55th Annual Grammy Rundown

55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS: WHAT TO KNOW

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles’ at 8PM Eastern on CBS Sunday (2/10). Here are a few things to watch for:

Taylor Swift is opening the show with what’s rumored to be a pretty huge performance!
Dierks Bentley and tourmate Miranda Lambert will perform together, something they’ve been teasing on Twitter over the past couple weeks.
Carrie Underwood is performing, but the Grammys are tight lipped on what she’ll sing. Our guess is her new single “Two Black Cadillacs.”
Zac Brown will join a group of artists including Elton John and Mavis Staples for a tribute to the late Levon Helm.
In a last-minute announcement, Hunter Hayes is added to the lineup of performances. He’s up for three awards!
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will present an award during the show, along with four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban.
Friend of country artists LL Cool J is hosting the show. By the way, sources tell us he recently spent some time in the studio with Brad Paisley.

DID YOU KNOW?

CBS reportedly issued a “wardrobe advisory” prior to this weekend’s show requesting attendees’ “buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.”
Ads for Sunday’s Grammy Awards sold for an all-time record $900,000 for some 30-second spots.
The 2012 Grammys was the second most-watched, according to Nielsen, with 39.9-million viewers.
Last year’s Grammys recorded 13-million tweets and Facebook messages during the telecast.
The record for the most nominations without ever winning a Grammy Award goes to Brian McKnight with 16
The first Grammy ceremony consisted of 28 categories. Today, more than 100 Grammys are awarded, with the majority handed out prior to the televised portion.
At 14 years old, LeAnn Rimes was the youngest person to receive a Grammy; George Burns was the oldest at 94.

Sources: BlueFin Labs, Nielsen, Xfinity.com, DeadlineTV

CATEGORIES WITH COUNTRY NOMINEES

Best Country Solo Performance

“Home” – Dierks Bentley

“Springsteen” – Eric Church

“Cost of Livin’” – Ronnie Dunn

“Wanted” – Hunter Hayes

“Over” – Blake Shelton

“Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band

“Pontoon” – Little Big Town

“Safe & Sound” – Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars

“On The Outskirts of Town” – The Time Jumpers

“I Just Came Here For The Music” – Don Williams feat. Alison Krauss

Best Country Song

“Blown Away” – Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

“Cost of Livin’” – Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn)

“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band)

“So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” – Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson)

“Springsteen” – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church)

Best Country Album

Uncaged – Zac Brown Band

Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes

Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson

Four the Record – Miranda Lambert

The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers

Record of the Year

“Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson

“We Are Young” – Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe

“Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye feat. Kimbra

“Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift

Best New Artist

Alabama Shakes

Fun.

Hunter Hayes

The Lumineers

Frank Ocean