Long ago, the Grammys people learned they could create events -- reunions, comebacks, special pairings, more.
Now that's become an artform. Here's a box -- not a full Grammys story, but a helpful guide -- that I sent to papers:
By MIKE HUGHES
In the final days before this year's
Grammys telecast, producers were still piling on new touches.
They added a Beach Boys reunion, a
dance-music number and more performers and preenters. Here's an update:
– The telecast: 8-11 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 12),
CBS; LL Cool J hosts.
– Before that: Two cable channels –
E and the TV Guide Channel – will be on the red carpet from 6-8
p.m. Also, CBS' “60 Minutes” (7 p.m.) includes an interview with
– The reunion: The surviving Beach
Boys will perform together for the first time in more than 20 years.
That includes three men who started the group in 1961 – Brian
Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine; it also includes Bruce Johnston,
who joined in '65 and David Marks, who briefly replaced Jardine in
'62. (Two other originals, Dennis and Carl Wilson, died in 1983 and
'98, respectively.) For the Grammys, they'll perform with Maroon 5
and Foster The People.
– More nostalgia: In the early stages
of Alzheimer's disease, Glen Campbell is doing both a tour and an
album. At the Grammys, he'll perform with Blake Shelton and The Band
– Comeback: This will be Adele's
first live performance since laser surgery on her vocal chord. She
wasn't away for long: Her current album has three No. 1 singles and
six Grammy nominations.
– Another large-scale number: Dance
and “electronica” will be spotlighted in a number with Chris
Brown,David Guetta, Lil Wayne, Deadmau5 and the Foo Fighters.
– The duets: It will be Alicia Keys
with Bonnie Raitt, Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna with
Coldplay. And fresh from his second duets album, Tony Bennett, 85,
sings with Carrie Underwood, 28.
– Also performing: Bruce Springsteen,
Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift,
Diana Krall and Maceo Parker. Two of the final performers added were
Joe Walsh – who already had six Grammys – and The Civil Wars,
this year's enigma. It has only done an independent album, “Barton
Hollow,” but drew Grammy nominations for best folk album and best
country duo or group.
– Just presenting: This includes
Fergie, Marc Anthony, Ringo Starr, Reba McEtire, Diana Ross, Drake
and Common, plus country's Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Lady
Antebellum. Also presenting will be Ryan Seacrest and actors Taraji
B. Henson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black.