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Grammy’s Morphs Into Duets

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett


When did the Grammy’s become a live version of “Duets’ or “Partner”? Or some stupid concept where two A Listers sing together and change the world. I don’t know but it is pathetic and need to stop. It is one thing for Springsteen, Costello and (whoops, you forgot he was there didn’t you) Grohl tributing the recently passed Strummer with “London Calling”, something else indeed for Jessie J and Tom Jones coming together to scare the cats.

How did this happen AGAIN. First the Grammys were cool, then they missed the bus on rock and roll and missed it again with the British invasion, and then, sometime in the 1990s, about the time Dylan received the lifetime achievement award, they got cool, up till the moment they realized duets would give them cachet and now… well here is  this years thrills (via Gigwise) and excuse me if I wonder if they will ever get cool again:

This year’s Grammy Awards will feature duets from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, Annie Lennox and Hozier, Jessie J and Tom Jones.

The collaborative performances will take place during the Los Angeles awards show on 8 February.

Gaga and Bennett’s duet album, Cheek To Cheek, is nominrated for best traditional pop vocal album, while Stefani and Levine collaborated on the Maroon 5 song ‘My Heart Is Open’.

Jessie J and Tom Jones have never recorded together, but they have performed alongside one another several times when they were judges (sorry, coaches) on The Voice UK. As for Hozier and Annie Lennox, there’s not much precedent for that, but we’re very excited about it.

Other performers announced so far for this year’s Grammys ceremony include Pharrell, Sam Smith, Madonna, AC/DC, Ariana Grande, and Ed Sheeran.

Hozier’s self-titled debut album was released in September, and reached No.5 in the UK and No.2 in the US. The album’s first single, ‘Take Me To Church’, is still at No.3 in the UK charts, having been in the top 40 for a mightily impressive 26 weeks.”

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