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Sunday, February 8, 2009

usher cancels tonight's grammy performance


Watching the pre-game right now. I guess this will kick off my Grammy coverage. It's just been announced that Usher, who was supposed to perform tonight and also canceled last night's concert, is not going to show tonight after his wife suffered complications with plastic surgery.

Usher was supposed to be one of the performers at music mogul Clive Davis' star-studded bash, but he had to back out for what Davis called a serious illness in his family.

Davis made the announcement moments before Usher was slated to perform in the show. A representative for the singer declined further comment.

But the show did go on in the superstar's absence. With such a plethora of stars in the house, Davis didn't have to go far to look for a replacement in Josh Groban, who took to the piano and sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

"This is my first time playing this song," Groban said. Judging from the audience's ovation, it may not be his last.

But Kanye West thought that Groban should have played another tune altogether.

"I think it would have been really cool if he sang 'Love in This Club,'" the rapper joked on stage, referring to Usher's sexy smash hit.