Mick Jagger will make his first appearance on the Grammy stage on Feb. 13 when he performs as part of the annual In Memoriam segment. Jagger agreed to do the show to honor one of his idols, R&B singer Solomon Burke, who died on Oct. 10. Jagger will perform with soul singer Raphael Saadiq and his band.
Jagger has appeared on the Grammys only once before, and that was via satellite from London, in 1986, when the Rolling Stones were presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga, but it's a coup in terms of the Grammys' credibility. To understand why, you need to know a little history. The Grammys were resolutely anti-rock in the '60s and '70s, when the Stones were at their peak. The Stones weren't even nominated for a Grammy until 1978, when Some Girls was a finalist for Album of the Year. The band didn't win a Grammy until 1994, when Voodoo Lounge was voted Best Rock Album and "Love Is Strong," a track from the album, took Best Music Video, Short Form. Eric Clapton). "I'd like to say thank you to all the people that have stuck by this band through thick and thin. And to all the people that took the piss, the joke's on you," Jagger said.
Since then, the Grammys have largely shed the anti-rock sensibility that long undermined their credibility. U2 has won twice for Album of the Year. Since 1990, Eric Clapton, Alanis Morissette, Bob Dylan and Santana have also taken the prize.
Other artists who will be performing on the Grammys for the first time include Muse, who are the front-runners to win for Best Rock Album; Arcade Fire, who are the front-runners to win for Best Alternative Music Album; Miranda Lambert, who is in a tight race with Lady Antebellum for Best Country Album; and Janelle Monae, who is a tight race with Usher for Best Contemporary R&B Album. (Monae will be performing in a joint appearance with fellow first-timers B.o.B and Bruno Mars.)
Other performers on the show include Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, as well as these pairings: Drake and Rihanna; Justin Bieber and Usher with Jaden Smith; and Cee Lo Green with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets.Norah Jones, the red-hot Nicki Minaj, teen star Selena Gomez, rapper (and two-time host of the annual Grammy nominations special) LL Cool J, and country stars Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley.
Crystal Ball: My Grammy predictions are up for The Big Categories (here's a link), as well as all the categories in the pop, rock, R&B, rap and country fields. I hope I help you win your office Grammy pool.
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