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posted Friday, February 10, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 06
GRAMMYS 2017:

Adele, Lady GaGa, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, Lovato and more to perform on 'Music's Biggest Night'
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GRAMMYS 2017:

Adele, Lady GaGa, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, Lovato and more to perform on 'Music's Biggest Night'

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

59TH GRAMMY AWARDS
CBS - 5PM PST (8PM EST)
February 12


There are two reasons I'm hatin' on the Grammys this year. First, no major nominations for David Bowie, whose Blackstar album deserved more than a bone tossing, nabbing just a few nods in lower brow categories. Not only is the rock icon missing from the top album category, but NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) voters opted to include mediocre material, such as Justin Bieber's Purpose, instead. Second, it irks me that an awards show features performances by artists who aren't even nominated. No disrepect to Lady GaGa, Metallica and Bruno Mars, but neither is up for any gramophones this year. Furthermore, several of this year's nominees are performing a medley of Bee Gees songs, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, rather than singing their own nominated tracks.

The Grammy Awards have sadly become a three-hour concert to draw in viewers, no longer celebrating the best recordings of the past year. They've also become somewhat irrelevant, losing street cred for not embracing innovating styles of music, such as rap, EDM and alternative rock. In fact, Bieber, Drake, Kanye West and Frank Ocean are rumored to be skipping Sunday's ceremony in protest of the award show's lack of relevance. Ocean didn't even submit his album Blonde for consideration.

Speaking of Lady GaGa and Metallica, they're teaming up for a duet that is either going to be stellar or a trainwreck - can't wait to find out. Adele, Demi Lovato, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Andra Day, Little Big Town, Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Keith Urban and The Weeknd with Daft Punk, yet two more artists not nominated, are some of the acts that will perform on the main telecast. There's still no word on whether multiple nominee Beyonce, who announced last week that she's pregnant with twins, will perform or attend the event.

The 59th Grammy Awards will be televised on February 12 (check local listings for start time) on CBS. A pre-telecast ceremony, where the vast amount of awards in 84 categories will be given out, will be live streamed on grammy.com early in the afternoon, hosted by nominee and LGBT favorite Margaret Cho.

Here's my take on ten Grammy races this year:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR nominees: 25 - Adele; Lemonade - Beyonce; Purpose - Justin Bieber; Views - Drake; A Sailer's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson

Should/Will Win: Lemonade
Queen Bey's eclectic batch of songs on Lemonade, which dared to be different and thus became her boldest record yet, clearly out-distances everybody in this field. She's lost this award twice to Taylor Swift, and unless Adele can pull an upset, this is Beyonce's to lose.

RECORD OF THE YEAR nominees: 'Hello' - Adele; 'Formation' - Beyonce; '7 Years' - Lukas Graham; 'Work' - Rihanna (featuring Drake); 'Stressed Out' - Twenty One Pilots

Should Win: 'Hello'
Adele's mega hit is one of her finest, a gorgeously sung ballad that pulls heavy at the heartstrings.

Will Win: 'Formation'
I hope that I'm wrong in saying Graham could pull off a big surprise here, especially if Grammy voters are split between a more traditional pick (Adele) and an ultra modern choice (Beyonce). I'll take my chances with 'Formation.'

SONG OF THE YEAR nominees: 'Formation' - Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyonce Knowles and Michael L. Williams II (songwriters); 'Hello' - Adele Adkins and Greg Kurstin (songwriters); 'I Took a Pill in Ibiza' - Mike Posner (songwriter); 'Love Yourself' - Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin and Ed Sheeran (songwriters); '7 Years' - Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard and Morten Ristorp (songwriters)

Should/Will Win: 'Hello'
A Beyonce sweep is certainly possible, but I think there's too much love for Adele to deny her a major award. Plus, 'Hello' is simply a better-written song.

BEST NEW ARTIST nominees: Kelsea Ballerini; The Chainsmokers; Chance the Rapper; Maren Morris; Anderson .Paak

Should/Will Win: While I think Chance the Rapper put out a better album last year than everyone combined in this category, the depth of Anderson .Paak's talent and superstar potential can't be ignored.

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM nominees: 25 - Adele; Purpose - Justin Beiber; Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande; Confident - Demi Lovato; This is Acting - Sia

Should Win: This is Acting
It's a mystery and a shame that Sia was omitted in the Album of the Year race for her impressive seventh studio record, which featured the international smash 'Cheap Thrills.'

Will Win: 25
Not even close. Adele will definitely be going home with this one.

BEST DANCE RECORDING nominees: 'Tearing Me Up' - Bob Moses; 'Don't Let Me Down' - The Chainsmokers (featuring Daya); 'Never Be Like You' - Flume (featuring Kai); 'Rinse & Repeat' - Riton (featuring Kah-lo); 'Drinkee' - Sofi Tukker

Should Win: 'Rinse & Repeat'
I love the pace and repetitive verse of this song, though it's a longshot for the award.

Will Win: 'Don't Let Me Down'
I'm a Chainsmokers fan, but I would've preferred 'Closer' in this category instead. The duo is guaranteed a win here, considering they're nominated for Best New Artist.

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM nominees: 22, A Million - Bon Iver; Blackstar - David Bowie; The Hope Six Demolition Project - PJ Harvey; Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop; A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead

Should/Will Win: There was no better album released during the eligibility period than Blackstar and in a landslide it will deservedly prevail against a stellar pack of nominees.

BEST RAP ALBUM nominees: Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper; And the Anonymous Nobody - De La Soul; Major Key - DJ Khaled; Views - Drake; Blank Face LP - Schoolboy Q; The Life of Pablo - Kanye West

Should Win: The Life of Pablo
I won't complain if Chance the Rapper gets it, or Drake, but The Life of Pablo was outstanding work from West and a more creative project than the other nominated albums.

Will Win: Views
This is one of the toughest categories going into Sunday evening and common sense would say to place your bet on whoever is nominated for Album of the Year, which is Drake. Although, it's happened in recent years that albums which lost in their genres mysteriously went on to capture the top prize: The Suburbs by Arcade Fire lost the Best Alternative Music Album award to Brothers by The Black Keys in 2011, but then won AOTY, and Babel by Mumford and Sons lost to Slipstream by Bonnie Raitt for Best Americana Album, but then won AOTY. So, don't be surprised if West takes it, or De La Soul, who is performing on the telecast.

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM nominees: Big Day in a Small Town - Brandy Clark; Full Circle - Loretta Lynn; Hero - Maren Morris; A Sailor's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson; Ripcord - Keith Urban

Should Win: Full Circle
At 84, Lynn is producing the kind of country music that her peers could only hope to make.

Will Win: A Sailor's Guide to Earth
Grammy voters are smitten with Urban and they often side with legends like the iconic Loretta Lynn, but I'm going with Simpson here since he's up for Album of the Year.

BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA nominees: 'Can't Stop the Feeling' (from Trolls); 'Heathens' (from Suicide Squad); 'Just Like Fire' (from Alice Through the Looking Glass); 'Purple Lamborghini' (from Suicide Squad); 'Try Everything' (from Zootopia); 'The Veil' (from Snowden)

Should Win: 'Can't Stop the Feeling'
Justin Timberlake's fun, uptempo Oscar-nominated number gets my vote, just barely over Peter Gabriel's mesmerizing track from the biographical film centered around Edward Snowden.

Will Win: 'Purple Lamborghini'
The Grammys adore Skrillex, and I'm not really sure why, but they do. So I'm predicting another win for him and his two co-songwriters, although Timberlake or Gabriel could each gather enough votes to get called to the podium.

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Adele, Lady GaGa, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, Lovato and more to perform on 'Music's Biggest Night'

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