I don't think it's snowing for the Grammys - BUT - we're getting lots of it tonight! First, let's talk Grammys - here's what we can expect (coutesty of ABCEPrep)
If you're going to tune in to any part of the Grammy Awards telecast Sunday on CBS starting at 8pm the first few minutes seem like they'll be pretty entertaining. Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the awards said that Taylor Swift's big opening number will be quite the
"What's really great about Taylor is that as she's grown over the past several years, she's become much more interested and much more aware of wanting to do bigger and bigger productions," says Ehrlich. "So, she's got both stages of our double stage going, and she's got a stage full of people." He adds, "It's probably the biggest production element in the show and it's gonna be very
exciting, and it's great to see her continue to grow to this level."
Aside from solo performances like Taylor's, fans will also see unique musical collaborations, like Maroon 5 singing with Alicia
Keys, Bruno Mars teaming up with both Sting and Rihanna and Ed
Sheeran duetting with Elton John.
"People now come to expect that from our show," says Ehrlich of these "Grammy Moments." "And artists now are very open and receptive about doing it, because they really look at it as an opportunity. It's not something that they can necessarily do on other shows, that say to them, 'OK. Just come on and do [your]
In the case of Alicia and Maroon 5, Ehrlich says he decided to put them
together because he thought their current singles -- "Girl on Fire" and
"Daylight" -- sounded like the same song.
"When I listened to them, there was this incredible commonality that, to a point where, when I mashed 'em up and played 'em together just to kind of see how it felt, there were a couple of places where I wasn't sure which song I was listening to," he explains.
Ehrlich's also excited about the return to the Grammy stage of Justin
Timberlake, who he says "saved our lives" back in 2009 by performing an extra number to fill a hole in the broadcast -- a hole which Ehrlich notes was caused by "that little drop-out with Chris Brown and Rihanna." You may recall that both artists, then a couple, pulled out of the show at the last minute after he assaulted her. "We've missed him," says Ehrlich of Justin.
While acknowledging that staging a telecast of more than three hours, with 19 musical performances, awards being handed out and huge egos everywhere, is "incredibly difficult to do logistically, the
human part of it -- the talent booking, the creative part of it, the music that's created by our artists -- you know, that's the joy of it. "
"What you can expect is three-and-a-half hours of things that you probably won't see anywhere else."
Bruce Springsteen is being honored tonight (also courtesy of ABCEPrep)
In addition to those artists, Bruce also will get the tribute treatment from Neil Young, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, soul legend Mavis Staples, R&B singer John Legend and country stars Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown and Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, a huge fan of The Boss, will host the event, which takes place two days before the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony.
Proceeds from the MusiCares gala, which celebrates not only Bruce's artistic achievements but also his charity work, will go to help musicians and those in the music industry who need financial, medical or personal help.
And now in our world! SNOW - heavy snow tonight into tomorrow - keep up to date here