Saturday, June 15, 2024

Grammys Face Ratings Judgment Tonight with Few Superstars, Bad Bunny Opening Show, Madonna Making Appearance


Like all awards shows, the Grammys are having trouble re-establishing their importance. Tonight’s show, at 8pm on CBS, could be a game changer one way or the other. The show needs ratings. The question is, Will the audience be there?

Bad Bunny will open the show. His album sold millions and was very popular. But then the show will proceed without some big names on the stage. Beyonce and Taylor Swift will sit in the audience but not sing. Adele is supposed to sing, but her name has not appeared on any production sheets and she’s not at rehearsal. If she does perform, as I reported, it will be a surprise — to the audience, to the Grammys, and maybe to herself.

There’s a long tribute to the history of rap, plus a lot of other quasi-hip hop numbers. Country music will be represented by Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves, and Brandi Carlile. Chris Stapleton is doing a segment with Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.

Madonna is making an appearance. She has to– she’s about to embark on a huge, expensive tour. It’s unclear if she’ll be live at the stadium or calling it in from Mars.

But where are all the big names? Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are in town, Cher lives here. So does Elton John part time. Over the weekend we’ve seen dozens of famous, familiar, and popular music stars almost none of which are on tonight’s show. It’s very puzzling. Why isn’t Stevie Nicks, for example, part of the Christine McVie tribute?

Stay tuned for updates…

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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