The rapper – who's up for eight awards – will pay tribute to his late mother Donda

By Cynthia Wang
Updated February 08, 2008 06:00 AM
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Three months after his mother’s sudden death, Kanye West is planning an emotional tribute performance at the Grammy Awards.

The rapper – who’s up for eight nominations, including album of the year and rap album of the year for Graduation – has not been officially announced as a performer for the Feb. 10 awards show.

But an insider tells PEOPLE that West, 30, had a rehearsal at the Staples Center Thursday afternoon, performing a moving medley of his hits “Stronger” and “Hey Mama.”

West’s mother Donda died of heart disease and other factors Nov. 10, one day after undergoing cosmetic surgery. She was 58.