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Five Things To Know About Tonight’s Grammy Awards

February 12th, 2012

Tonight’s 54th Grammy Awards will be a meaningful evening, upon many things. Look for a tribute to fallen stars, a celebration for new ones, odd performers coming together, and the celebrity classic drama radar on full power.

Here’s five angles that everyone will be looking at for tonight’s show:

1) The Whitney Houston Tribute

With last night’s tragic passing of the R&B legend, Grammy producers have probably been up all last night scrambling to put together a tribute for Houston in tonight’s show. According to E! News, Jennifer Hudson will be leading a “respectful” musical tribute performance in honor of Houston. As the show’s executive producer Ken Ehrlich put it, “It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general…”

2) Adele

Besides being nominated for six awards, the British singer will also be performing for the first time since her vocal chord surgery five-months-ago. Everyone’s definitely crossing their fingers, hoping that she still has the majestic voice that she had on her hit 2011 album 21.

3) Chris Brown, Three Years Later

It’s been three years since Brown has attended the Grammy Awards, after being thrown into jail on the night of the 2009 Awards for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Tonight, both he and Rihanna will be hitting the stage during separate performances. Brown will be doing a medley of his own songs, and then joining Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, David Guetta and Lil’ Wayne for a jam session, and Rihanna will be joining Coldplay for Princess of China. (Oh yeah, and a judge said on Thursday that Brown should still remain under supervised probation).

4) LL Cool J’s Hosting Abilities

LL Cool J will be the first host for the award show since Queen Latifah’s involvement in 2005. It will be interesting to see how the rapper acts as the night’s emcee, and if the show really needs one. “Great performances and great music—it’s going to be a great night,” he said in a statement, after he was announced as the show’s host. Let’s not forget, the guy has been the host of the Grammy nominations concert every year since its introduction in 2008.

5) Weird Performer Combos

The Grammy Awards has always had a reputation for bringing genres together in odd combinations, but look for some interesting equations, including a performance by the Beach Boys, Foster the People and Maroon 5, and also as said above, Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, David Guetta and Lil’ Wayne for a tribute to electronic music.

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