55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS: WHAT TO KNOW
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles’ at 7PM Central on CBS Sunday (2/10). Here are a few things to watch for:
- Taylor Swift is opening the show with what’s rumored to be a pretty huge performance!
- Dierks Bentley and tourmate Miranda Lambert will perform together, something they’ve been teasing on Twitter over the past couple weeks.
- Carrie Underwood is performing, but the Grammys are tight lipped on what she’ll sing. Our guess is her new single “Two Black Cadillacs.”
- Zac Brown will join a group of artists including Elton John and Mavis Staples for a tribute to the lateLevon Helm.
- In a last-minute announcement, Hunter Hayes is added to the lineup of performances. He’s up for three awards!
- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will present an award during the show, along with four-time Grammy winnerKeith Urban.
- Friend of country artists LL Cool J is hosting the show. By the way, sources tell us he recently spent some time in the studio with Brad Paisley.
DID YOU KNOW?
- CBS reportedly issued a “wardrobe advisory” prior to this weekend’s show requesting attendees’ “buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.”
- Ads for Sunday’s Grammy Awards sold for an all-time record $900,000 for some 30-second spots.
- The 2012 Grammys was the second most-watched, according to Nielsen, with 39.9-million viewers.
- Last year’s Grammys recorded 13-million tweets and Facebook messages during the telecast.
- The record for the most nominations without ever winning a Grammy Award goes to Brian McKnight with 16
- The first Grammy ceremony consisted of 28 categories. Today, more than 100 Grammys are awarded, with the majority handed out prior to the televised portion.
- At 14 years old, LeAnn Rimes was the youngest person to receive a Grammy; George Burns was the oldest at 94.
Sources: BlueFin Labs, Nielsen, Xfinity.com, DeadlineTV
CATEGORIES WITH COUNTRY NOMINEES
Best Country Solo Performance
“Home” – Dierks Bentley
“Springsteen” – Eric Church
“Cost of Livin’” – Ronnie Dunn
“Wanted” – Hunter Hayes
“Over” – Blake Shelton
“Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band
“Pontoon” – Little Big Town
“Safe & Sound” – Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
“On The Outskirts of Town” – The Time Jumpers
“I Just Came Here For The Music” – Don Williams feat. Alison Krauss
Best Country Song
“Blown Away” – Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
“Cost of Livin’” – Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn)
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band)
“So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” – Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson)
“Springsteen” – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church)
Best Country Album
Uncaged – Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes
Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson
Four the Record – Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers
Record of the Year
“Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” – Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye feat. Kimbra
“Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift
Best New Artist