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Music fans, brace yourself.
This Friday at 10 p.m. the Grammy Awards’ 2014 nominees will be announced in a televised CBS special, an event that inevitably leads to teeth-gnashing and tears — and not just among the stars who go unmentioned.
Dedicated fans, too, experience acute Grammy Depression Syndrome, crestfallen at the thought that the CDs and songs they consider the finest aren’t even in the running.
To cushion the blow, keep this in mind: Contrary to its stated goal, the Grammys weren’t conceived to toast the absolute finest in a given year. (An exception: Adele’s sweep in 2011.)
Instead, this industry-dominated self-salute exists mainly to provide extra promotion for whatever it has already managed to sell, or to reward its personal pets. Most nominees the voting body anoints have already gone gold or platinum, and even its darkest horses represent stars the record companies think will reach those plateaus one day. Fans should also be aware of the time eligibility period. The Grammys don’t go by calendar year. This year, only music released between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013, can be considered.
With these caveats in mind, several artists stand a greater chance than others of hearing their names announced early and often — mainly, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West.
JT enjoyed this year’s biggest CD debut, to the tune of 900,000-plus copies with the first of his two discs in 2013, “The 20/20 Experience.” While Kayne’s “Yeezus” has sold barely half that number, even after months on the market, his album inspired the year’s best reviews. It also made the boldest sonic statement, at least among big-name releases. Kanye has also proven to be a Grammy pet in terms of nominations, even if that doesn’t always pan out in wins.
Pitting JT against Kanye also makes for a dramatic contrast. It’s the nice guy against music’s foam-at-the-mouth crank, a match made in media heaven.
Another likely top nominee plays on Grammy voters’ secret self-loathing. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made it huge by doing an end run around the industry, selling their wares via YouTube. At the same time they proved so likable, and fun, even the biggest industry insider would have trouble taking genuine offense.
Expect a strong presence for Drake, too. His “Nothing Was the Same” sold huge while presenting a friendly and accessible face for rap. Other likely biggies include razzle-dazzle king Bruno Mars (for “Unorthodox Jukebox”) and Daft Punk for their EDM/art-rock epic “Random Access Memories.”
Taylor Swift could also get big bids for “Red,” though that has more to do with voters trying to channel their inner teen girl, and to promote one of their last mega-sellers, than with genuine respect.
Each year, the Grammys find room for a less obvious star in the top categories, usually a young female. Two artists look likely this year: New Zealand prodigy Lorde and country upstart Kacey Musgraves. The latter found herself up in every big category in this year’s Country Music Awards, even if she lost all of them.
This year, a young male also has the chance to leap to the front ranks. Gary Clark Jr. wowed critics, and tasteful fans, with his bluesy and intuitive guitar leads. Mentions for him would make Grammy voters look like they still care about music in an industry otherwise driven by flash.
Long shots include David Bowie’s first album in 10 years, “The Next Day,” which may suffer for having been released in February, and Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire,” which came out a full year ago. Miley Cyrus will likely be penalized for her garishness, as Grammy voters like to see themselves as above such things.
i gave you videos (which got taken down…..boooo) last night, so I’ll give you photos today. Hope you enjoy. there are hundreds!!!
…. and I know there are some haters, but can we just say how stunning Mrs.Timberlake looks? simply gorgeous
The 55th annual Grammys are in Los Angeles and, as of Thursday (February 7), so is Jay-Z, which makes for good odds that the Roc Nation CEO, after skipping the show for the previous two years, will be in Staples Center Sunday night. Place cards also show that he and Beyonce are supposed to be seated next to Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel.
Paparazzi photos placed Hov, along with Beyoncé, and one-year old daughter, Blue Ivy, in Venice after hip-hop’s first family had lunch at Gjelina restaurant, a trendy celebrity hot spot on Abbot Kinney Blvd, sparking industry-wide debates about whether or not Jay plans to be in the building to watch Bey present or, better yet, join Justin Timberlake on stage while he performs his latest single, “Suit & Tie,” from his highly-anticipated comeback album, The 20/20 Experience.
Jigga recently performed with JT in New Orleans ahead of Super Bowl XLVII at the DirecTV Super Saturday Night party, which is a good indication that he’ll help the “SexyBack” singer make his first performance slot on the show in nearly four years one for the record books.
Stepping on stage in a “Tom Ford tuxedo for no reason” to drop opulent lines like “All Saints for my angel/Alexander Wang too/Ass tight denim and some Dunks/I show you how to do this Young,” will only add to the telecast’s hip-hop presence, which is the one of the “99 Problems” Hov originally had with the Grammys back in 2002 when he famously boycotted the program.
“I am boycotting the Grammys because too many major rap artists continue to be overlooked,” he said at the time. “Rappers deserve more attention from the Grammy committee and from the whole world. If it’s got a gun everybody knows about it; but if we go on a world tour, no one knows.”
Memorable performances notwithstanding, the minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets also has six other golden reasons not to eschew the ceremony this year: nominations for Best Rap Performance for “N—as In Paris” and “I Do,” Best Rap Song for “N—as In Paris,” Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild” and “Talk That Talk” and Best Short Form Music Video for “No Church in the Wild,” from his joint LP with Kanye West, Watch the Throne.
Like Fun., Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Kanye West, Jay has a whopping six noms, which means that odds are really good that he’ll add at least one more gramophone to his collection of 14, which includes a Best Rap Album win in 1999 for his five times platinum third studio album, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life.
yesterday I told you guys about Justin’s surprise appearance at Timbaland’s LA show for the pre grammy event, well here are two picctures. Justin looks fantastic.
Talk about a being a good great friend.
Justin Timberlake was the surprise guest during his pal Timbaland’s performance at last night’s launch of the United Nations Foundation’s new mobile initiative, mPowering Action, at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles.
J.T. joined Timbaland on stage to perform their hit “Carry Out” for an enthusiastic crowd of twentysomethings, including hottie Kellan Lutz, his Twilight costar Nikki Reed and her husband, Paul McDonald. Also in the audience was Timberlake’s fellow ‘NSync member Joey Fatone and his wife Kelly. (Fatone told me he and Timberlake talked a couple of weeks ago for their birthdays, which are just three days apart.)
Dressed in a white shirt, black sweater and jacket and a black ski cap, Timberlake ended the song with a shout-out to Timbaland before leaving the stage with smile and a simple, “See you on Sunday.”
Timberlake is not only performing at the Grammys on Sunday, but also later that night, he’ll do the same at an after-party at the Palladium in Hollywood.
The 32-yar-old singer recently released “Suit & Tie,” the first single from his much-buzzed-about upcoming third solo album, The 20/20 Experience.
Also at the mPowering event were Timbaland’s wife Monique Mosley, Estelle, Pharrell Williams and Lamorne Morris.
anyone got pics??
Justin Timberlake will be up first today as rehearsals continue for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, and the singer will know he’s good to go when he gets an approving nod from Ken Ehrlich, the executive producer who is calling the tune for Sunday night’s show just as he has for past 33 years. No, that’s not a typo – Ehrlich has been the gatekeeper of the Grammys stage since the 1980 edition of the show, and he’s the guiding hand behind the show’s signature mix-and-match approach to putting artists and songs together in fused fashion.
On that first February 1980 show, trophies went home with Donna Summer, Kenny Rogers, and Bob Dylan, who performed on the Grammys that night not because of the nomination but because of the credibility the new executive producer brought with him from the Chicago music scene. Times have changed –a Grammy for best disco recording won’t be presented during this Sunday night’s broadcast, for one thing, and there’s been a sharp decrease in both platinum records and polyester pants – but Ehrlich endures. In fact he’s thriving: The Grammys had record ratings last year (and for reasons that went beyond the fresh tragedy of Whitney Houston’s death).
The towering success of 2012 (the Grammys broadcast topped the Oscars audience for the first time) is a tough act to follow but EW asked Ehrlich to set aside mass appeal and talk about the show on a personal level – what are the moments he’s looking forward to most? Like the executive producer himself, the answers were at times sentimental, often unfiltered and always loyal first and foremost to live music and its possibilities…
If last year’s Grammy Awards were remembered for Adele’s triumphs and Whitney Houston’s tributes, this year’s likely belongs to the return of Justin Timberlake and the rise of Frank Ocean.
Perhaps no other performance is more anticipated for this Sunday’s live telecast than Timberlake’s. The last time he graced the Grammy stage was 2009, when he stepped in at the last minute to perform a duet with Al Green.
Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the awards, told ABC News that Timberlake “saved our lives” with his last-minute performance of “Let’s Stay Together,” which filled a hole in the broadcast — a hole that was caused — Ehrlich noted — by “that little drop-out with Chris Brown and Rihanna.”
Both artists, then a couple, pulled out of the show following Brown’s assault on Rihanna.
“We’ve missed him,” Ehrlich said of Timberlake.
So have his music fans. This will be Timberlake’s first musical appearance in support of his first new solo work since 2006. Not yet known is whether he’ll perform his recently released “Suit & Tie,” the retro-minded soul single featuring Jay-Z, or unveil something new.
Billboard editor Joe Levy told ABC News that Timberlake sent Ehrlich a track that he was thinking of performing, leading many to believe that it could be a new song, not currently on the radio.
Timberlake won’t be the only performer people will be talking about. There will, of course, be the discussion of who was wearing what, although CBS took the unusual step of issuing a “clothing advisory,” advising talent to be sure their “buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered” as well as their genitals covered so that there is no visible ‘puffy’ bare skin exposure.”
“It is a black tie affair so you hate to see anyone turn up wearing a handkerchief,” Levy said. “Then again, it is rock and roll, so you gotta expect it.”