THE MLK DAY MIX
U2, “PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE)”
On 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire, Bono’s boys gave an unforgettable tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS, “WAKE UP EVERYBODY”
This 2010 remake, also featuring Common and Melanie Fiona, brings a fresh consciousness to the 1975 classic.
THE ROOTS, “HOW I GOT OVER”
The title cut of their Grammy-nominated album captures the black struggle in today’s generation.
TEENA MARIE, “MS. CORETTA”
A soulful salute to both Coretta Scott King and the recently deceased Lady T.
PATTY GRIFFIN, “UP TO THE MOUNTAIN (MLK SONG)”
Gospel knows no color on this 2007 gem.
JOHN MELLENCAMP, “SAVE SOME TIME TO DREAM”
Yes, his love life is getting all the attention these days. But this rootsy, uplifting highlight of No Better Than This should get some too.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, “WE SHALL OVERCOME”
The Boss reverently revives the ’60s folk spirit on this civil rights anthem.
STEVIE WONDER, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”
The rousing call for MLK’s national holiday. Amen.
THE GRAMMY GRAPEVINE
CEE LO GREEN
Catch the 53rd Annual GRAMMY AWARDS Sunday, Feb. 13, 8/7c on CBS
With four nominations for his solo smash “F— You,” the Gnarls Barkley singer, 35, dishes on loving Eminem, crooning with Gwyneth Paltrow and being a grandpa
ON HIS RECORD OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
I see a camaraderie, not competition. What’s cool about “Empire State of Mind” is that’s a club banger in London too-it’s an international smash. The irony is awesome! And Eminem [nominated for "Love the Way You Lie" with Rihanna] is one of the greatest of our generation. He’s made his intimacy his empire.
ON MAKING “F— YOU”
Me and [cowriter] Bruno Mars were just being ridiculous. I thought the label would be like, “Oh God, this song will never see the light of day,” but they were in on the joke. It could have easily been written off as a novelty, but it’s taken on a life of its own. Though it’s not autobiographical-I can buy a Ferrari!
ON RECORDING A NEW VERSION WITH GWYNETH PALTROW
She did such a great job on Glee, and to watch her record it live was like, “Wow!” She’s a great singer. She said she and her husband Chris Martin have followed my career. She was quoting my lyrics. That was awesome.
ON HIS PAST AS A SELF-DESCRIBED “GOON”
It wasn’t something habitual; it was just adolescence and ignorance. There was a lot of displaced anger and misunderstanding in me. An idle mind is the devil’s playground. I’ve worked my a– off to outshine those moments, and I want people to know what a testimony my life’s been. That’s why you’ve heard me give glory to God on so many occasions. I’ve been spared because of music.
ON HIS SON’S MUSICAL EDUCATION
When my little man [Kingston, 10] gets in the car with me, he is going to hear Al Green, Earth, Wind & Fire, Cameo, Bee Gees, Queen, some of everything. He is not going to be naive about what good music is.
ON BEING A STEP-GRANDFATHER
I’m the coolest, hypest, dopest grandfather you’ve ever met! I’m 35 and on my third childhood. I keep getting born again!
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