Let’s be real for a moment: award shows in the music world are NEVER about the awards. The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) pride themselves on ridiculous events that occur “unrehearsed” live on air. The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) are a chance for international (read: British) acts to actually win something without those pesky American popstars interfering. The Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) are really just a rehearsal for the GRAMMYs (Bonus: Country artists actually get airtime here). And the BRIT Awards are a nice little affair, though hampered by awkward timezone differences.
But the true reason why people tune in for these high-budget prize presentation ceremonies is the same throughout: FREE CONCERTS. That, together with the (classy/trashy/outrageous) red carpet looks, hook the public in. As the “mama-san” of all these rowdy music awards, the GRAMMYs would never disappoint her eager regulars. With a history of iconic performances from music’s greatest artists, you can definitely set your expectations high for each year’s lineup. And hey, speaking of which…
THE 57TH GRAMMYs LINEUP
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
It’s been four months since the duo’s jazz record “Cheek To Cheek” was released, and we still have huge respect for Mother Monster’s brave decision to pick artistic fulfilment over simple financial gain. We only hope she won’t pull the greatest shocker of all: Not Singing.
This recent upload to Gaga’s VEVO channel shows Tony belting through “Goody Goody” while Gaga casually reclines in a rocking chair and um… injects one-liners in a Betty Boop-esque style. Fingers crossed that we get to see a live rendition of “Anything Goes“. Please.
Beyoncé, Common, & John Legend – “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” & “Glory“
Beyoncé is, as usual, completely mum about whether or not she’ll be performing, but Common has revealed that “We’re getting an introduction from the great Beyoncé” so, yes. Time to freak out.
Also, think of this as a dry run: rapper Common and legend John Legend (sorry) will also be performing their Oscar-nominated hit from the Best Picture hopeful “Selma” at the Academy Awards on 22nd February (23rd; local time)!
The “Problem” megastar will be joining The Band Perry, Janelle Monáe, Usher, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and Lady Gaga for a star-studded “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life – An All-Star GRAMMY Salute“. Which iconic Stevie Wonder track can we expect Ms. Grande to be saaanging her ass off?
The Band Perry
Okay so most of us only know them as the “If I Die Young people” but this Country trio is no Lady Antebellum knockoff (they’re actually siblings!). We’re looking forward to this performance!
Hozier & Annie Lennox
A weird combination, yes, but the GRAMMYs have always been a bit spotty in their musical collaborations (which they affectionately term “GRAMMY Moments”). The 25-year-old Irishman is set to share the stage with the outspoken Lennox, in (we’re guessing) a grungy, biting rock-meets-electronica mashup.
Jessie J & Tom Jones
…is not as far-fetched as you think. The two have performed together two years back, though also with The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue and Will.I.Am thrown into the mix.
“It’s Not Unusual to Bang Bang”? A bit rough… but that might work.
Adam Levine & Gwen Stefani
I’d watch them even if they decide to just sing the alphabet, really. Watch out for some electrifying stage presence here.
The first performer announced in the GRAMMYs lineup, the material girl will grace the GRAMMYs, where just a year ago she was
dressed like Colonel Sanders singing while Queen Latifah married 33 couples on the live telecast.
Katy Perry – “By The Grace Of God”
Fresh from her blazing 2015 Super Bowl halftime performance, Katy will perform a ballad (surprise!) at the GRAMMYs. Accompanied by
left shark Brooke Axtell, a domestic violence survivor and activist, the California gurl will perform the downtempo closing track from her latest album “PRISM”.
Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds“
Just a week after the music video’s release, Riri’s lead single from her upcoming album will get its premiere live performance at the GRAMMYs!
(Can we also take a moment to appreciate the music video because it’s so simple it’s STUNNING)
Kanye West (again)
Ed Sheeran & ELO
No, not the Anthony Chen film. The Electronic Light Orchestra are a British rock group from the 70’s. The only thing these two acts share seems to be curly hair so this should be an interesting GRAMMY moment…
Ed Sheeran, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, & Questlove
Okay so here’s a little crashcourse: moving clockwise we have Herbie Hancock (American pianist/composer/part-time jazz legend), Ed Sheeran (guitarist/singer/Pop sweetheart), John Mayer (talented singer-songwriter/Katy Perry’s on-off boyfriend) and Questlove (drummer/DJ/producer/owner of five other stage names).
We’re gonna need a bigger stage.
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
We’re going out on a limb with “Elastic Heart” here but this is a pretty good guess. Just look at Sia and Maddie Ziegler‘s performance on Ellen!
Sam Smith & Mary J. Blige
We already ship this unusual duo so hard it hurts. Yes we know that it’s definitely not gonna happen but we’re very glad that these two stars are going at it musically. Can’t wait for this performance!
Juanes – “Juntos (Together)”
By the way, it’s pronounced “hua-nays”… if you were wondering.
Remember how Pharrell stole the show on the red carpet of last year’s GRAMMYs with THIS HAT? What do you think he’ll wear this year?
Brandy Clark & Dwight Yoakam
One for the Country fans: Brandy Clark is the clever lyricist behind songs by Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, and LeAnn Rimes (among others), while Dwight Yoakam is a veteran credited with making country music a marketable genre.
Beck & Chris Martin
Here’s where it starts to sound a bit like a cult sacrifice: the shaded area in this venn diagram between multi-instrumentalist Beck and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin seems to be “Alternative Rock with a side of World Headbang” so… we’ll see how this works out.
Only because his presence lets the GRAMMYs claim diversity on two fronts: his ethnicity (he hails from Shenyang, China), and his genre (he’s a concert pianist). But yay #AsianPride.
Stay tuned as Popspoken brings you a series of articles (including uncanny predictions*) leading up to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards happening 8th February 2015 (9th Feb – SG time)!
*Said “uncanny predictions” can be found here.