The younger lot of the music industry is ready to rock at the Grammy Awards to be held in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Kanye West’s seven nods crown a critical and commercial comeback for the controversial rapper who took a self-imposed hiatus from performing in 2009. West, 34, recorded his best rap album contender My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in Hawaii after removing himself from the mainstream music scene following harsh criticism over his 2009 outburst involving country starlet Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards. Already a 14-time Grammy winner, he is nominated for song of the year for All of the Lights and best rap performance with Jay-Z for Otis.
In past years, the Grammys have often seen relative newcomers in top categories, only to see the older performers win, leaving the youth-driven industry and music fans surprised. But this Sunday’s honours will shine its spotlight on British singer Adele — whose album, 21 has spawned massive hits like Rolling in the Deep and topped charts for 19 weeks.
The singer, 23, enters music industry’s biggest honours with six nominations, second only to rapper Kanye West who has seven. Adele — 2011’s top-selling performer — is scheduled to give a Grammy performance that is her first since undergoing throat surgery late last year.
This year, many major categories are dominated by younger pop stars. And, competing for album of the year are Adele with 21, Lady Gaga for Born This Way, Rihanna with Loud, Bruno Mars for Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and Foo Fighters for Wasting Light.
Traditional rockers are largely missing, with the exception of legends Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen who are both set to perform at the gala. Sunday’s ceremony in Los Angeles will air live in India on Monday morning on Vh1.
The best new artist category, this year, reflects an eclectic mix of artists, from female rapper Nicki Minaj and hip-hop artist J Cole, to country sensations The Band Perry, house and electro-pop performer Skrillex and American folk band, Bon Iver.
Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell, 75, who’s currently on a goodbye tour as he has early stage Alzheimer’s disease, will receive a lifetime achievement award, and will also perform at the event.
The host for the evening
Rapper and actor, LL Cool J, will be the first official host of the Grammy Awards in seven years.
Other performers include veteran crooner Tony Bennett — who is nominated for his Body and Soul duo with the late Amy Winehouse — Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Bonnie Raitt and Chris Brown. The Beach Boys will reunite for the Grammys too.