Friday, February 6, 2004

Vandross will have to miss Grammys

An ailing Luther Vandross will not be able to attend Sunday's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where he's nominated for five trophies, reports Billboard Online.

"It would have been a tremendous moment for Luther to attend the Grammy Awards this year," said his business manager, Carmen Romano. "But on the advice of his doctors, I regret to say that Luther won't be able to make this trip."

Vandross, 52, suffered a severe stroke in April and spent several weeks in a hospital before being transferred to a rehabilitation facility in the New York City area. He is still using a wheelchair.

He's nominated for five Grammys for his album Dance With My Father, which became the fastest-selling disc of his career and has sold nearly 2 million copies in the United States, according to SoundScan.

When the Grammy nominations were announced in December, Romano delivered the news personally to the singer. Vandross was so excited, he talked about attending the event. The nominations mark the first time the R&B crooner has been tapped in one of the major categories.

Vandross will still be a major part of the ceremony. Richard Marx, Celine Dion and Alicia Keys will take part in a tribute to the star during the show (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7).

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