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Let's not overbook the Grammy Awards with too many performances

By Tim O'Brien
Posted Jan 24, 2013 in Entertainment
It isn't fair that The Grammys sometimes get pushed aside as the Super Bowl and Oscars take over February, but it happens.
The odd thing about award shows is the timing of their press releases. OK, not odd, but rather calculated. Instead of putting out the entire list of presenters in one, they spread it out so they can get the most public relations and headlines they can. That is the way to do it. To be fair, many presenters and performers have to move their schedules around, so it is not easy.
When things are booked, a performer has no idea if they would be nominated and available on the date. On the other hand, their agents know when the big awards are and can plan accordingly. To be on that stage is like money in the bank. If offered, make room, unless it cannot be avoided. Or be like Woody Allen, simply boycott and play a club on the night of your industry's big night.
The Grammys were a hit last year and that means they will try to keep the momentum this time around. The sad sidebar to last year's popularity was the sudden death of Whitney Houston. She died the night before and that helped fueled renewed interest in the show.
Performances are often the key for this show, since it is music. It is not a movie award show where musical segments can ruin a show, or slow it down even more. No, this is music's biggest night. However, music award shows often seems like an airline. Huh? Overbooking can be a problem.
With the recent Beyonce fiasco (which happens more than we think) at the inauguration, the performers will surely try to avoid lip-syncing at the Grammys, right? Or will those sometimes unnecessary dance moves and overproduction take over?
That also makes one wonder how she will tackle the Super Bowl Half time show. Yes, it stars Beyonce and her show is loaded with overproduction and that stage is the biggest of them all - as far as eyes on you. Will is also affect Alicia Keys as she sings the National Anthem. Remember, the famous Whitney Houston anthem before the game was, well, lip-synced. OK, we hear the recorded track and she sings along, lipping it.
Some of the acts just announced for the Feb. 10 show are the Lumineers, Carrie Underwood and Jack White.
Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will team up for a special performance. Elton John and Ed Sheeran will perform live together for the first time, a press release noted.
Now, previously announced performers include The Black Keys, FUN., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.
L.L. Cool J returns as host of Music's Biggest Night®. See, it is their biggest night as they have it trademarked. It will air live on CBS from The Staples Center in Los Angeles Feb. 10, but delayed in the Pacific Time Zone.
As it is going on live, the city of Los Angeles will get it on delay. Now that makes sense? Let's hope those who need to know, will be there, or on Twitter - or talking to those out East and Midwest.

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