Considering there are a total of 81 categories at the Grammy Awards and only a small fraction of those actually get handed out during the telecast, the main events of any given Grammy show are the performances. What other reason did anybody have to tune into last year’s show other than to watch Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston and Nicki Minaj’s British-accented exorcism?
This year’s batch of performers is starting to build, and it begins with some massive acts. Rihanna, Taylor Swift, fun., Mumford & Sons, and the Black Keys have all been confirmed to perform live at the 55th Grammy Awards, which will take place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Mumford, fun., and the Black Keys are among the most nominated artists at this year’s show (Mumford and fun. each have six, while the Black Keys have five plus one more Producer of the Year nod for Dan Auerbach). Rihanna and Taylor will walk into the building with three nominations each, though Swift likely would have collected more had her latest album Red come out in time for consideration (pencil her in for at least a half-dozen noms in 2014).
Now that we know some of the people who will definitely be performing, the speculation can begin about what those artists will perform and who they might invite along. Mumford & Sons were a part of an all-star jam with Bob Dylan a couple of years back, so it’ll be interesting if they command the stage themselves or try to mix it up again. Swift is always an attractive duet partner for a classic rock type, though considering her interest in the wubba-wubba of dubstep, maybe she’ll just invite Skrillex to the party. Most intriguingly, there’s already a rumor circulating that Chris Brown wants to duet with Rihanna at the show (and considering their Unapologetic team-up “Nobody’s Business” seems destined for single status, it would make a certain amount of commercial sense). Still, considering the Grammys are so tied into Brown’s assault on Rihanna back in 2009 (the attack occurred the night before the show that year), it would seem particularly craven to put that duo on stage together (though it would undoubtedly make Twitter eat itself).
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the Grammy Awards in a few weeks? Who would you like to see added to the list of performers? Let us know in the comments.