Taylor Swift will perform at Grammy Awards
Berks County native Taylor Swift didn’t get the Grammy Award nominations she might have expected this year for her best-selling album “Speak Now,” but she will be among performers at this year’s awards ceremony Feb. 12 in Los Angeles, the awards announced on its website last week.
She will join other nominees Bruno Mars (who played at the Allentown Fair in August), Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters and Nicki Minaj as performers at the 54th annual awards. The show will be broadcast 8-11:30 p.m. on CBS.
Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be revealed soon, the announcement says.
It will be the second time in three years that Swift performed on the awards. Swift performed on the Grammys in 2010, when she was nominated for eight awards and won her first four, including Album of the Year for her disc “Fearless.”
She was between albums last year, and got only one tangential nomination — she sang on John Mayers’ “Half of My Heart,” which was nominated for Best Male Pop Performance but didn’t win.
Swift is nominated for three awards, but all in country music categories: Best Country Album for “Speak Now” and Best Country Solo Performance and best Country Song, both for “Mean.”
Foo Fighters and Mars each have six nominations. The six-time Grammy-winning Foo Fighters are nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album for “Wasting Light,” Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for “Walk,” Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “White Limo” and Best Long Form Music Video for “Foo Fighters: Back And Forth.”
Mars, another Grammy winner, is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Grenade”; Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for “Doo-Wops Hooligans”; and Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical (as a member of the Smeezingtons, along with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine).
Minaj has four nods: Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for “Moment 4 Life” (with Drake), Best Rap Album for “Pink Friday,” and Album Of The Year (as a featured artist on Rihanna’s “Loud”).
Aldean also is up for three awards: Best Country Solo Performance for “Dirt Road Anthem,” Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (with Clarkson) and Best Country Album for “My Kinda Party.”
Clarkson, who has won two Grammys, is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (with Aldean).
Aldean and Minaj will perform on the Grammy telecast for the first time.
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