Coldplay will have a surprise supporter rooting them on at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards: Joe Satriani. The guitarist has accused Chris Martin and Co. of stealing from his song “If I Could Fly” for the band’s “Viva La Vida.” But Satriani’s lawyer Howard King told MusicRadar, “We hope Joe Satriani’s song wins a Grammy. In fact, we hope Joe has a very big Grammy night!” Nice sarcasm, guys. Coldplay are up for seven awards, but none mean more to Satriani than the band’s “Record of the Year” nod for “Viva.”
This year’s red carpet was bound to have some interesting drama — between the possibility of Coldplay being served papers to M.I.A. giving birth on her way into the Grammys — but Coldplay have been promised a hassle-free entrance into the ceremony. Don’t forget, Rolling Stone will have you covered from red carpet to the after parties this Sunday, so keep it tuned to our Grammy hub for all the action.
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