WASHINGTON, January 26, 2014–Most televised awards shows are about as entertaining as watching paint dry. One exception to this rule is tonight’s Grammy Awards. The majority of the 82 Grammys are scheduled to be handed out this afternoon during a pre-telecast ceremony.
So instead of an endless procession of tedious acceptance speeches thanking people we have never heard of, tonight’s show will feel more like a concert featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Veteran rap star Jay Z leads the pack with nine nominations, and rumor has it that he and Beyoncé will perform together. Madonna is also scheduled to perform along with Gary Clark Jr., Hunter Hayes, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Metallic, Paul McCartney, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Pink, Nate Ruess of fun., Ringo Starr, Robin Thicke, Chicago, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
There is some speculation that the two surviving Beatles – who are both nominated for Grammys on the big night, will perform alongside Beyonce, Daft Punk and Lorde at the ceremony. This hasn’t been confirmed, but it would continue the Grammy Awards show’s recent trend of quirky collaborations that makes the show so much fun to watch.
The possibility of seeing Beyoncé and Madonna perform together is reason enough to tune in, but country music will not be without its own magical moments.
Tonight Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, three of the four members of the Country music supergroup “The Highwaymen” are also scheduled to perform.
Filling in for the forth member Johnny Cash, will be the always delightful Blake Shelton.
No one can fill the shoes of Johnny Cash, but Blake Shelton’s status as one of the most well liked and talented performers of Country music will make this one of the night’s most memorable collaborations.
Friday night on “Real Tine With Bill Maher,” Willie Nelson hinted that the four stars will perform “‘Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” If this is true, Johnny Cash may not be there to perform the timeless classic with his partners, but you can bet both Johnny and the love of his life June Carter will both be smiling down from heaven and singing along.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.