Monday, April 15, 2024

Grammys Add “Hamilton,” Johnny Depp-Alice Cooper Hollywood Vampires, Bonnie Raitt, Skrillex-Diplo with Justin Bieber


The Grammy Awards line up of performers just keeps getting more and more interesting. The BB King tribute will feature Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton, and Gary Clarke, Jr., which means it will be great. I just hope that it’s not at the end of the show.

The cast of “Hamilton” will appear live from Broadway as they start their show at 8pm Eastern. That’s one of producer Ken Ehrlich’s coups. “Hamilton” hasn’t yet done live TV but they’re certainly ready. For people around the country who haven’t seen this amazing show, it should blow their minds

They’ve also added the Hollywood Vampires, a group comprising Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry. (I’m told Depp likes to be called Mortdecai when he’s playing.) The Vamps released an album last September of cover songs from the 70s by Cooper, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Maybe this appearance will launch them officially.

Justin Bieber and the people who gave him his popularity back, Skrillex and Diplo, will present “Where Are U Now” with an umlat.

Robin Thicke and Pitbull will do something. I’m just leaving it at that, no snark. Well, actually, I’m not certain what attraction is left for Robin Thicke with the audience.

Plus, Adele. Adele, Adele.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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