Written by Jon Mercer in Music
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The Band Radiohead has just today been added to the lineup of performers who will appear on the 2009 Grammy Awards show coming up this February 8th in Los Angeles. The band is nominated for album of the year for “In Rainbows,” and singer Thom Yorke is also appearing in an ad campaign to boost the Grammy’s ratings appeal.
Radiohead will be just one of many acts scheduled to perform at the recording industry’s big night out. Among the other performers who are scheduled to appear are Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Lil Wayne, and Coldplay. It has just been confirmed that Paul McCartney will also perform at the gala event. The former Beatle will be joined onstage by David Grohl of the Foo Fighters.
This is not the first time that Radiohead has been nominated for a Grammy award; the band was nominated twice before: once for “OK Computer” and again for “Kid-A”. It will be the first time the band has performed at the Grammy’s, however. Also added to the Grammy broadcast is Justin Timberlake and T.I., who will be performing together. T.I. will also appear with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne for the song “Swagga like Us”.
You can see Radiohead front man Thom York, appearing in ads for the upcoming Grammy Awards show. In the ads, Yorke discusses some of his favorite artists such as The Rolling Stones and David Bowie among others who have never been nominated for a Grammy like Scott Walker, Bjork, and Modeselektor.
Radiohead will be competing for album of the year against Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III”, Cold play’s “Viva La Vida”, Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman”, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ “Raising Sand”. The event will be held this year at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be the 51st annual Grammy Awards Ceremony.
Last years Grammy event was lack-luster at best. The performers were predictable and the nominees were too, for that matter. This year it seems that the Grammy’s got it right. The young, fresh faces are just what the event needed to bring it up to speed after the increasingly low-rated Grammy telecasts of the last few years.
The producers of the show were obviously out of touch with the mainstream but somehow this year they have managed to put it all back together by securing an amazing lineup of performers and nominees, and by promising more music and less talk than last years critically-panned show.