Sunday, January 26, 2014
10 things to expect from Sunday’s Grammy Awards — including Madonna
And one anti-surprise: LL Cool J is hosting. Again.
Catch all the musical action on Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBS. Here's what to look out for:
34 marriages live: The New York Times reports the 7 p.m. broadcast on CBS will have an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors. The ceremony will be part of the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love,” which became a marriage-equality anthem last year. Rumor has it that Madonna will join in for the song.
Who's hosting: For the third year running, rapper LL Cool J is taking the hosting reigns. LL is about as safe as a bet one could make when choosing a host as he always seems to give a formidable, family friendly performance that gives the show an undeniable ease to it. Also, if you’re a fan of lip-licking, LL’s got plenty of that too.
Mr. & Mrs. Carter: Beyonce practically shut down the Super Bowl with her historic halftime performance last year and that was without the assistance of her husband, Jay-Z. This year, music’s most powerful couple is slated to perform at the Grammys and, while they’ve been mum as to what they’ll perform, we’re pulling for their 2004 hit “Crazy in Love.”
Kacey Musgraves poised for breakout: Country artist Kacey Musgraves, who hails from Golden, Texas, is nominated for four Grammy awards on Sunday night including the coveted Best New Artist and Best Country Album.
Honoring a legend: Another East Texas girl, Miranda Lambert, will join musicians Mindi Abair, LeAnn Rimes, Zac Brown, Stuart Duncan and Tom Scott for a tribute to four-time Grammy winner Carole King. King, a Grammy Hall of Famer, is best known for her song writing work that includes songs like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” and Celine Dion’s “The Reason.”
One rockin' finale: The Grammys are known to bring out some stellar names for a memorable final performance, and this year is no different. The 56th annual will include a rocking performance from Nine Inch Nails, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age and Lindsay Buckingham.
Presenters galore: Gloria Estefan, Alicia Keys, Cyndi Lauper, Bruno Mars, and Miguel are just a few of the many names on the star-studded Grammy presenter list.
Snarky Puppy: D-FW based Snarky Puppy picked up a surprise nomination for Best R&B Performance and will face off against huge R&B names like Tamar Braxton, Anthony Hamilton and Miguel.
She's back: Madonna is sharing the stage with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Trumbone Shorty and Miranda Lambert for a tribute in memoriam to Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. With that many genres involved, the tribute’s bound to be interesting.
Back on the highway: Kris Kristofferson, who is picking up a Lifetime Achievement Award on Grammy night, is reuniting with Willie Nelson to reform The Highwaymen. Blake Shelton and Merle Haggard are filling in for the late Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.