industry’s annual star-studded awards bash.
Paul McCartney, Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen are also among major acts to play Sunday in Los Angeles, where country legend Glen Campbell, suffering from Alzheimer’s and on a farewell tour, will receive a lifetime achievement award.
Adele, playing her first live show since undergoing throat surgery last year, is nominated in six categories at the Grammys, just one behind top-tipped US rapper Kanye West, with seven nods.
The British soul singer broke records with her breakthrough second album “21,” including the hits “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You.” It is unclear what she will sing Sunday night at the Staples Center.
But arguably an even bigger comeback will be by the Beach Boys, who will perform on stage for the first time since announcing a 50th anniversary reunion tour and album.
The original members of the band, famous for hits including “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls” and “Surfin’ USA,” will play with two Grammy nominees, Foster The People and Maroon 5, organizers said.
“I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again,” said core band member Brian Wilson, announcing the reunion in December.
West is nominated in the most categories at this year’s Grammys — the music industry’s version of the Oscars — while the Foo Fighters and Hawaiian crooner Bruno Mars were tied with Adele, with six nominations.
Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” is tipped for Record of the Year, along with Bon Iver’s “Holocene,” Mars’s “Grenade,” “The Cave” by British folk rockers Mumford and Sons, and Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
The London songstress’s album “21” also leads the nods for Album of the Year, and will fight it out with the Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light,” Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” Mars’s “Doo Wops and Hooligans” and Rihanna’s “Loud.”
West’s seven nods include “All of the Lights” for Song of the Year, up against Mumford and Sons’ “The Cave,” Mars’s “Grenade,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Bon Iver’s “Holocene.”
Although West garnered the most nods, mainly in rap categories, he could come away disappointed. Last year Eminem topped the nominations with 10 nods but went home with only two gongs.
In the running for Best New Artist — the category Adele won in 2009 — are The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, rapper Nicki Minaj and Skrillex. The latter was shortlisted for five awards, as was Lil Wayne.
Other performers at Sunday’s show include Springsteen and the E Street Band, veteran crooner Tony Bennett as well as more current stars including Perry, Minaj and Taylor Swift.
British megagroup Coldplay will play with Rihanna, while ailing “Rhinestone Cowboy” star Campbell — on his Goodbye Tour before retiring — will perform with award-winning country stars The Band Perry and Blake Shelton.
Former Beatle McCartney will perform at the show, after being honored at a pre-Grammys tribute show also featuring legendary soft rockers James Taylor and Neil Young with Crazy Horse.