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Tuesday
Feb122013

Grammys Telecast Pulls in Second-Largest Audience Since 1993

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The 55th Annual Grammy Awards delivered the music ceremony's second-largest television audience since its 1993 broadcast.

According to preliminary ratings from Nielsen, the CBS telecast notched 28.37 million viewers on Sunday night.

Last year, just under 40 million tuned in for the 2012 Grammys ceremony, which featured a special tribute to Whitney Houston, who died the day before.

Sunday's telecast also set a new social TV record for an award show, with more than 18.7 million social media comments.  That number was second only to the social media figure for the 2013 Super Bowl.

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Tuesday
Feb122013

Grammy Stage Intruder Jailed for Interrupting Adele's Award Moment

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Grammy Awards may have scored 28 million viewers on Sunday night, but very few people noticed the moment when an intruder rushed the stage.  The incident caused Jennifer Lopez to feel uncomfortable and/or annoyed.

Vitalli Sediuk, a known prankster on Ukraine TV, stormed the main stage where Lopez was presenting Adele with the award for Best Pop Solo Performance.  Dressed in a tuxedo and black glasses, Sediuk made his way to the microphone as the British singer was climbing the stairs.  Lopez was then seen giving the man a stern look and, with a gesture of her thumb, made it clear he should vacate the stage.

The gatecrasher could briefly be seen on camera as Pitbull, who was co-presenting the award, gives Adele a congratulatory kiss.  Lopez maintained her composure throughout, taking just a moment to look at the intruder a second time.

A source close to the joker tells The Hollywood Reporter that the man was able to infiltrate the Grammys ceremony without a ticket or press credentials.  Apparently, he strode down the red carpet and entered Los Angeles' Staples Center next to Katy Perry.  He then took a seat designated for Adam Levine, behind Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.  The Maroon 5 singer was forced to take a seat on the floor.

Sediuk -- who famously kissed a miffed Will Smith at the Moscow premiere of Men in Black 3 last year -- was held by event security and spent an evening in jail.  He was later released, pending a court date in March.

The Grammy event was held under even tighter security than usual because of precautions taken by the Los Angeles Police Department during the ongoing manhunt for fugitive Christopher Dorner.

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Monday
Feb112013

Grammy Awards 2013: The Performances

Kevin Winter/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Sure, there were some awards handed out at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, but what everybody really tuned into the three-and-a-half-hour show for were the star-studded performances, including those "Grammy Moments" that you don't get to see on any other award show. 

Here's a look at who blew the roof off the Staples Center on Sunday night:

Taylor Swift opened the show with a huge extravaganza of a performance for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." It was a circus-themed number with Swift all in white as the ringmaster, plus fire, tricycles, a guy dressed as a rabbit, people with umbrellas dangling from the ceiling and other odd characters.  When she reached the spoken part of the song, where she says, "So he calls me up and he's like, 'I still love you,'" she pointedly used a British accent, perhaps in reference to her ex-boyfriend Harry Styles of One Direction.  Then, she added, "And I'm like 'Sorry, I'm busy opening up the Grammys...and we are never getting back together!'"

As part of a tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley, Bruno Mars and Sting teamed up to perform Mars' hit "Locked Out of Heaven," and then segued to Sting's Police hit "Walking on the Moon."  Then Rihanna and two of Marley's sons came out for a big group performance of Marley's classic "Could You Be Loved."

Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys teamed up for a duet of their respective hits "Daylight" and "Girl on Fire."  Maroon 5 started off with "Daylight," then Keys chimed in with "Girl on Fire," and then they blended the two songs together, with Adam Levine singing the chorus of "Girl on Fire," and Keys singing a few lines of "Daylight."

Justin Timberlake returned to the Grammys for the first time since 2009 with a show-stopping performance of his single "Suit & Tie."  Filmed in both sepia and in color, Timberlake was backed up by what looked like a big band from the swing era, who were dubbed "JT & the Tennessee Kids," and Jay-Z, who came out of the audience to deliver his verse on the tune.  Then, Timberlake segued into "Pusher Love Girl," a brand-new song from his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience.  After the Grammys, Timberlake left to do a headlining concert at the Hollywood Palladium.

A tribute to the late Levon Helm, drummer and singer for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Band, featured a dream team of Elton John, country star Zac Brown, soul legend Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons, producer and guitarist T Bone Burnett, and Brittany Howard of alt-rockers Alabama Shakes.  Sir Elton dedicated the performance of The Band's song "The Weight" to the victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Sir Elton also popped up duetting with Ed Sheeran on his song "The A Team," which was nominated for Song of the Year.  Sheeran correctly predicted he'd lose the category to fun.'s "We Are Young."

Carrie Underwood performed her hit "Blown Away" while wearing a huge silver gown, and once she segued into her current single "Two Black Cadillacs," the audience realized why her gown was so big: it became a "screen" onto which various images were projected, ranging from roses to butterflies to fireworks.

Jack White performed a mellow version of his song "Love Interruption" at the piano, surrounded by his female band members, and then brought the house down with a ferocious rendition of "Freedom at 21" featuring both his female and male band members.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, while it was initially thought that White had used the "F" word during "Love Interruption," CBS censors ruled that he'd actually sung "fight."

The Black Keys performed a roof-raising rendition of "Lonely Boy" accompanied by legendary New Orleans artist Dr. John -- wearing a bizarre feathered headdress -- and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Frank Ocean's performance of his song "Forrest Gump" was visually arresting: he sang it in front of a backdrop of mountains, standing up in front of a keyboard that had a video panel in the front.  Through a combination of the backdrop and the video panel, he appeared to be running down a mountain road while singing, and being followed by a whole group of people, just like the character of Forrest Gump in the movie of the same name.

Kelly Clarkson saluted two Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners -- Patti Page and Carole King -- by performing two of their signature tunes: "Tennessee Waltz" and "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman," respectively.

Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert teamed up for a double duet on her song "Over You" and his song "Home."

None other than Johnny Depp introduced Mumford & Sons, whom he called "Sublime." They performed their nominated song "I Will Wait."

Rihanna proved that yes, she can actually sing, by performing a lovely version of her ballad "Stay," with guest vocalist Mikky Ekko.

fun. performed their current single "Carry On" while buckets and buckets of water rained down on them, yet strangely, they were not electrocuted.

Miguel performed a brief version of his Grammy Award-winning song "Adorn" with some help from Wiz Khalifa, and it was enough to make Kelly Clarkson call it "the sexiest damn thing I've ever seen!"

Grammy host LL Cool J closed the show by rocking the mic with Chuck D of Public Enemy, plus Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on guitar, Travis Barker of Blink-182 on drums and DJ Z-Trip on turntables.  They performed a song called "Whaddup," from a project that LL is currently working on with Z-Trip.  In the middle of the song, Chuck and LL gave a shout-out to the late Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, briefly performing a bit of that group's hit "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn."

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Thursday
Dec062012

Was Psy Snubbed by Grammy Awards?

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for MTV(NEW YORK) -- Someone’s missing from the latest list of Grammy nominees: Psy.

The Korean pop star, whose hit “Gangnam Style” had everyone from Madonna to former Senator Alan Simpson galloping in circles, didn’t get any nods from the Recording Academy, which announced the nominees for the 55th annual Grammy Awards Wednesday night.

The Atlantic pointed out some of Psy’s massive achievements this year: in just four months, “Gangnam Style” broke the record for the most watched YouTube video in history, Psy was recognized as an “International Sensation” by the U.N. secretary-general, and he won several of Korea’s top civilian awards. Time named “Gangnam Style” the No. 2 viral video of the year, behind the KONY 2012 video.

You’d think all of that might add up to nomination for, say, song of the year. Psy couldn’t have been nominated in the best new artist category because he’s released more than three albums, the cut-off for best new artist eligibility.

On Thursday, the Recording Academy told ABC News that “Gangnam Style” was considered in the record of the year and best pop solo performance categories. Once a song is entered, it is then voted on by members of the Recording Academy, which determines whether it will become a nominee or winner. The Academy is comprised of musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters, and other music professionals.

Psy’s rep didn’t respond to a request for comment. He’s not the only pop star conspicuously absent from the list: Justin Bieber didn’t get nominated for any Grammys either, and he lost the title of most-watched YouTube video ever when “Gangnam Style” surpassed “Baby” last month. Ouch.

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Wednesday
Dec052012

Fun. Dominates "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!!" Special, Earns Six Nominations Overall

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- It was a fun night for fun. at the Grammy Awards nominations TV special in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday.

On the strength of their smash hit "We Are Young," the pop-rock band earned nominations in four of the five categories revealed on the CBS telecast. And the reason they didn't get a nod in the remaining category is that it was dedicated to country music.

fun. is nominated for album of the year and best pop vocal album, for Some Nights; record of the year, for "We Are Young"; and best new artist.

It was announced immediately after the telecast that fun. had tied for the most nominations with six, along with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Mumford and Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West.

Taylor Swift and LL Cool J hosted the special, which was dubbed Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!! Aside from the announcement of the nominees in select categories, the program featured performances by some of the newly-minted nominees as well as other prominent artists. They included:

-- Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry: the Johnny Cash-June Carter song "Jackson," in a tribute to The Man in Black.

-- Maroon 5: "One More Night," "Moves Like Jagger," "Daylight" and "Payphone."

-- The Who: "Won't Get Fooled Again."

-- Luke Bryan: "I Don't Want This Night to End."

-- fun. featuring Janelle Monae: "We Are Young."

-- Ne-Yo: "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)."

The 55th Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2013. CBS will televise the ceremony.

Here are the categories announced on the telecast:

Album of the Year
The Black Keys, El Camino
fun., Some Nights
Mumford and Sons, Babel
Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
Jack White, Blunderbuss

Record of the Year
The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"
Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"
Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Frank Ocean, "Thinkin Bout You"
Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
fun., Some Nights
Maroon 5, Overexposed
Pink, The Truth About Love

Best Country Solo Performance

Dierks Bentley, "Home"
Eric Church, "Springsteen"
Ronnie Dunn, "Cost of Livin'"
Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"
Blake Shelton, "Over"
Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

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Monday
Feb202012

Miranda Lambert and Chris Brown in Twitter Feud

Chris Polk/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Miranda Lambert and Chris Brown have been battling in a public Twitter feud since the Grammy Awards last Sunday night.

On Monday, country singer Lambert, who is married to The Voice co-host Blake Shelton, tweeted: “And Chris Brown Twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl…Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen”

In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty for assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna and is now serving five years of probation.

Brown was applauded by the Grammy audience, which included Rihanna, for his performance and win for best R&B album.  His performance resulted in some very disturbing tweets from fans, including things like, “I’d let Chris Brown beat me up.”

Brown responded to Miranda’s tweet with one he has since taken down saying, “Hate all you want because I got a Grammy now! That’s the ultimate f*** off”

On Wednesday Lambert tweeted back, “I’m done for now. But not for good :) nite love bugs & remember… Be who you are an stand for what u believe in. NO MATTER WHAT!”  later adding, “Oh and one more thing for all who are asking….I have a Grammy too:)”

In a concert Thursday night at the Amherst, Mass., Mullins Center, Lambert held up a handwritten poster that read, “Take notes Chris Brown” and said, “Listen, I just need to speak my mind.  Where I come from, beating up on a woman is never OK.”

After the crowd applauded, she added, “So that’s why my daddy taught me early on in life how to use a shotgun.”

She then sang her hit song Gunpowder and Lead, which is about a woman preparing to shoot her abusive husband: “I’m goin’ home, gonna load my shotgun/ Wait by the door and light a cigarette/He wants a fight well now he’s got one/He ain’t seen me crazy yet.”

Many of Lambert’s songs, like White Liar and I Wanna Die are known to bash men.

In three separate tweets yesterday, Brown fired back, “Using my name to get publicity? I love it! Perform your heart out!  Go buy @miranda_lambert!  So motivational and “PERFECT.”  Goodnight to all the people who live life and who aren’t stuck in the past!”

Lambert has yet to respond to Brown’s tweets but Jack Osbourne, Michelle Branch and Eric Stonestreet have also expressed their disappointment in Brown’s Grammy acceptance.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Grammy Awards Broadcast Seen by 39.9 Million People

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston's death seemed to spark more interest than usual in the Grammy Awards, judging by the ratings for the CBS telecast.

Deadline.com reports the three-and-a-half-hour broadcast was seen by 39.9 million viewers, marking the second-biggest audience ever for the Grammys. The 1984 Grammys drew 43.8 million viewers. Last year's Grammys telecast attracted 26.5 million.

During Sunday's Grammy Awards, host LL Cool J recited a prayer for Houston, who died the previous day.  Jennifer Hudson later performed "I Will Always Love You" in tribute to Houston.

The night's big winner was British singer Adele, who claimed six Grammys, including album of the year.

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Monday
Feb132012

Grammy Awards Honors Whitney Houston

John Shearer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- After an opening number by Bruce Springsteen, the 54th Grammy Awards addressed what was on every viewers' mind: the death of Whitney Houston the day before.

"There is no way around this," host LL Cool J said at the top of his monologue Sunday night.  "We've had a death in our family.  At least for me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer...for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston."

With that, LL removed a piece of a paper from his jacket pocket and read a prayer thanking the "heavenly Father for sharing our sister Whitney with us."

"Although she is gone too soon, we feel truly blessed by her beautiful spirit," he said as the camera panned an audience of superstars, including Lady Gaga, with heads bowed.

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Grammy producers had to scramble to address Houston's death and assemble a tribute to the fallen star.  Hours after her passing, executive producer Ken Ehrlich announced that Jennifer Hudson would perform a "respectful musical tribute," along with Chaka Khan and possibly others.

In the end, Hudson took the stage solo a few minutes before 11 p.m for a stirring tribute to Houston, performing one of the fallen singer's biggest hits, "I Will Always Love You."

Hudson, a huge admirer of Houston's who said she was more blown away by receiving her first Grammy from Houston than the award itself, sang the first minute acapella, drawing applause from the audience.

Clearly holding back tears, she concluded the song with the words, "Whitney, we love -- we love you," and left the stage to rousing applause.

Less than an hour before the live show, Khan, who originally sang one of Houston's biggest hits, "I'm Every Woman," backed out.

"As I grieve the loss of my friend and 'little sister,' I don't feel it appropriate to perform at this time," the singer tweeted.  "Continue to pray for the family"

While welcoming the audience to the annual Grammy Awards, LL also addressed the pall that had obviously been cast by Houston's death Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

"There are moments in the history of this show we will remember for the rest of our lives," he said, introducing a clip of Houston singing "I Will Always Love You" at the Grammys in 1994.  Houston's performance brought the audience to their feet as LL declared, "Whitney we will always love you."

Then, giving the audience permission to let loose at what is traditionally one of the more lighthearted awards shows, LL said, "the Grammy Awards was one of Whitney's greatest joys ... let us all celebrate with joy the 54th Grammy Awards," adding that "the power of music is what brings us all here."

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Friday
Feb102012

Star-Studded 54th Annual Grammy Awards Set for Sunday Night

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- This year's Grammy Awards only have 78 categories, compared with the previous 100+ categories of previous years.  But don't expect the telecast, which airs on CBS Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT, to wrap up earlier than usual.  "No, the show won't be shorter," laughs Ken Ehrlich, the executive producer of the Grammy Awards.  "We've taken categories out but we haven't figured out how to make it shorter!  There's just so much good stuff out there that we want to celebrate."  That means viewers will see a whopping 19 performances spread over the three-and-a-half-hour show and, as in past years, most of the actual trophies will be handed out in a non-televised ceremony that takes place beforehand.

In fact, according to Ehrlich, the Grammys Awards show isn't so much about the actual awards as it is about the performances, which feature cool collaborations from artists in every musical genre.  This year's telecast will feature: 

  • Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt paying tribute to Etta James
  • Rihanna singing "Princess of China" with Coldplay
  • Tony Bennett duetting with Carrie Underwood
  • The Beach Boys teaming up with Maroon 5 and Foster the People
  • Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, David Guetta and Foo Fighters doing a tribute to dance music
  • The Band Perry helping to salute legendary country star Glen Campbell
  • Adele's first big performance since her vocal cord surgery
  • Additional performances from Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.

Explaining why so many stars are willing to give up the solo spotlight to team with other artists for these special "Grammy Moments," Ehrlich tells ABC News Radio, "A great number of [these artists] go on other shows and perform well, but we look at our show as being what you're working towards.  You want to be the best on this show because it means something to be the best on this show.  And so there's this kind of mindset that allows them to be more collaborative."

But of course, there will be actual awards handed out Sunday night.  The leading nominee is Kanye West, who has a chance to expand his already huge collection of 14 Grammys: he's got seven nominations, while Adele, Bruno Mars and Foo Fighters are tied with six each.  Lil Wayne and electronic musician Skrillex have five nominations, while Rihanna, Radiohead, indie rockers Bon Iver [bohn ee VAIR], Drake and British alt-folk group Mumford & Sons each received four nods.

Each year, the most prestigious awards -- known as the Big Four -- are Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.  Here's the difference between Record and Song of the Year: the Song of the Year Grammy goes to the song's writer or writers, who are not necessarily the same ones who performed the tune.  The Record of the Year Grammy goes to the artist, producer, engineer and mixer of the song.  For Album of the Year, the Grammy goes to the artist, the album's producer or producers, the engineers and any featured performers.  

Here are the nominees in the main fields this Sunday night:

Record of the Year
"Rolling in the Deep," Adele
"Holocene," Bon Iver
"Grenade," Bruno Mars
"The Cave," Mumford & Sons
"Firework," Katy Perry

 Song of the Year [award to songwriter(s)]
"All of the Lights," Kanye West
"Rolling in the Deep," Adele
"Holocene," Bon Iver
"Grenade," Bruno Mars
"The Cave," Mumford & Sons

Album of the Year
Doo-Wops and Hooligans, Bruno Mars
Wasting Light, Foo Fighers
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Loud, Rihanna
21, Adele

Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Skrillex

Best Pop Solo Performance
"Someone Like You," Adele
"You and I," Lady Gaga
"Grenade," Bruno Mars
"Firework," Katy Perry
"F***in' Perfect, Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Body and Soul," Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
"Dearest," The Black Keys
"Paradise," Coldplay
"Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People
"Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Pop Vocal Album
21, Adele
The Lady Killer, Cee Lo Green
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars
Loud, Rihanna

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists
The Gift, Susan Boyle
In Concert on Broadway, Harry Connick Jr
Music Is Better Than Words, Seth McFarlane
What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan And Marilyn Bergman, Barbra Streisand

Best Rock Performance
"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay
"Down by the Water," The Decemberists
"Walk," Foo Fighters
"The Cave," Mumford & Sons
"Lotus Flower," Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
"On the Backs of Angels," Dream Theater
"White Limo," Foo Fighters
"Curl of the Burl," Mastodon
"Public Enemy No. 1," Megadeth
"Blood in My Eyes," Sum 41

Best Rock Song
"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay
"Down by the Water," The Decembrists
"Walk," Foo Fighters
"The Cave," Mumford & Sons
"Lotus Flower," Radiohead

Best Rock Album
Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, Jeff Beck
Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
Come Around Sundown, Kings Of Leon
I'm With You, Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Whole Love, Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album

Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Codes and Keys, Death Cab For Cutie
Torches, Foster The People
Circuital, My Morning Jacket
The King of Limbs, Radiohead

Best R&B Performance

"Far Away," Marsha Ambrosius
"Pieces of Me," Ledisi
"Not My Daddy," Kelly Price & Stokley
"Is This Love," Corinne Bailey Rae
"You Are," Charlie Wilson

Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Sometimes I Cry," Eric Benét
"Fool for You," Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
"Radio Message," R. Kelly
"Good Man," Raphael Saadiq
"Surrender," Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Song
"Far Away," Marsha Ambrosius
"Fool for You," Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
"Not My Daddy," Kelly Price & Stokley
"You Are," Charlie Wilson
"Pieces of Me," Ledisi

Best R&B Album
F.A.M.E., Chris Brown
Second Chance, El DeBarge
Love Letter, R. Kelly
Pieces of Me, Ledisi
Kelly, Kelly Price

Best Rap Performance
"Look at Me Now," Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
"Otis," Jay-Z & Kanye West
"The Show Goes On," Lupe Fiasco
"Moment 4 Life," Nicki Minaj & Drake
"Black and Yellow," Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"Party," Beyoncé & André 3000
"I'm on One," DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
"I Need a Doctor," Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
"What's My Name?," Rihanna & Drake
"Motivation," Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
"All of the Lights," Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Song
"All of the Lights," Kanye West
"I Need a Doctor," Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skyler Grey
"Look at Me Now," Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
"The Show Goes On," Lupe Fiasco
"Otis," Jay-Z and Kanye West

Best Rap Album
Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Tha Carter IV, Lil Waye
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco

Best Country Song

"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," Thompson Square
"God Gave Me You," Blake Shelton
"Just Fishin'," Trace Adkins
"Mean," Taylor Swift
"Threaten Me with Heaven," Vince Gill
"You and Tequila," Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Best Country Solo Performance

"Dirt Road Anthem," Jason Aldean
"I'm Gonna Love You Through It," Martina McBride
"Honey Bee," Blake Shelton
"Mean," Taylor Swift
"Mama's Song," Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"Don't You Wanna Stay," Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
"You and Tequila," Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
"Barton Hollow," The Civil Wars
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," Thompson Square

Best Country Album

My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean
Chief, Eric Church
Own the Night, Lady Antebellum
Red River Blue, Blake Shelton
Here for a Good Time, George Strait
Speak Now, Taylor Swift

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Reunited Beach Boys to Perform at Grammy Awards

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Beach Boys, who recently announced they're reuniting this year for a new album and tour to mark their 50th anniversary, have chosen to make their first live appearance together in more than 20 years on the Grammy Awards this Sunday.

The legendary group, comprised of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, will perform alongside Maroon 5 and Grammy-nominated band Foster the People on the telecast, which airs on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

In addition, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, jazz artist Diana Krall and funk star Maceo Parker have been added to the lineup of performers on Sunday's telecast.  Reba McEntire, Diana Ross, rapper/actor Common and actress Taraji P. Henson have been added as presenters.

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