Maxwell gets post-Grammy nomination concert
R&B singer Maxwell will perform a concert at downtown's Club Nokia on Dec. 2 after the venue plays host to the unveiling of the nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. The Maxwell appearance will be open to the public, and proceeds will benefit the next-door Grammy Museum, which will celebrate its first anniversary Dec. 6.
Maxwell will earlier appear on the live CBS broadcast to announce the 2010 Grammy slate, "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night.” The latter, which will be tape-delayed for SoCal viewers but air live on the East Coast at 9 p.m., will also feature live performances from Nick Jonas and the Administration, the Black Eyed Peas and Sugarland.
In a switch from last year, however, when the contenders were announced at the larger Nokia Theatre, the Grammy nomination prime-time special will not be open to the public.
Tickets to the post-nomination Maxwell concert are currently on sale via Ticketmaster for $35, not including surcharges. The Grammys are set for Jan. 31 at Staples Center across the street from Club Nokia.
Maxwell's 2009 effort, "BLACKsummers'night," is a good bet for a number of major Grammy nominations, including a potential album of the year nod. The album received four stars from the Los Angeles Times' Ann Powers, and its lead single, "Pretty Wings," is on the Grammy ballots for record and song of the year.
-- Todd Martens