The Beach Boys to Duet With Foster the People and Maroon 5 at Grammy Awards
The Beach Boys' Grammy performance has long been confirmed, but details on what to expect from their reunion were not divulged until recently. On Wednesday, February 8, it's officially announced that Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks would be joined by Foster the People and Maroon 5 for a special joint performance.
In addition to adding the "Pumped Up Kicks" group and the "Moves Like Jagger" band, the Grammys has also thrown The Civil Wars, Diana Krall, Maceo Parker, and Joe Walsh into its performer lineup for the upcoming 54th annual celebration. The likes of Common, Taraji P. Henson, Reba McEntire and Diana Ross are confirmed as newly-signed presenters.
2012 Grammys will also be made merry by Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Adele, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Tony Bennett, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, David Guetta and Carrie Underwood.
LL Cool J is tapped as a host, Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt will pay homage to Etta James, while Drake, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Jack Black, Stacy Ferguson (Fergie), Marc Anthony, Lady Antebellum, Ryan Seacrest, Ringo Starr and Questlove are appointed as presenters.
The star-studded ceremony, however, will have to face protest from angry musicians who got axed from its nomination list due to the trimmed and reduced categories. The demonstration is set to be held on Sunday, February 12 outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the awards show is going to take place.
The protesters will later hold their own concert at a Los Angeles nightclub, with performers including John Santos, Bobby Matos, and two-time Grammy winner Oscar Hernandez. "We are holding this concert to remind music fans about all the great music that has been eliminated from the Grammys. To paraphrase what Frank Sinatra said at the first Grammy Awards in 1959, 'Remember, the awards are about excellence, not popularity'," Matos said.
Another act who slammed the Grammys was Bon Iver. The Justin Vernon-fronted band turned down the offer to sing at the prestigious event because they were told that they couldn't play their own music. "We had to do a collaboration with someone else," Justin opened up. "We're getting nominated for this record that we made ... and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that."
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