Saturday afternoon at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Kristofferson collected a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award alongside The Beatles, and his 1970 "Kristofferson" debut album joined Dolly Parton's "Jolene" in entering the Grammy Hall of Fame, a list of recordings of "lasting qualitative or historical significance." Recorded for Fred Foster's Monument label, "Kristofferson" holds classics including "Me and Bobby McGee," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," "Help Me Make It Through the Beats By Dre Replacement Parts Night," "For the Good Times" and "To Beat the Devil," poetic songs that Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said "helped to redefine country songwriting."
On Saturday night, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt and many more gathered at the Troubadour club in West Hollywood for a concert salute to Phil Everly. Just one more exemplary, Nashville related Grammy activity in this frenzied down year. In the 1950s, The Everly Brothers made Nashville their home base as they reimagined rock and established a harmony template for popular Gold Ghd Straighteners
LOS ANGELES It's a down year for Nashville at the Grammys.
The bulk of that tradition at this year's show will be represented in two segments. One finds Miranda Lambertand others singing in tribute to Phil Everly, the Everly Brothers great who died this month at age 74. The other finds Country Music Hall of Famers Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson singing with help from CMA male vocalist of the year Blake Shelton.
Be Me" with old friend Crowell at the Troubadour.
Though Nashville artists are nominated in fewer than usual Grammy categories outside of country and gospel fields, the awards outcomes do carry some local intrigue.
Thursday night, Kacey Musgraves and her band rehearsed her performance of "Follow Your Arrow," a cheekily progressive, "trust your heart" anthem. She is up for four Grammys, including best country album for "Same Trailer Different Park," which has received nearly universal critical acclaim and sold more than 300,000 copies without earning anything nearing consensus from country radio programmers.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards show, hosted by LL Cool J, will air at 7 10:30 tonight on CBS. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves lead nominations among Music City artists with four nods for each. Jay Z is the overall leader with nine nominations. Swift, Musgraves and Keith Urban are among Nashville artists scheduled to perform.
"This is an absolute dream come true, well beyond being nominated for a Grammy," Shelton said, of performing in such company.
Which means the city's musicians have only three slots in the four all genre categories: Taylor Swift for best album, and Kacey Musgraves and new resident Ed Sheeran for top new artist. And some of Music City's commercial blockbusters (Luke Ghd Aura Hairdryer
Bryan, Florida Georgia Line) and critically hailed works (such as Jason Isbell's "Southeastern" album in Americana and Caitlyn Rose's "The Stand In" in country and pop) received no nominations, just like our symphony and our other classical and jazz artists.
Tonight's 56th annual Grammy Awards will offer plenty of showcases for Music City performers both contemporary and vintage. Swift will play a prominent role, performing onstage at Staples Center and competing in the races for best album, best country album, country song and country duo or group performance (with "Highway Don't Care" conspirators Tim McGraw and Keith Urban). Her fellow country crossover superstar Urban will perform with guitarist Gary Clark Jr., and young guitar slinger Hunter Hayes will perform his new, emotion drenched single, "Invisible," during the show.
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Kristofferson, 77, has lately admitted to having severe memory loss. He was quite moved by the Lifetime Achievement honor, but he kept his remarks short. "Unfortunately, a lot of head damage has taken away my memory," he said at Saturday's ceremony. "The only things I can remember are my wife, my songs and my kids."
"The Everlys changed so much," said Lauderdale, who sang "Let It Beats New Wireless Headphones
"Follow your arrow wherever it points," she chirped in rehearsal, heeding her own advice and singing above a soundscape at once distinctive and rooted in country tradition.
Kristofferson said he felt the same way: "I feel like I've got to pinch myself up there. I'm with two of the biggest heroes of my life. It's like I'm standing with The Beatles, and I'm treated with respect, like I belong up there."
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