Speaking of recluses, Sly Stone may appear at the Grammys, making his first public appearance since his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. The Grammy folks like their opening-act surprises (remember the Prince and Beyonce duet, or the acoustic Simon and Garfunkel reunion a couple years back?), so it’s no wonder that they won’t confirm or deny reports that Sly (who’s subject of a tribute album, Different Strokes for Different Folks, to be released in stores on Feb. 7, the day before the awards show) will appear in an opening number with John Legend, Maroon 5, Joss Stone, and others.

It would certainly be worthwhile for the Grammys to pay homage to Stone, who first brought rock and funk together long before the Black Eyed Peas, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, and so on and so on and scooby dooby doo. (Sorry, can’t help but lose yourself in a jam when thinking about the hitmaker behind ”Everyday People” and ”Dance to the Music.”) Come back, Sly, and take us higher.