Sunday night is American Grammy Awards night (8 p.m., CBS) which not only means plenty of wild outfits and sky-high egos, but also some of the most unpredictable and entertaining live-music duets and performances on TV.
Remember Beyonce and Prince’s “Purple Rain” medley in 2004? Or pregnant rapper M.I.A. performing “Swagga Like Us” with Rap Packers Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and T.I. in 2009?
Of course, it won’t be a Grammy show without Elton John and … Eminem (in 2001)…. Lady Gaga (2010). And 2013? This year, he’s going all out with two numbers.
First, he’ll join a supergroup tribute featuring country’s Zac Brown, the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Mumford, Mavis Staples and T-Bone Burnett to late Band drummer Levon Helm, who passed away in April. Then Elton will tickle the ivories with red-headed “Song of the Year” nominee Ed Sheeran (“The A Team”).
Still feeling meh? Well, how about …
- Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys
- Miguel with Wiz Khalifa
- Country’s Miranda Lambert jamming with Dierks Bentley
- Pop’s Rihanna crooning with Sting and Bruno Mars
- And Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker rocking out with Grammy host LL Cool J, Public Enemy leader Chuck D, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and DJ Z-Trip
We didn’t even mention Justin Timberlake singing his new single, “Suit & Tie,” Fun., Taylor Swift, Jack White, the Black Keys, Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, and the Grammy debut of Album and Record of the Year nominee Frank Ocean.
If you’re like us, you’ll be watching with one eye on the TV and the other on your laptop or tablet, because music awards are more fun when they’re social. Log into MyMusicCloud and use our cloud-based music delivery service to grab a song you like and snip it for your mobile phone ringtone, or click “Share” to alert your Facebook pals to tunes you dig from the show.
Here’s hoping the lights don’t go out.