Lil Wayne, Coldplay, JoBros confirmed for Grammy Awards
Lil Wayne and Coldplay are competing for album of the year, and the Jonas Brothers are in the running for best new artist. Both Coldplay and Lil Wayne are part of this year's Grammy ad campaign, and it's the norm for all artists nominated for album of the year to perform on the live telecast. Others nominated for album of the year include Radiohead, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant and Ne-Yo, although none have yet been announced as performers.
It also shouldn't come as a surprise that Lil Wayne, Coldplay and the JoBros have signed on, as all three were on the award show circuit in 2008. Lil Wayne went so far as to appear at the Country Music Assn. Awards, where he waved a guitar onstage with Kid Rock, and Coldplay appeared at everything from the American Music Awards to the MTV Movie Awards. The JoBros also appeared at the AMAs, as well as the MTV Video Music Awards.
And speaking of the JoBros, the teen pop superstars should be considered this year's front-runner for best new artist. Aside from showing a bit of goodwill by donating a chunk of cash to the Grammy Museum, the kids are staying in the headlines as Grammy voting comes to a close this week. The boys were recently announced as performers at Monday night's Disney's Kids' Inaugural concert to honor military families, which will be hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President-elect Joe Biden.
Also of note: The Recording Academy has fully embraced the social networking world. Today's announcement is the second Grammy tidbit that the group has unveiled via Twitter.
Lil Wayne has a field-leading eight Grammy nominations, and Coldplay collected seven Grammy nods.
-- Todd Martens
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