With the 55th Annual Grammy Awards about a month away, the Recording Academy announced the show’s crop of performers on Wednesday morning. Among those taking the stage on February 10: The Black Keys, fun., Mumford and Sons, Rihanna and Taylor Swift. There aren’t many head-scratchers here, as the confirmed acts are among the most highly nominated artists this year– fun. and Mumford and Sons lead all eligible names with six nods each–and personalities like Taylor and RiRi are highly coveted in prime-time events given the amount of pre-show buzz they can stir up with a single tweet or sad photo opp.
Leave room for a surprise amalgam of celebs who seemingly have no correlation with one another (remember Chris Brown, Deadmau5 and the Foo Fighters in 2012?) and/or an additional performance from Bruce Springsteen or Paul McCartney who have basically become the Grand Marshals of this stuff these days. For those who only tune in for the canned banter between awards, LL Cool J will return as host, but hopefully this time his schtick will not include beat-boxing with a woefully incompetent sidekick. Sorry, Taylor!
More problematic than T-Swizzle delusions of hip-hop grandeur? Radar Online is reporting that Chris Brown wants to perform with Rihanna on Music’s Biggest Night, to cement whatever their rekindled love slash trolling adds up to these days. Recall that Grammy weekend four years ago is when Brown brutally beat his then-girlfriend and introduced himself to the world as a violent and unpredictable sociopath; that’s certainly one way to celebrate an anniversary. “Chris doesn’t care what the haters say, and wants to give the viewers an over the top performance with Rihanna,” a source tells Radar. “He wants the fans to know this is the real deal, and he is a changed man.”
The two have teamed up before, most recently on Rihanna’s Unapologetic, and she does thrive alongside a guest or two during live performances. Considering her last public collaborator took a piece of Ri with him, we can see Breezy wanting to reclaim his “territory” and show the world just how many f-words he has to give for once and for all. Deep breaths. Or maybe they just really love “Nobodies Business”? We…do (begrudgingly), even if it complicates things. Of course this could all be speculation, as we posed a similar question before last fall’s MTV Video Music Awards. You never know with these two, but it’s probably a good idea to assume the face-palm position just in case.