February 8th, 2009
10:37 PM ET
Amazing M.I.A. and 'brave' Jennifer Hudson
We're all marveling backstage at how an absolutely about to burst pregnant M.I.A. can do her thing on stage - and do it so well!
Meanwhile, a couple of her fellow female singers, Estelle and Carrie Underwood, find themselves very impressed with Jennifer Hudson's performance on the show, calling it "brave." There is a palpable sense of empathy here in the backstage area for Hudson and how she's coping with the tragic deaths of three of her family members. (Ed. note: Entry originally said "two." We regret the error.) When she concluded her song this sometimes sleepy press area burst out into applause.
We also trying to process the Chris Brown news, which has developed considerably since we've all been back here filing stories for our various media outlets. Will any of the winners yet to come back stage have any news or insight into the situation? I would think not, given that they've been in the show for the past couple of hours, but we'll see.
- Douglas Hyde, CNN Entertainment Producer
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Sorry but MIA was a disgusting sight and not for being pregnant, dressed and dancing like a whore, I don't consider that amazing, she has no dignity and is the most ordinary woman i've seen.
M.I.A was doing her job as a singer....while pregnant. I worked at my job until I gave birth – two weeks after my due date
M.I.A could have slipped and hurt herself while dancing around. I could have slipped and hurt myself walking up the stairs to my desk, here at the office.
Her outfit was um..."Interesting". So what...I was 9 months pregnant and I wore a bikini. Why is everyone ashamed of a pregnant woman's body? Nothing wrong with something natural.
Plus, if M.I.A can still be that spry right before giving birth, good for her.
I think there is nothing wrong with a pregnant lady walking around on stage. It's encouraged for pregnant people to walk around and even exercise during their pregnancies. Now, that outfit, on the other hand, wasn't cute but there are a lot of fashion police emergencies at events such as these. It gives us something to talk about.
Besides, when will the whole body image issue rest. If people aren't perfect, they're ridiculed. I bet the majority of the people who posted those nasty comments wouldn't get on stage in front of millions and say "hi" much less perform while pregnant.
Jennider Hudson did a wonderful job and I am impressed that she even showed up. I would still by crying my eyes out.
The only reason we are even seeing MIA anywhere on any stage is because that baby in her stomach belongs to the son of one of the music world's most prominent executives. They are also engaged to be married. Nepotism much?
She is nothing special, pregnant or not. She is EXTREMELY overrated and I could think of many more artists, and even regular people, who could be much better in her place.
MIA sucked....thought she was very trashy and an embarrassment to pregnant women ....
Jennifer Hudson on the other hand was truly amazing....she is a strong woman....my prayers are with her and her family.
MIA should not have got the chance to perform that night.
She supports a terrorist group which has been banned by the United States as a terrorist organisation.
The GRAMMY awards should not harbor such persons.
Its like having an OSAMA BIN LADEN supporter on the grammy stage.
Completely outrageous and idiotic by the organisers.
Goodness gracious, aren't we a bunch of superficial ninnies. She barely moved about, and was given a small amount to sing. Her fashion was... strange, but it's not like we've never seen strange fashion at the Grammys. People ranting and wailing about her need to get lives.
And she's also one of the most talented musicians working today. Swagger like C.U.S. is dead wrong. We'll be listening to Arular and Kala long after we're done with Lil' Wayne.
Lip syncing is far from amazing... The Grammys are supposed to be about the best musicians and performers and then we have LIP SYNCING? Might as well just have a dj spinning pop records. Let's face it, the Grammys are a joke anyway and no one in the industry considers them relevant (except to fool the general public into spending money on sub-par artists) . Even the blog writers who kiss butt to get in good with the pop stars they blindly adore must know they are a complete farce. This blog is either a big joke, or the author didn't even bother to watch the show he's reporting on.
um i think m.i.a is a watse of time...i mean dey shuld have given dat record deal to sum1 who can really sing i hate da way she is singin she is horrible...jenn hudson i love u gurl u are a brave person u are mi inspiration...i love u so much keep up da gud work.........
it was repulsive. simply repulsive. she looked stupid, dressed poorly and does anyone realize that the baby's sensitive hearing could be impacted?? i agree that this was a new low for the grammys. i was definately not impressed!
M.I.A. Should NOT have been on stage. That was ALL WRONG!!! UGH!!!!
The comment by BeeG above about Jennifer Hudson being somehow to blame for her family members' murders is purely reprehensible. First and foremost, the victims were killed by someone they were close to and trusted. Domestic violence isn't even remotely limited a particular race or income level. Even if she'd moved everyone she knew to a secure compound in Nebraska, that wouldn't have protected them from a fellow family member.
And for heaven's sakes, everyone, pregnant women are made of muscle and bone, not tissue paper! Dancing around in sneakers while 8 months pregnant is probably less dangerous than climbing in and out of the bathtub, and no one's suggested that expectant mothers shouldn't bathe... The idea that the sight of a pregnant woman's stomach is enough to send the population into hysterics is a pretty sad statement about our misogynistic distaste for a woman who is DOING things rather than just serving as a decoration.
I know the Grammy's that night were about unlikely pairings, but M.I.A. RUINED what would have otherwise been a spectacular once in a lifetime performance with her hideous outfit and tacky lip syncing!
M.I.A was great – and for all the ignorant people who obviously don't get that yes, pregant however far long – she can walk safely around a stage and – what she had like 4 lines she actually sung from her own song, and then the rest was just plugging the chorus for the others – she should have been able to sing her whole song which is way better than the rap version. She is eclectic in her outfits which makes her original – at least she brought something new to the stage. It's wasn't an big deal and props to her – do you think she was really going to pass up being on the Grammy's, good for her. Jennifer Hudson was awesome. too.
Not sure if I'd take the comment below to heart considering it looks like a 5 year old wrote and punctuated it. MIA's performance was really awesome, as always. I'm sure she consulted with her doctor, as did the Grammy committee with their doctor/insurers, as to whether she could perform. I'm never disappointed when I see her.
mia was cool her outfit was ugly really really ugly someone should've told her something she looked like a black and white turtle. i was scared for her i thought one og the guys was gonna bump her thank god nothing bad happened.
i loved jennifer hudson.thats my girl
When i first saw M.I.A out there on her due date i had a negative impression. but after i thought about it , i realized that she is not a hugh star and the oppurtunity to perform at the Grammy might be a once in a lifetime chance.
em – there is NO way you ran a 5k 9 months pregnant. Walked fast – yes. RUN? Absolutely not.
Diva – learn how to spell before you leave another comment.
BriGuy – classic hit on Diva....LOVED it! 🙂
I, myself, am not familiar w/M.I.A. I've only heard one song & didn't care for it. I didn't watch the Grammys, but I saw a picture of what she wore & thought it was atrocious (yes, Diva, that is spelled correctly). As a woman who carried 3 children to full term (1 was 2 weeks overdue), I worked all the way up to my due dates. My husband & I were even enroute to the hospital when I was in labor when he stopped on the side of the road to help a guy put out his car fire (my husband is a volunteer firefighter) – a helper to the end. I, personally, probably wouldn't have gone onstage like she did. But, as long as she had the go-ahead from her doctor, there's nothing wrong w/it. It's amazing how sheltered & protected a baby is in utero – a LOT must happen in order for the child to be injured. I just don't understand why people think this is such a big deal.
Now, Chris Brown on the other hand......
MIA's water did not burst. She did not slip nor did she fall nor did her baby fall out of her va-jay-jay on the stage to the horror of the television viewing audience. She sang her part and did it well.
All this handwringing and poo-pooing about whether she SHOULD have done it or not is ridiculous. It is done. Get over it.
Her body. Her choice. Not yours.
Sometimes I wonder if people are slow by practice or accident.
What's with all the haters!
In the boys club that is the word of MC's why not show a strong talented creative woman who is doing what we all do, balance family with career!
She is the antithesis of all the men she was onstage with and I found it empowering. She rocked it.
MIA was too risky, not tasteful.
Jen hudson; very brave
Chris Brown: very wrong very scary. needs to go to jail & therapy
Grammys: very boring. snoozefest.
PS, to 'Diva'....
Maybe you should learn to read before you attempt to argue!
Or, so you might better understand my point:
mayb u shood lurn too reed be four ewe attemp two argeu!
Doesn't anyone realize that water amplifies sound? To that poor fetus, that performance had to sound like being in the middle of a war zone! Hopefully no hearing damage before the kid even had a shot, but that's what happens when a parent acts in their own self-interest instead of the baby's (Octuplets anyone?!?)
i personally don't object too much to M.I.A. performing pregnant. If her kid was born onstage at the Grammys, it wouldn't make a difference to me. Why should it matter what she was wearing either? She's not a fashion model. She's barely an artist. She might be Grammy material but I guarantee she's not classic material...something we'll be listening to 10 years from now. That performance in particular? Thank goodness Kanye lost the AutoTunes for this one. Wayne is a great performer. Jay...enough said and T.I. surprisingly sucked both performances I saw from him. I give mad props and kudos to Estelle and 'Ye, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, and even Davey Grohl stood out. I think he was trying to drown out Paul McCartney. I would have. And tsk tsk to Stevie Wonder for even considering performing with the Jonas Bros...
bottom line. the Grammys are a joke.
exception? VIVA LA VIDA!!!!
Amazing huh? Let's re-think that...........
U F'N idiots thats not amazing!!
Her outfit for 1 was ridiculous!!
But more importantly think of the consequences she and her unborn child could have endured if anything were to happen...ex: slip n fall
her ass should've been at home or in the hospital getting served like a royal Queen...
OH!! N Jennifer Hudson, i dont know what to say about her anymore..
i love her singing abilities, she did an excellent job at the grammy's and im terribly sorry for her families passing,but im just very upset with her as an individual and a choice she did not make..
Put it like this if I where to win AMERICAN IDOL i would not be having my family STILL living on the SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO..
come on ppl thats one of the most viloent cities in AMERICA. and she knew that..
And im NOT blaming her for her families loss, but all im saying is, is that it could have been avoided with her help.
Overall, i hope the best for her and her family.
MIA was just not that good. She gets credit for trying to perform, but it was a bad song and a bad performance. I think Mr. Hyde got caught up in the glamour of being backstage at the Grammys!
Jennifer Hudson however performed very well considering her difficult situation.
Amazing? Let's try – absolutely ridiculous.
MIA was the complete opposite of amazing. not only was it distracting to watch her, with her pregnant stomach in that horrendous outfit, but britney spears could have lip synced better than that. horrible.
Jennifer Hudson was truly amazing. I cried for her. What a brave woman. I don't think I would have been able to crawl out of bed yet after what she has been through. As for MIA, I applaud her being out there on her due date – nothing wrong with that – but dressed as a black and white ladybug? Wow. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
Correction about my spelling I meant stupid. I meant women been working you idiot had me so upset i could not spell correctly. Why we always wants to down other womens.
All you people are studia talking about how bad MIA was looking. She was working don't you work when you are prenant? Stop hating. I also like her outfit. Working has been working forever until there due date, Just shup up about MIA.
M.I.A. was amazing.
She wasn't dancing very hard.
If ANY of you have actually seen her perform you would know.
And whoever's daughter was saying she looked terrible is an ignorant brat.
She's 8 months pregnant.
You're daughter is going to have a rude awakening about how she looks after she gets knocked up.
I bet you don't look too god yourself either.
M.I.A. has alot of spunk.
We need more women like that, not women you pick on pregnant one's
That's just foolish.
Jennifer Hudson is a truly talented vocalist (there are not many on the "scene" these days). What a voice!! It was brave of her to return after undergoing such a tragic and senseless loss. There was nothing wrong with M.I.A. performing...except she sure could have used the assistance of a good stylist! The best thing about this year's Grammys...we did not have to suffer through a forced and lack lust performance by Beyonce!!
Amazing???? Stupid is more like it. She could have slipped, fallen, bumped into someone or her water could have broken right there on the stage….so many things could have gone wrong…
Stupid, hardly amazing.
She could do that anywhere, she could go to the rest room and that happen so I don't see what the issue, she pregnant not sick and I'm sure they had medical staff on hand in case went into labor.
ii honestly dont think anything is wrong with her performing...now that outfit was a lil on the wrong side of the tracks but otherwise imma fan and not to mention jay, wayne, ti and kanye made up for that in the suits...ii dug it.
Amy Pohler was rapping on SNL past her due date. I was at work when my water broke. My point is what is the big deal?
This myth that women should be lying around waiting for the baby to arrive is ridiculous. Women, after all, have been multitasking for years.
A lot of people here are talking about her clothes, whether she has class, her politics, etc., while pretending like you're critiquing her decision as a mother to perform on stage. Sounds like some of you guys just don't like M.I.A.
And setting back women?? I don't think she set back women at all. When will the day come that a female in the spotlight can't do something without people talking about her setting back or advancing women? I'm a woman, and I don't think her performing while pregnant has any impact on me whatsoever. Same as how Chris Brown beating up his girlfriend (if that's what really happened) doesn't set back the black race. They're just individuals, not representatives of a gender or race.
Lighten up, guys. Where I come from, women are working on farms and selling stuff in the market up until the baby pops out.
i was shocked at first to see m.i.a. on stage in such an advanced stage of pregnancy. definately a first and not likely to be soon forgotten. but what was amazing was that she was able to hold her own up there as the only woman surrounded by men and about to burst any minute! much love for m.i.a. she pulled off the prego thing.
MIA was great. People need to stop acting like pregnant women are handicapped, we're not in '50s anymore. Kids these days are listening to music by artists that beat their girlfriends, talking about nothing, and they call MIA a new low? I really think people should know their facts before they speak. It's apparent by some of these comments that you are unaware of MIA's history.
I am shocked by the comments ridiculing MIA. As a mom myself I was inspired by MIA and thought she looked adorable.
You could fall at your house, get in a car accident, have a tree fall on top of you...should we all walk around with body armor during our pregnancies?
Not a fan of rap music, and honestly had never even heard of MIA, but I absolutely loved the fact that she is healthy and moving and taking care of herself! For God sake's she had sneakers on–not 5 inch heels!
The snarky comments reflect more on the writers than on MIA, and dare I say even appear a bit racist/classist.
I bet you didn't run in a "Bumble Bee" outfit !!!
The girl has no class....
MIA kinda ruined the "once in a lifetime" performance we saw with jay Z, TI , lil wayne and kanye. she looked like she was about to burst. cant believe youd put mia in the same sentence with jennifer hudson!
enough about MIA already. She did what she felt comfortable its not like she was giving birth on stage. What about record of the year? hello i think coldplay or lil wayne or ne-yo should of walked away with it. Not 2 old folks from who knows what era... what a disappointment.
mia i respect her but seriously?
good music but i dont enjoi seeing half naked pregnant women
but im appaulled to see no story about the best band ever getting back together
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I thought M.I.A.'s performance was terrible! Regardless of being pregnant or not.. Too bad because the song is great! Appearing on stage on your due date is a little risky even if her doctor said it was fine...And what was she wearing?? Pregnant women are radiant and beautiful...she looked trashy.
I wonder how many of you guys ripping on M.I.A. stayed conspicuously silent when Sarah Palin told the story of getting on an 8 hour plane flight to Alaska after her water broke while carrying a Down's Syndrome baby?
EEEErm, I love MIA. She's brilliant, original and one of the most creative MC's we've seen in a long time. However, that performance made me want to call my mother and thank her for carrying me around safely. She was brave yes, smart, not so much.
What was amazing was that someone let MIA walk on the red carpet with that dress. Horrible! ugh!
Does anyone know where I could get one?
i ran a 5k on my due date. Mia has nothing on me.
Yea, im sure there a doctors out there who will say that nothing bad could happen to the baby and what not. But a pregnant woman dancing around on a stage the same day she is due doesnt pass the common sense test with me.
Yeah M.I.A was Hot A$% mess but of the subject...I am so upset at Chris Brown...Who knows what the case may have been for the reason he did what he did but still no reason for a man or boy in this case to put their hands on a woman..He in the peak of his career & both of them are superstars loved by many, but i'm just shocked at his actions..wonder what will become of his CAREER???
M.I.A. looked ridiculously nasty. Motherhood is a beautiful part of life, too bad she brought such shame to it. The outfit was in very poor taste and downright ugly. While everyone else looked absolutely radiant, the one person who should have glowed looked a “HOT MESS”. I watched the show with my daughter (who is in her 20’s) and her phone rang off the hook with her friends and their friends talking about how bad M.I.A looked. Too bad, so sad, M.I.A. you could have been the bell of the ball, instead you were the nasty clown. Another setback for women.
SHe had NO BUSINESS being out there...She's like school on Saturday........No Class...
Why does a pregnant woman not belong on stage? It wasn't unsafe and it certainly doesn't question her parenting ability. I think you are a little behind the times if you consider it wrong for a pregnant woman to appear on stage. I guess a pregnant woman should what? stay home/hidden until she gives birth? I mean really now yes how unsightly it is to see a woman who is pregnant! I bet your one of those who thinks it is unnatural to breast feed too!
Did it make her amazing? I personally like the song – amazing though – not so sure.
Amazing MIA? Yeah. I guess I should stop being amazed at how pathetic people's taste in entertainment is. This is a new low.
MIA is a talent performer, but she should keep politics out of her interviews. Associating yourself with a terrorist organization that assassinated the Prime Minister of India is not something that should be shown by US TV.
First of all, as long as she had her physician's approval, it is perfectly fine for her to perform. Women used to work in the fields up until they went into labor for geez sake. Given her background, she clearly has some tough skin and I respect her for it. Having said that, I am impressed by anyone who is willing to perform on their due date. She did a good job in my opinion.
THATS AMAZING FOR A WOMEN TO BE MOVING SO MUCH ON STAGE ON HER DUE DATE .
Amazing???? Stupid is more like it. She could have slipped, fallen, bumped into someone or her water could have broken right there on the stage....so many things could have gone wrong...
Stupid, hardly amazing.
MIA was a mess. Sorry, but she sang for just a few seconds.
I was disappointed in the show and tuned out many times.
I doubt I will watch them again. I am done...
I thought the MIA performance was absolutely pitiful. It was a complete waste of time.
Hudson was excellent! They should have given MIA's time to Jennifer so that we could have seen her twice.
good point Matt, how many others were forgotten?
Off topic from your blog postings regarding the Grammy's....but I was wondering your feeling on the exclusion of LeRoi Moore from the tribute video to pay respects to all the names in the music industry who have passed away in the last year. I would certainly expect that Mr. Moore, long time saxophone player for the Grammy Award winning Dave Matthews Band, would be a prominent enough figure in the music industry to be honored. I feel like this is a slap in the face and, judging from DMB member's Stefan Lessard and Dave Matthews' Twitter accounts, it looks like they feel the same way. I hope the Grammy Foundation addresses this oversight immediately.
Amazing MIA? You mean the girl who lip synced her 40 seconds of singing?
You don't listen to much music, do you?
I agree that MIA did not belong on stage. I flipped the channel during that fiasco.
There is nothing improper, wrong or unsafe about M.I.A. performing on the Grammy's on the day her baby is due. As long as her water did not break and her doctor gave the go ahead, she's fine. Plenty of women are active until the moment they deliver a baby.
I think calling her amazing for performing pregnant is a bit dramatic, as she didn't do anything except walk across the stage and dance a bit, but it got you to read the article, right?
I'm highly impressed with Jennifer Hudson. I think she's an extraordinary talent and I wish her nothing but the best. She has a beautiful soul and and I think it's amazing that she is able to perform in lieu of her family tragedy. With her amazing talents as a singer/actress, her potential is broad. Much love and blessings to her!
jennifer hudson lost three family members, her brother, mother and nephew.
amazing???? no way.....
It looked wrong... and unsafe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If that is what you call amazing,then thefuture of the industry industry truley is in doubt..
I think the pregant woman strutting on the stage ready to give birth should go hang out with the woman who gave birth to 8 kids,cause they truley ,niether of them,have a clue when it comes to proper raising of a child and proper care, MIA,MAZING??? yeah but in a positive manner.