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Maui siblings will perform during Grammy Awards

January 30, 2010
The Maui News

LOS ANGELES - Maui Hawaiian music Grammy Award nominee Amy Hanaiali'i and her musician-brother, Eric Gilliom, will perform before a national television audience during Sunday night's broadcast of "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards" from Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Maui's talented siblings will perform with their long-time friend Jamie Foxx in a musical number during the broadcast.

"Without giving too much away, we will be part of Jaime's rendition of one his hits from 2009," Hanaiali'i reported from Los Angeles.

They will back Foxx on the song "Blame It On the Alcohol," added Hanaiali'i's media representative Adrian Kamali'i. They will perform a mock opera lead-in before Foxx takes over.

Hanaiali'i, whose "Amy Hanaiali'i Friends & Family of Hawaii" marks her fourth nomination for a Grammy in the Best Hawaiian Music category, sent a text message to Foxx earlier this week after arriving in Los Angeles for the ceremony, Kamali'i reported. Foxx asked her if she could do the opera segment, and she in turn contacted her brother, Eric, to perform as the other half of the operatic duo.

Hanaiali'i's competition for the Grammy includes the made-on-Maui compilation "Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Volume 2," along with Ho'okena's "Nani Mau Loa: Everlasting Beauty" and Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho's "He Nani."

The program will air tape-delayed at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS, channels 3, 9 and 1007.



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