"In New Yaaawwwwk," might just be me, but the way Alicia Keys delivers that "York" part in her "Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z collaboration track, she may have gotten some assistance from (former Roc-A-Fella artist) Uncle Murda. Well, it wasn't long before Jay-Z and Alicia were granted another opportunity to keep Lil Mama barred from their sets and reschedule another duet performance which will be the case at the 37th Annual American Music Awards.
Word on the online streets (Access Hollywood) is both Swizz Beatz' "Best I've Ever Had" wifey and Beyonce's hubby are going to go at it for another attempt at "Empire State of Mind" with a scribbled in time slot during the annual awards showcase next month. The show's producer, Larry Klein, has even upped the anticipation by confirming the set.
"We are thrilled to have Jay-Z and Alicia Keys on stage together for the 2009 American Music Awards," Klein expressed to Access Hollywood. "Both are such talented artists, it is sure to be a memorable performance."
"Memorable performance?" Sounds like he might be trying to sneak in Lil Mama --> Lil Bow Wow or someone of the same (rap buzz) to get things on and poppin' that night. Regardless, come Novmeber 22nd, both Grammy-winning artists will be putting up the Roc as additional performers including Adam Lambert, Jennifer Lopez and The Black Eyed Peas are struggling to find out ways to get the (liberal dressed, conservative acting) crowd to at least stand up at their seats when the cameras flash on 'em.
Unlike MTV, however, the show will be aired via ABC which should ensure no mishaps or stage-stealing moments unless it's performance-based...as in, Hov brings out Memphis Bleek to spray the crowd with Super Soakers...or Alicia brings out the entire Ruff Ryders' camp...eh, it's an Empire State of Mind thang, chea? -Cyrus Kyle Langhorne