The 2013 Grammy Nominations Concert took place on Dec. 6 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and was televised on CBS. Several of the artists who performed or were presenters at the event were also announced as nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on January 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here is what this Grammy Nominations Concert entertainer said backstage in the press room.
Record of the Year: “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams
AXS: How did you feel about your performance of “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White?
TI: Yeah, inspirational and historical. It’s just an honor and a pleasure to be able to work alongside such a legend. Earth, Wind & Fire, they set the standard and laid the foundation for what “Blurred Lines” was able to become this year.
AXS: Where did you learn your dance moves on stage during your performance tonight?
TI: I was just moving. Music makes you move, you know what I’m saying? I had no coordination. I didn’t put no thought into it. I follow my inspiration.
I was inspired by Earth, Wind & Fire. I was inspired by Robin Thicke. I was inspired by Pharrell. I was inspired by the opportunity, just being on the grand stage of stage for this industry of what we do. This small musical community of ours to celebrate us, nominate us, to salute and appreciate us. Why not turn up?
AXS: Who else has inspired you musically?
TI: I’m a Marvin Gaye guy, man. ‘Here, My Dear’. You’ve got Stevie Wonder, you’ve got Isley Brothers, you’ve got Bobby Womack, Bill Withers. I’m an old-school dude.
AXS: If you got asked to perform another song at this Grammy nominations concert, what would it be?
TI: I don’t know. If we’re asked to perform the song, it’s Robin’s song. So for you to ask, I would like to see me up, for one. After that, everything else is a distant second. I follow the groove, man. If you have a groove, and there has been a stage set, then I’m going to come and try and take it from where it is to wherever I can get it to. And once I get it there, I’m going to bow out gracefully and leave the rest to the people who own the song. This is a collaboration. It’s not a T.I. record.
So for me to try to claim ownership and say, ‘This is what I want to do,’ that ain’t really the move. It’s a team effort. It’s about what their vision is and how I can incorporate my swag and effort and energy into whatever they have envisioned for their song, you know what I mean? I’m just happy to be here.