LL Cool J will host the 54th Grammy Awards this Feb. 12. The two-time Grammy winner has hosted the nomination concert for the last four years, but he’ll be the first official host of the televised ceremony since Queen Latifah in 2005. “I’m thrilled to be part of Music’s Biggest Night,” he said in a statement. “I will always have fond memories of my first Grammys Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true.”
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After canceling dozens of tour dates and laying low following vocal cord surgery towards the end of 2011, Adele has begun to step back into the spotlight.
She just announced her first post-recovery live performance, which will be at the 2012 Brit Awards on February 21 — a little more than a week after the Grammys, which go down in Los Angeles on February 12.
Ever since she first disappeared for her surgery, rumors have been swirling that Adele would make her great public comeback at the Grammys. At the moment, Adele’s name isn’t on the performance slate, though the show is notorious for slowly rolling out the performance announcements (or sometimes not announcing people at all).
And she did tweet yesterday: Looking forward to @theGRAMMYs on Feb 12! #WeAreMusic with a link to an impressive Grammys glamor shot. So it’s still entirely possible that her live return will be on stage at the Staples Center (where she will also be around to pick up as many as six Grammys). And it’s good that she is feeling well enough to book performances, but even with all this rest, her return gives me pause. READ FULL STORY
Yes, they will be handing out some gold statuettes at this year’s Grammys, coming up on Feb. 12. But for many, the real draw is the performances — a veritable parade of music-industry stars-slash-nominees.
Taylor Swift, whose album Speak Now is up for Best Country Album and whose single “Mean” is nominated for two more prizes, will join the growing list of artists who will bring their A-game to music’s biggest night. Nicki Minaj, whose second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is set to hit stores two days after the show airs, will make her debut on the Grammy stage (she is also nominated for three prizes, including Best New Artist).
The current announced performance slate also includes the likes of Kelly Clarkson (who will have an awful lot of national TV exposure in February, as she will also be singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl), Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, and Jason Aldean (who will presumably duet with Clarkson on their smash hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay”).
That’s only a fraction of the performers who will end up rolling out songs on the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12. Last year, there were a grand total of 17 performance segments involving three dozen artists.
Since the focus over the past few years has been put on on-stage collaborations, and since the ads for this year’s show focus on past tag-teams like Prince and Beyoncé, the biggest question remains who will link up with who for a memorable performance this time around.
Of all the people already announced, it’d be most satisfying to see Minaj involved in some sort of salute to women in hip-hop (Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill, and Eve could all make guest appearances, culminating in a climactic beef-burying appearance from Lil Kim).
We would also love to see Dave Grohl open up his Rolodex and invite some of the rock icons he has jammed with just over the past 12 months (including Lemmy Kilmister, Bob Mould, and former bandmate Krist Novoselic).
Who are you hoping will come together at the 54th Grammy Awards? Cast your votes in the comments.
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When the Grammy nominations were announced last night, it was no surprise that Broadway darling The Book of Mormon, which swept the Tonys over the summer, picked up a nomination for Best Musical Theater Album (check out the full list of nominations). After the nominations were announced, EW chatted with Parker and Robert Lopez, who, along with Stone, are responsible for the killer book, music and lyrics, to find out more about their incredible, whirlwind year.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations, first of all. You guys must be so excited. I love this show, and I can’t stop humming the songs.
TREY PARKER: Yeah! That’s the cool part, we actually started writing the show as an album first. We sat down and came up with the songs first. Because we wanted the songs to dictate the show and not just have it be a show and break for a song once in a while. We wanted the show to be motivated by the songs. Really what we did is we got together and made a demo of an album, so the songs are really what we are most proud of, so that’s why this is cool. READ FULL STORY
Grammy-winning Cuban guitarist and Buena Vista Social Club member Manuel Galbán has died at the age of 80.
In the ’60s, Galban joined the hugely popular Cuban band Los Zafiros and in the ’70s formed his own group, Batey. He appeared in Wim Wenders’ 1999 documentary about Cuban music, Buena Vista Social Club, and subsequently performed with the touring ensemble of the same name. In 2004, Galbán won a Grammy for the album Mambo Sinuendo, a collaboration with his fellow guitarist Ry Cooder.
Galbán died yesterday in Havana of a heart attack.
“It is a very sad day for Cuban music and fans of Cuban music,” said Galbán’s manager Daniel Florestano. “Galbán’s enormous impact worldwide with his unique guitar sound and warm smile will be missed by many.”
You can see a very young Galbán appearing on TV with Los Zafiros below: READ FULL STORY
A group of musicians is threatening to organize a boycott of CBS, network of the 2012 Grammy Awards, after the Recording Academy dropped 31 categories, according to the Associated Press. In April, the Academy announced that the number of Grammy categories would be reduced from 109 to 78, and the group, led by Grammy-nominated Latin jazz musician Bobby Sanabria, charges that this move intentionally and unfairly targets ethnic music. The new Grammy policy has drawn criticism from the likes of Bill Cosby, Herbie Hancock, and Paul Simon.
In a response, the Academy said in a statement: “The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees and its committees — made up of elected, qualified voting members from The Academy’s 12 Chapter Cities around the country and a broad spectrum of music makers — spent two years researching and ultimately making the decision to restructure the Grammy Awards Categories for reasons that had everything to do with recognizing excellence in music and the integrity of our awards and nothing to do with ethnicity or race. We were up front, transparent, and painstakingly clear about how and why the awards restructuring was done, and any allegations that the process was carried out in secret or without warning are demonstrably false.
“We respect the right of our members to their opinions, and continue to listen to their views with open minds. There is no basis for any kind of legitimate legal claim. We cannot comment on a hypothetical lawsuit.”
CBS declined to comment.
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