A dozen Grammy performances to make their way to iTunes
With only 10 awards given out on its 3½-hour telecast, it's hard to deny that the Grammys are all about the live performance. This year, the Recording Academy and iTunes will attempt to turn the telecast's one-of-a-kind artist pairings and theatrical productions into keepsakes.
About a dozen live clips will be available for purchase via the digital retailer later Tuesday or early Tuesday evening, including performances from Bon Jovi, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga & Elton John, the Zac Brown Band and the Dave Matthews Band, among others. Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" will also make its way to the e-tailer, but only the audio, according to a Recording Academy spokeswoman.
It's the boldest step yet for the Grammys in terms of monetizing the live performances. It should be noted, however, that all proceeds from Mary J. Blige's duet with Andrea Bocelli on "Bridge Over Troubled Water" will go to Haiti relief efforts. At the time of this writing, only the Lady Gaga clip is searchable, and it can be purchased for $1.99.
Last year, only four clips were made available post-show on iTunes, and Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow spoke to Pop & Hiss about the difficulty in getting the clips online. Since most Grammy performances are pairings with multiple artists, Portnow noted that getting full clearances and sign-offs can pose a challenge.
Noticeably missing from the list of performances that will be made available is Taylor Swift's. The country star won Grammy's top prize -- album of the year -- and her duet with Stevie Nicks was one of the more discussed performances of the night, with many a critic taking the young star to task for failing to hold her own with the music legend.
After the jump, the full list of Grammy performances that will make their way to iTunes.
-- Todd Martens
Grammy performances from the following artists will be available Tuesday on iTunes:
The Black Eyed Peas
Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
Mary J. Blige & Andrea Bocelli
The Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum (audio only)
Maxwell & Roberta Flack
The Dave Matthews Band
Lady Gaga & Elton John
Photo: Green Day at the Grammys. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times