The Grammys will be handed out Sunday (check out our coverage here), but we won’t know who scored the most-talked about performance until Monday morning. Who will it be? The show-opening Police? Justin Timberlake and the lucky “My Grammy Moment” competition winner? Rascal Flatts?
Now hold on, there. Someone’s excited to see the country trio perform. (And not just Kelly Clarkson, who’s such a fan she covers them live and has joined them onstage.) They were, after all, 2006’s top-selling act. And when I chatted with lead singer Gary LeVox (pictured, right, with bandmate Joe Don Rooney) last week, he gave me a reason not to make their tribute to country rock a bathroom break:
“We’re gonna do ‘Hotel California’ and ‘Life in the Fast Lane,'” LeVox told me before sounding genuinely concerned that he’ll confuse the words to the latter Eagles hit with those of his band’s recent cover “Life is a Highway.” He continued, “Please put a TelePrompTer up: ‘Life in the Fast Lane,’ Gary, not ‘Life is a Highway.’ See, it’s not like a regular concert where you can go, ‘Sing it!’ and hold the mic out [to the audience]. Mary J. and them would be sitting there goin,’ ‘I think he screwed up. That’s the wrong song, I believe, right there.'”
addCredit(“Rascal Flatts: Bryan Bedder/DCP/Getty Images”)
Maybe LeVox can throw it to Carrie Underwood, who’ll also take part in that country rock tribute. Or to one of the night’s other performers, who include Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, and Earth, Wind & Fire in another tribute; Chris Brown, Lionel Richie, and Smokey Robinson, who’ll handle the tribute to great male R&B artists; and such performers as James Blunt, T.I., Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, the Dixie Chicks, Gnarls Barkley, John Legend, John Mayer, Corinne Bailey Rae, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Shakira and Wyclef Jean.
Which performance will you make a point not to miss?