1/31/2012 @ 12:36PM |576 views
Homes of Grammy Nominees
The hottest acts in the music business earn their appeal by hitting the recording studio and their road warrior tour bus to promote their latest pop, rap, rock, blues or jazzy creations. On Sunday, Feb. 12, the music makers get their chance to shine on the red carpet when the awards season spotlights the 54th Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Staples Center (8 p.m. ET, CBS). But even pop stars need a place to call home every once and awhile, so here is a tour of these musical cribs.
Song of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Performance
Kanye West upped his arrogantly bad boy status for his scene-stealing antics at awards shows. And with a critically acclaimed new recording and tour with fellow rapper Jay-Z, Kanye might be amped to pull off another unscripted surprise. The talented rap artist is nominated this year for seven awards, including the coveted “Song of the Year” for his collaborative piece “All of the Lights” with Rihanna, Fergie and Kid Cudi.
West picked up his LA digs in 2003 for $1,750,000. The 2002-built home was described as a “modern masterpiece” designed by a “world-renowned Italian architect” most likely appealed to West’s love of style. The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath piece of Hollywood Hills real estate sits on a winding drive with views of the city below. It was listed for sale for $3,995,000 in 2010.
Album of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Song of the Year
Another year, another Grammy nomination for Barbados-born singer Rihanna — or three. The ubiquitous crooner, who could sing the phone book and make it sound hot, is up for a trio of awards, including Song of the Year for her collaboration with Kanye West.
While Rihanna’s luck in her musical career has been stellar, her luck in real estate has been the exact opposite. RiRi bought her Beverly Hills modern mansion, above, for $6.9 million, but later filed several lawsuits against the builder, previous owner, home inspector and real estate agents. She charged that her home was poorly constructed, with numerous water leaks causing extensive damage. She then listed the home as a $4 million short sale. There’s no word where the star is staying now, but her real estate drama may leave her a little gun-shy when it comes to purchasing a new home.
Best Pop Solo Performance
Pop-star Katy Perry ended her year on a sour note with an impending divorce with her husband Russell Brand, but the pop diva could ring in the new year with another Grammy win.
Before Perry and Brand called it quits, the two shared a stately 3-acre Los Feliz home, pictured below, that Brand purchased as a Christmas gift for Katy in 2009. The pair listed the home on the Los Feliz real estate market in May 2011 for $3.395 million; it sold for $3.3 million.
Perry and Brand bought another, bigger, home in Hollywood Hills in June 2011, where movers were spotted hauling Brand’s stuff away. Whether Katy sticks with this property remains to be seen.
Homes of Grammy Nominees.
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