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What musicians are saying about Eminem and Elton

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What would the Grammys be without music honcho Clive Davis? Although he recently left his post at Arista Records after 25 years, Davis wasn’t about to give up hosting his annual Grammy Eve bash. Tuesday night, the music world turned out at his soiree — this year sponsored by his new label, J Records — to rub elbows and bump hips to the grooves of Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross.

EW.com caught up with revelers at the Beverly Hills Hotel and asked them what they think about Eminem and Elton John taking the Grammy stage together at Wednesday night?s ceremony:

Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit ”I heard the rehearsals were great. I knew I was going to get asked this a whole bunch tonight, so I would rather walk the blurry line on this one. I’m a friend of Eminem’s. I’d love to be a friend of Elton John’s, and that’s about it. I think the Grammys are just trying to have something that’s hip and cool and controversial to make people watch the show.”

Lance Bass, ‘N Sync ”They both love controversy, and the public eats it up. It will probably be the most watched Grammys in history. It will be fun.”

Joe Fatone, ‘N Sync ”I don’t think it’s really surprising. [Eminem] has got all of the pressure of what he says on his album and to [sing with Elton] is just a starting point. That just goes to show you that he’s not really 100 percent serious in what he’s saying. If he’s going to have Elton John perform with him, then I give him [a lot of] credit. He’s a smart guy. Some people probably will be [disappointed] in Elton John. But some people will also be disappointed in Eminem.”

Brian McKnight ”I think any time you can bring people together like that it’s always a wonderful thing. People are crazy for making such a big deal out of it. You’ve got the biggest icon of music with the most controversial icon of new music, and there’s been a lot of posturing that they could do. But they’re trying to take it to the next level.”

Kathie Lee Gifford ”I personally find a lot of the lyrics on Eminem’s album really repulsive, as a woman, as a mother, as a human being. Forget gender, forget sex, and anything else, I just find them very, very, very offensive. But I believe in the right to free speech. It is something that is very precious, and he’s got the right to say what he wants to say and the rest of us have the right to find it offensive. That’s what makes it a great country. Elton will surprise us until he takes his last breath, and that’s part of the magic of Elton.”

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