Grammys 2012: Katy Perry added to Grammys, McCartney gala
When it comes to the Grammys, pop star Katy Perry has strutted around a stage outfitted with giant fruit, while last year, she took a more solitary and serious route, albeit on a glittery swing for a medley that included "Not Like the Movies." The artist of extremes is back for the 2012 ceremony, with a record of the year nomination for "Firework," but perhaps Grammy producers have some surprises up their sleeves too.
Not only is Perry performing during the Feb. 12 awards show telecast, but she's also been added to the impressive roster of artists who will pay tribute to Beatle Paul McCartney on Feb. 10 at the MusiCares Person of the Year Ceremony.
MusiCares represents the charitable art of the Record Academy, and the sold-out gala will also feature Tony Bennett, Coldplay, the Foo Fighters, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Duane Eddy, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Neil Young with Crazy Horse and Sergio Mendes. Whew.
McCartney will perform at both the MusiCares dinner and the Grammys. No doubt there will be some overlap between those paying respects to the legend on Feb. 10 and those performing with the Beatle on Feb. 12.
Previously announced performers for the Grammy Awards include Jason Aldean; Kelly Clarkson; Glen Campbell with the Band Perry and Blake Shelton; Coldplay with Rihanna; the Foo Fighters; Bruno Mars; McCartney; Nicki Minaj; and Taylor Swift. And Wednesday, the Recording Academy revealed that British soul star Adele would be making her first live appearance in nearly five months at the Grammy Awards.
The Grammys are determined by about 13,000 voting members. The eligibility period for nominated recordings was Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011. The awards will be televised on CBS-TV from Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live except for viewers on the West Coast.
-- Todd Martens
Image: Katy Perry in 2010. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times