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The Tribute That Got Bumped

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People are STILL talking about [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jennifer Hudson[/lastfm]‘s tribute to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Whitney Houston[/lastfm] at the GRAMMYs last weekend.   They really did a good job of making that happen at the very last minute.

[photogallerylink id=96602 align=right]But, what you may not know is that a tribute was ALREADY planned for the show.  It just wasn’t meant for Whitney.  THAT tribute got bumped!

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Maceo Parker[/lastfm] is a saxophonist, best known for his work with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]James Brown[/lastfm].  According to Parker, he was scheduled to perform a tribute to the late [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Clarence Clemons[/lastfm].

A spokeswoman for the Recording Academy was unavailable for comment, while Bruce Springsteen’s spokeswoman says, “I don’t know if it’s true and I haven’t been able to get any clarification.”  For the record, Clemons was recognized during the “In Memoriam” segment.

CLICK HERE to see what Parker wrote about the situation on his Facebook page.  Scroll past his birthday wishes.  He just turned 69 yesterday!

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