Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake have been invited back to Sunday’s Grammy telecast on CBS.
The only proviso: each of them must issue a one-sentence apology on screen about their actions at the Super Bowl half time show last Sunday.
So far, the Grammy production company and CBS is waiting to see if one or both of the pop stars will accept these conditions, my sources tell me.
Of course, the pair will not appear together. I am told that Timberlake is furious with Jackson about the scandal involving her bared breast.
“He really thought she would have something on underneath when he pulled her top,” my source said.
Whether or not you believe that is a personal matter. Personally, this reporter does not care.
But Janet’s boyfriend, producer Jermaine Dupri, obviously does. To protest Jackson’s expulsion from the Grammy show, Dupri resigned from the Atlanta chapter of NARAS, the Grammy group, yesterday.
“We want Janet and Justin on the show,” a Grammy insider told me last night at the MusiCares dinner for Sting which was held at Sony’s Culver City studios. “It’s CBS that’s paranoid and causing all the trouble. The negotiating goes on and on.”
Will Janet and Justin apologize and appear on the show? My gut instinct says yes, but you never know.
In the meantime, dozens of pop stars and actors convened last night for the Sting dinner including Dustin Hoffman, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, Bob Geldof, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello (without new wife Diana Krall), Sarah Maclachlan, Herb Alpert, Herbie Hancock, Nile Rodgers, Wynonna, and the Black Eyed Peas.
I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow. I did leave Sting, wife Trudie Styler, Griffith and Banderas, and Geldof dancing the night away at 2:30 a.m. PST at the ultra-hip, tiny 40 Deuce Club, however, celebrating Sting’s big night and enjoying the Disney-esque burlesque of faux strippers and a hot retro jazz band. In case you were wondering, Sting and Styler are as incorrigible as teenagers; Griffith and Banderas were stiff as chaperones at a junior high school dance. Go figure!
I guess former Michael Jackson manager Dieter Wiesner has given a TV interview airing Sunday night regarding the day Neverland was raided by the police.
Let me tell you what I know.
According to my sources, Jackson — who was in Las Vegas and clueless that the raid was imminent — cried when he was told about the search warrant.
“He was very down at first,” my source says, “but after four hours or so, with the helicopters circling and press calling, he toughened up. He said, let’s bring [the accuser] into a room to face me, with photographers present. Then he will have to tell the truth.”
My source also claims that two of the computers seized at Neverland were brand new and never used. They’d been purchased by Wiesner and had no information on them.
More to come, without a doubt, as Jackson is said to be considering some kind of weekend appearance at a Grammy festivity. I know which one, but why spoil the fun? In the meantime, Michael is said to have been traveling around the Los Angeles area with brother Randy Jackson, not to be confused with "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson.