GRAMMY PRESENTERS INCLUDE JOHN MAYER, MEGHAN TRAINOR, ALESSIA CARA & MORE – (02/08/2019)
An eclectic all-star lineup of artists, musicians, actors and comedians will take the stage as presenters at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
This year’s presenters include current Grammy nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs and Charlie Wilson; Grammy winners Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Swizz Beatz and Meghan Trainor; recording artist Kane Brown, South Korean pop sensation BTS, past Grammy nominee Cedric The Entertainer, actress Nina Dobrev, actress Anna Kendrick, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and actor Wilmer Valderrama.
They join Grammy performers, featuring current nominees Chloe x Halle, Grammy winner Lady Gaga, Grammy winner Mark Ronson and Grammy nominee Travis Scott. Current nominee Dua Lipa will also perform with Grammy winner St. Vincent. And Grammy winners Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and past Grammy nominee Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin.
They all join previously announced performers J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, Arturo Sandoval, and Young Thug.
The Grammys will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday night on CBS, hosted by Alicia Keys.
ALICIA KEYS SINGS A ‘SHALLOW’ PARODY ABOUT HOSTING THE GRAMMYS – (02/08/2019)
Alicia Keys will be hosting the Grammys this weekend and she got some advice from former host James Corden – all to the tune of nominated song “Shallow” from A Star Is Born.
Keys performed a funny, yet touching, parody of the hit song during an appearance on The Late Late Show on Wednesday.
“Tell me something Keys, I hear you’re set to host this year’s Grammys,” James starts off the song. She replies in song, “Didn’t you host it twice? Maybe you could give me some advice.”
As Corden tried to offer her advice, Keys belted out, “You know I’ve won 15 times?” She then sang a bar from her hit song, “Girl on Fire.”
She also referenced rapper Cardi B, singing, “Hanging with Cardi at the after-party how does she make that sound?” After Corden tries to mimic Cardi’s iconic sound, she closes out the song singing in tandem with Corden.
Meanwhile, Alicia proved she is just as human as the rest of us. During the interview segment of the show, James told the Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, native that he figured she had been “cool from birth.”
She laughingly replied, “Yea, let’s say that.” When James questioned her tone, Alicia told him about running into cement walls as a child and knocking herself out.
She explained: [“I did, you know, always happen to run into a big cement block and pass out. Somehow I would find these cement walls and I’d be like running playing tag and I wouldn’t see them and by the time I turned around, there would be my head into this cement wall and the next thing I know I was waking up so I don’t know if that is cool or clumsy.”] James said he was sure she did it in a cool way.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards air Sunday on CBS
ARIANA GRANDE SLAMS GRAMMYS PRODUCER – (02/08/2019)
Ariana Grande is speaking out to explain why she won’t be performing at the 2019 Grammy Awards this weekend.
The 25-year-old singer, who is nominated for two awards, was asked to perform at the event and she couldn’t come to an agreement with producers over what songs would be performed. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said in an interview that Ariana “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.”
Ariana took to Twitter to respond, writing: “i’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me. i can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. it was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more. 🖤”
Variety reported producers refused to allow Grande to perform her new thank u, next single “7 rings” during the show. When producers allegedly offered a compromise where she’d perform the song as part of a medley, but insisted that they choose the second song, she reportedly backed out.
Ariana now states that she offered three different songs and was shot down. “i offered 3 different songs. it’s about collaboration. it’s about feeling supported. it’s about art and honesty. not politics. not doing favors or playing games. it’s just a game y’all.. and i’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me,” she continued.
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