In the wake of rampant rumors going around that Britney Spears will be performing next month on the 2011 Grammy Awards telecast, we learned yesterday that Britney’s people have DENIED that she is performing. This morning, the Grammy Awards announced which performers will be performing on the show and the list includes Eminem, Arcade Fire, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga and more … unsurprisingly, Britney Spears is NOT listed among the performers.
Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, Cee Lo Green and Katy Perry will perform at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, it was announced Thursday (Jan. 13). Eminem, who leads the 53rd annual awards with 10 nominations and has 11 wins already under his belt, is a frequent Grammy performer who graced the stage as recently as last year, performing with Drake and Lil Wayne. For Lady Gaga, it will be the second consecutive year she performs, after the pop star made an impressive debut at the 2010 ceremony with an opening duet accompanied by Elton John. Nominated for album of the year for “The Fame Monster,” Gaga is expected to perform her forthcoming album’s lead single “Born This Way,” which happens to be slated for release on Feb. 13, at the ceremony. Arcade Fire and Miranda Lambert, meanwhile, will make their Grammy debuts as performers. Both are also nominated in the lead categories, with Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” up for album of the year and Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” vying for song of the year. Cee Lo Green, up for four awards including record of the year and song of the year, and Katy Perry, up for album of the year, have both performed at the Grammys before. Additional performers are expected be announced in the coming weeks. The Grammys will be broadcast on CBS live from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
There isn’t a single name on this list that should come as a surprise to anyone … and that is the point. If the Grammy Awards are planning on pulling out any big surprises, A.) they’re not going to announce them so soon and B.) they’re gonna make it seem like any surprises that happen were pulled together at the last minute. At this point, Britney Spears is NOT performing on the Grammys … but that doesn’t mean that things can’t change in the coming weeks. It’s entirely possible that Britney could be added as a “last minute” performer in order to drum up hype for the show. Am I holding my breath? No. Will I tune in to the Grammys just to be sure? Absolutely … and that, my friends, is the point ;) So what do y’all think of this batch of performers? Are these people alone enough to get you to tune in?