Tired of hearing the same half-dozen songs in every waiting room, grocery store, and hotel lobby? The Recording Academy certainly isn’t! This Sunday the 54th annual Grammy awards are set to honor popular music’s biggest stars, with hip-hops temper tantrum Kanye West, British songstress Adele, Hawaiian crooner Bruno Mars, and grunge rock stalwarts Foo Fighters all tapped for six or more awards.
The show’s best new artist category also contains crowd pleasers like rapper Nicki Minaj and dubstep prophet Skrillex, as well as folk rockers Bon Iver, who prove releasing your first album in 2007 is no reason not to be a new artist in 2012.
Bon Iver actually declined to perform at the ceremony after they were asked to play other groups’ music, saying “We kind of said ‘fuck you’ a little bit, and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.”
Artists ACTUALLY performing at the show this Sunday will be a smorgasbord of chart-toppers including Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Maroon 5, Chris Brown, Tony Bennett, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, and a newly reunited Beach Boys.