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    Grammys preview: Coldplay and Rihanna rehearse 'Princess Of China' ahead of Sunday's awards

    54thgrammys.pngColdplay and Rihanna have been busy rehearsing for the two acts' duet at this year's Grammy Awards on Sunday (12th February). Coldplay will perform 'Princess Of China' with Rihanna at the ceremony and according to Phil Harvey – it should be one of the stand out performances of the night.


    "Chris and rihanna just rehearsed princess. Absolutely beautiful. PH," he said on Coldplay's Twitter account earlier this weekend (10th February). Both acts are also due to attend this month's BRIT Awards and could team up once again to perform the track. It is also confirmed by BBC that Chris Martin will join former Oasis man Noel Gallagher on stage at the event.


    More discussion and previews (including online streaming links) on tonight's Grammy Awards and the Coldplay/Rihanna collaboration is at the Coldplay forum now.

    Coldplay's nominations are as follows:


    - Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (for Paradise)

    - Best Rock Performance (for Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall)

    - Best Rock Song for (Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall)


    It was also announced that Coldplay was featured on the 2012 Grammy nominees album. Coldplay contributed the track Paradise to the compilation, which also features tracks by fellow Grammy nominees Katy Perry ("Firework"), Adele ("Rolling In the Deep"), Foster the People ("Pumped Up Kicks"), Mumford and Sons ("The Cave"), Maroon 5 ("Moves Like Jagger" Featuring Christina Aguilera), and Foo Fighters ("Walk"). The album was released on Universal Republic on January 24th, with a portion of sales benefitting the Grammy Foundation and MusicCares Foundation. The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday 12 February. (Mylo Xyloto was not eligible for any awards, as it was released after the cut-off date of 30 September 2011.)



    Chris Martin and Rihanna rehearse Princess Of China on the Grammy's stage this weekend


    However, the Grammys have been clouded by news that Whitney Houston has died on the eve of the Grammy Awards she once reigned. She was 48. Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was tarnished by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown. Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said Houston was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton. "There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent," Rosen said. A Los Angeles County coroner's official said early Sunday that her body had been taken to a morgue. Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown.


    The 54th annual Grammy awards will still take place tomorrow night at 8pm Eastern Time, and the ceremony promises to be the most somber iteration in recent memory. Tribute plans have not yet been finalized, but organizers will doubtlessly be working late into the night to incorporate a memorial aspect into a show set to include performances by Coldplay, Rihanna and Paul McCartney; all can be expected to pay homage to the late star. Others have already begun. “Nothing I could write on Twitter could possibly express what Whitney Houston means to me personally and professionally,” wrote songwriter Claude Kelly, a frequent Houston collaborator, earlier this evening. “Nothing. Speechless.”


    Houston was one of the most celebrated artists in recent memory. She sold over 55 million records in the U.S. alone, perhaps best known for her work on the soundtrack for The Bodyguard. But she fell victim to offstage demons, struggling with substance abuse issues while enduring a tumultuous relationship with New Edition singer Bobby Brown.


    “The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2002 interview. Just 48 years old when she passed away, Houston now joins the ranks of Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse–gifted stars gone too soon. If there’s any solace to be taken, it’s the fact that stars like Jackson continue to live on through productions like Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour. Perhaps someday soon, Houston will live on in a similar manner. For now, her legacy will be her music. [Forbes]


    New photos of Coldplay at the MusiCares Paul McCartney tribute concert, Los Angeles (10th February 2012):










    New photos of Coldplay at the MusiCares Paul McCartney tribute concert, Los Angeles (10th February 2012):
























    Don't forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting Coldplay tickets or just getting excited for the European & North American 2012 shows and other forthcoming appearances:


    FEBRUARY 2012

    8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia (iHeartRadio) [discussion] [NEW!]

    9 Los Angeles, CA @ Jimmy Kimmel Live [discussion] [RESCHEDULED FROM 7TH FEB!]

    10 Los Angeles, CA @ GRAMMY Week MusiCares Person of the Year tribute [discussion] [NEW!]

    12 Los Angeles, CA @ 54th Grammy Awards, Staples Center [discussion] [NEW!]

    16 Sydney, Australia @ 2DayFM, Mobile Live Set (intimate show) [discussion] [NEW!]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Sunrise (intimate show) [discussion] [NEW!]

    21 London @ Brit Awards 2012, O2 Arena [discussion] [NEW!]


    MARCH 2012

    4 New York, NY @ The Secret Policeman's Ball, Radio City Music Hall (Amnesty International) [discussion] [NEW!]


    APRIL 2012

    17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]

    18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]

    20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

    21 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

    24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]

    25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]

    27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

    28 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]


    MAY 2012

    1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion] [NEW!]

    18 Porto, Portugal @ Dragao Stadium [discussion]

    20 Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Vicente Calderón [discussion]

    22 Nice, France @ Stade Charles Herman / Nikaia [discussion]

    24 Turin, Italy @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]

    26 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund [discussion]

    29 Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium [discussion]


    JUNE 2012

    1 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    2 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    4 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]

    9 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    10 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]

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    25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]

    26 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion] [NEW!]

    28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]

    29 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena [discussion]


    JULY 2012

    2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]

    3 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena [discussion] [NEW!]

    5 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]

    6 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]

    8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    9 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    24 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    27 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

    30 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]


    AUGUST 2012

    1 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills [discussion] [NEW!]

    3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    4 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

    8 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

    11 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]

    28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium [discussion]

    30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]


    SEPTEMBER 2012

    2 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]

    4 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]

    6 The Hague, Netherlands @ Malieveld [discussion]

    12 Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion [discussion]

    14 Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Stadium [discussion]

    16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Eden Stadium [discussion]

    19 Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium [discussion]

    22 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Arena [discussion]


    Read also: European Stadium Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the Europe tour)

    Read also: North America Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the US/Canada tour)

    Read also: 2012: Live Appearances - Easy Thread Finder (last updated - 12th January 2012)

    Read also: 2012 tour date rumours (please post dates for ALL countries in here)


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