Written by Giavanna Foster
The Grammys is one of the most popular music shows seen around the world. It honors the achievements of recording artists from all genres. The first Grammy Awards ceremony took place on May 4, 1959. This year marks the 59th annual celebration of music’s biggest night. Here’s the scoop:
This year’s Grammys nominees list is filled with standouts who accomplished success in the music industry. With Lemonade, Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations. Rihanna, Drake, and Kanye West received 8 nominations apiece. Beyoncé’s “Formation” and Rihanna’s “Work” (featuring Drake) received nominations for record of the year. Drake’s “Hotline Bling” skyrocketed in popularity, and it now has over 1 billion YouTube views.
With Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper received 7 nominations. Coloring Book is the first streaming album to earn a top 10 Billboard 200 debut. “Juke Jam”, track 9, features Justin Bieber and Towkio. This tune creates nostalgia from an innocent relationship that didn’t last. Chance, Drake and Kanye received nominations in the best rap album category. Chance is nominated for the best new artist category. He joins recording artists Anderson .Paak, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, and the Chainsmokers.
On January 25, the Recording Academy tweeted to announce that Bruno Mars will be performing at the Grammys. “ Pop pop, it’s show time Four-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee @BrunoMars returns to the #GRAMMYs stage Feb. 12 ,” they tweeted. See the tweet below:
Bruno Mars, Adele, John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban will be performing at this year’s Grammys telecast. This year marks Adele’s fourth Grammys performance and Mars’ second performance. Mars is nominated as a producer for his work on Adele’s 25, which is also nominated. Bruno Mars and Adele co-wrote “All I Ask”.
With Storyteller, Carrie Underwood achieved multiple number-one single debuts. Storyteller has been certified platinum by the RIAA. Underwood is a seven-time Grammy winner with fifteen total nominations.
“Church Bells” and “Heartbeat” are Underwood’s back-to-back hits. Both landed the number one position on Billboard’s Country Airplay charts. Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells” is nominated for best country solo performance. It is the third track of Storyteller. To see Underwood’s performance of “Church Bells”, watch the following video:
Keith Urban’s Ripcord achieved impressive feats. Urban’s latest album scored two nominations. “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, track 7 of Ripcord, earned a nomination for the best country solo performance category. Ripcord also received a best country album nomination. It debuted at the number one position on Billboard’s country albums charts.
Urban also performed “Blue Ain’t Your Color” live at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. To see this performance, watch the following video:
This month, Keith Urban was interviewed by Billboard magazine. Billboard asked him what winning a Grammy would mean to him, as an artist. “It’s a euphoric feeling for me as an artist, to know how many records are made and how many records get narrowed down into that nomination category,” Urban says. “In a lot of ways, really, the first award is that nomination.” Earning recognition from the Grammys is a true honor. Urban is a four-time Grammy winner with eighteen total nominations.
The Recording Academy tweeted to announce that Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will be singing a duet at the Grammys. “Current
#GRAMMYs nominees @KeithUrban & @carrieunderwood will perform together on Music’s Biggest Night Feb. 12 #BelieveInMusic,” they tweeted.
John Legend played the role of Keith in La La Land. Legend’s song choice will be a surprise, as he will either perform “Love Me Now” or a song from La La Land. Below, John Legend sings “Start a Fire” in the official La La Land trailer:
The Grammy Awards will be hosted in Los Angeles’ Staples Center by James Corden. Tune in to CBS at 8 p.m. EST on February 12 to watch this year’s live telecast. If you’re in Hollywood, then the GRAMMYs will start at 5 p.m. PST. Find your time zone here.
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