Spotlight shifts to musicians next week

The spotlight has been shining extra bright for actors lately, with the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild awards and the Oscar nominations just announced.

But the lights will be turned on a different industry next week as musicians invade Hollywood for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards gala at Staples Center.

The Grammy is the music industry’s highest honor, and Hawai‘i musicians Ledward Ka‘apana, Kapono Beamer, Raiatea Helm and Sonny Lim will share the red carpet with music’s biggest names. This is the second year that Hawaiian music will be honored with a category of its own.

This year appears to be a show of duets.

Recent Kaua‘i visitors and 15-time Grammy winners Bono and The Edge of U2 will join three-time winner Mary J. Blige on stage for a special performance.

U2 is currently up for five Grammys. Also paired together is the three-time Grammy winner Christina Aguilera and the 10-time Grammy winner Herbie Hancock, who will perform together for the first time.

Grammy winner Madonna and nominees the Gorillaz will perform together, as well as four-time winner Faith Hill and nominee Keith Urban.

Academy Award winner, yes, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, is nominated this year, and will make an appearance on stage with Kanye West.

West, Mariah Carey and John Legend have the most nominations, with eight apiece. West is actually nominated twice in the same category, for his producing of his album, “Late Registration,” and for Carey’s “Emancipation of Mimi.” Kelly Clarkson, Ciara, Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay have also been slated to perform. There will also be an all-star tribute to Sly and the Family Stone.

Paul McCartney will appear in his first-ever Grammy performance.

Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, Emmy winner Teri Hatcher, Jenna Elfman and Jennifer Love Hewitt will make appearances as presenters.

Actors at the Grammys? They don’t invite rock stars to the Oscars unless they’re performing. I guess actors just can’t let the spotlight shine on anybody else, even if it’s just for the one night.

The Grammys will be broadcast on Wednesday on KGMB channel 9 (CBS).


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