Grammys embracing Nick Jonas' solo project
Without a hit or even an album, Nick Jonas is getting a prime-time, Grammy-endorsed unveiling for his new band, Nick Jonas and the Administration. Though it won't be nominated for an award at the 2010 edition of the gala, the solo outing from Nick has been added to the Recording Academy's Dec. 2 CBS special, "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night," in which the 2010 Grammy noms will be revealed.
The teenager will join previously announced performers the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell and Sugarland at the taping. The event will be held at downtown's Club Nokia, and will air live (tape-delayed for SoCal viewers) at 9 p.m. EST. Rapper LL Cool J will host the televised press-conference-turned-concert for the second year running.
Nick may be going it alone, but Kevin and Joe won't be completely left out of the taping. The latter two will introduce Nick Jonas and the Administration.
Nick earlier described the project on the Jonas Brothers' MySpace page, making it clear that he was not calling it quits on his day job. "We’ve said from the beginning of our career as the Jonas Brothers that anything we do outside of the group is a side project, because you can’t break up brothers," read an update from Nick.
He said that Nick Jonas and the Administration is a four-piece, and that they have recorded in Nashville. However, he didn't really offer any details as to what the project would sound like, unless one reads into his Hallmark-like sentiments. "If I was to describe the sound to someone… I would say it's 'heart & soul,' because the music that I make is from my heart, and the lyrics I write are from my soul," read the message signed by Nick on MySpace.
The Jonas Brothers are undisputed FOGs (Friends of the Grammys). The act was nominated for best new artist last year, and performed on the telecast with Stevie Wonder. Additionally, the Jonas Brothers have been active in downtown's Grammy Museum, and cut the instituion a $75,000 check last year.
Nick Jonas and the Administration will release their debut effort in February.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Nick, from left, Joe and Kevin Jonas. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angels Times