Grammy hearts John Mayer: Singer gets post-nomination concert
Over the last few decades, a few certainties have emerged in the world of Grammy. Put the following names on a record, and the nominations will follow: Sting and/or John Mayer.
This year, the Recording Academy will go one step further, letting Mayer perform a 60-minute concert immediately after the Dec. 3 CBS special, "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night." The Mayer concert will not be televised, but it is open to the public, and tickets are still available, according to a quick Ticketmaster search.
On Monday, Pop & Hiss began its Grammy countdown, and noted that Mayer's live album, "Where the Light Is," is likely to garner a few nominations. Mayer has five Grammy wins to his name, one for song of the year for "Daughters," and the rest coming in the male pop vocal categories. That's likely where "Where the Light Is" will fall, although it may have been submitted for the rock categories.
Mayer will be among the artists performing on the CBS special, which will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, and air live for East Coast viewers at 9 p.m. Also performing will be Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Céline Dion, Mariah Carey, B.B. King and the Foo Fighters. This will mark the first time the Grammy nominations will be announced in prime time, and the event will also herald the opening of the Grammy Museum, set for Dec. 6.
Following the nominations, a separate concert will be staged next door at Club Nokia, featuring original members of funk/R&B group the Time, who performed on this year's Grammy telecast with Rihanna.
Can't get enough Mayer? He'll make another appearance at the Nokia Theatre on Dec. 6.
-- Todd Martens
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