Black Keys, Fun., Mumford & Sons to Perform at Grammys
In a press release, The Recording Academy has officially announced the first batch of artists set to perform at this year’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards. The list includes first-time performers The Black Keys and Fun. as well as returning acts Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.
Fun. and Mumford & Sons serve as two of the year’s most nominated acts, with six nominations each. Having experienced a big breakout this year with their chart-topping single “We Are Young [featuring Janelle Monáe],” Fun. are up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (for “We Are Young”) as well as Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for their album Some Nights. The group also carries a Best New Artist nomination. Mumford & Sons’ nominations, meanwhile, include Album of the Year and Best Americana Album for their sophomore album, Babel. Their song “I Will Wait” scored nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Nominations for the song “Learn Me Right,” written for the Pixar film The Brave, and Best Long Form Music Video for Big Easy Express, a concert film/documentary detailing their tour with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, fills out their list of honors.
With two Grammys under their belt, alternative-rock duo The Black Keys stand strong with five nominations. Their album El Camino secured nominations for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. The album’s debut single “Lonely Boy” yielded Record Of The Year, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song nominations. Guitarist Dan Auerbach also earned a spot in the Producer of the Year Non Classical category.
Already Grammy veterans at this point, five-time winner Rihanna and six-time winner Taylor Swift both come to the ceremony with three nominations each. Rihanna earned noms for Best Pop Solo Performance (“Where Have You Been”), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Talk That Talk” [featuring Jay-Z]) and Best Short Form Music Video (“We Found Love”). Swift boasts a nomination for Record Of The Year (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”) while “Safe & Sound,” a collaboration with The Civil War and T. Bone Burnett for The Hunger Games soundtrack, landed her a Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media.
The ceremony is set to air Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS. Last year’s emcee LL Cool J will return to host music’s biggest night.
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