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Taylor Swift, Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, FUN. first performers announced for 55th annual Grammy Awards

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 9, 2013
Taylor Swift (AP file)
Taylor Swift (AP file)

Current Grammy nominees the Black Keys, FUN., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift are the first performers announced for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards telecast.

Two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J will return as host of the awards show, which will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.

The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at Grammy.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.

The Black Keys and FUN. will perform on the Grammy telecast for the first time, while Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Swift are returning to the Grammy stage.

FUN. and Mumford & Sons are two of six artists this year who lead with six nominations each. FUN. are up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “We Are Young” (Featuring Janelle Monáe); Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for “Some Nights”; and Best New Artist. Mumford & Sons are nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Americana Album for “Babel”; Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “I Will Wait”; Best Song Written For Visual Media for “Learn Me Right” (From “Brave”); and Best Long Form Music Video for “Big Easy Express.”

Two-time Grammy winners The Black Keys have five nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album for “El Camino”; and Record Of The Year, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song (along with Brian Burton) for “Lonely Boy.” (Additionally, group member Dan Auerbach is nominated for Producer Of The Year Non Classical.)

Five-time Grammy winner Rihanna and six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift each have three nominations. Rihanna is up for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Where Have You Been,” Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Featuring Jay-Z) for “Talk That Talk,” and Best Short Form Music Video (Featuring Calvin Harris) for “We Found Love.” Swift is nominated in Record Of The Year for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (with The Civil Wars) and Best Song Written For Visual Media (along with T Bone Burnett and the Civil Wars) for “Safe & Sound” (from “The Hunger Games”).

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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