There will be quite a few duets and musical collaborations at this year’s ’57th Annual Grammy Awards,’ CBS confirmed a few of them earlier this morning. In the past the Grammys have proven to be a popular event to showcase musical collaborations, universally known as “GRAMMY Moments.”
This year’s pairings include current nominees Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, a musical couple whose respective songbooks have entertained audiences for a combined 70-plus years; nominees Hozier and Annie Lennox; nominee Jessie J and vocal legend Tom Jones; and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine with singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani in a never-before-seen performance. They join previously announced performers AC/DC, Eric Church, Common with John Legend, Ariana Grande, Miranda Lambert, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Usher and Pharrell Williams. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award winner LL COOL J returns as host. The music industry’s premier event takes place Sunday, Feb. 8 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the CBS Television Network.
“Throughout the years, the GRAMMY Awards has paired musical icons with new, upcoming artists to give fans remarkable performances that can only be seen on our stage,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “This year is no different, and once again promises to bring together unique musical worlds in innovative ways that blend genres and create new artistic boundaries.”
“Musical collaborations have become a GRAMMY staple and the best part is that artists now suggest many of these duets themselves,” said Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. “I’m very excited about this year’s special segments and believe they’ll be talked about for a long time to come.”
Sixteen-time GRAMMY Award winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tony Bennett and five-time GRAMMY Award winner Lady Gaga are nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Cheek To Cheek. Hozier is up for Song Of The Year for “Take Me To Church.” Jessie J is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bang Bang” (with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj).
Four-time GRAMMY Award winner Annie Lennox is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Nostalgia.
THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers. LL COOL J is a producer.