By Emily Keahey
Music’s biggest night is around the corner, as artists prepare to come together and make magic at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. Set for Jan. 31 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, it has a lineup of stars as far reaching as its influence on the music industry.
In a live concert hosted by LL Cool J on Dec. 2, nominations for the ceremony were announced, which range from genre-specific awards like best country song to the all-inclusive ones like record and song of the year.
Beyoncé led the list for the most nominations with 10, including album
of the year for her CD, I Am … Sasha Fierce, song of the year for, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” and record of the year for “Halo,” as well as many
Taylor Swift follows closely in second place with eight nominations which includes “White Horse” for best country song and her CD Fearless for best album .
Coincidentally, Beyoncé and Swift are nominated in four of the same categories; hopefully, there will not be a repeat of the VMA scandal. Other nominees include The Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell and Kanye West, each with six nominations.
All five album of the year nominees are scheduled to perform, which includes 10-time Grammy winner Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas,
Lady Gaga and The Dave Matthews Band. Along with those headliners, The Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Green Day announced they would perform as well.
A special show is planned by Bon Jovi; he is letting fans decide which song his band will perform. To vote in the “You Pick It, They Play It” special,
log onto www.cbs.com/grammys.
The Grammys are the only awards based solely on artistic achievement and
presented by their peers. Not only do the majority of performers present as well, but other icons such as actress Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Ke$ha, actor Josh Duhamel and new pop/R&B sensation Justin Bieber will be presenting.
The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys, revealed a new innovative advertising campaign entitled “We’re All Fans.”
It shows the unparalleled impact that fans have had on music in the digital
age. The portraits of the Grammy nominees are made exclusively of real-time, fan generated YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr posts, which make a “live” portrait of the artist.
To see who goes home with the gold, tune in to watch the live broadcast from CBS at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time.