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Beach Boys to make comeback at Grammys

2012-02-10 11:13

Los Angele - Iconic 1960s group The Beach Boys and award-winning songstress Adele will stage comeback performances this weekend at the Grammys, the music industry's annual star-studded awards bash.

Paul McCartney, Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen are also among major acts to play Sunday in Los Angeles, where country legend Glen Campbell, suffering from Alzheimer's and on a farewell tour, will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Adele, playing her first live show since undergoing throat surgery last year, is nominated in six categories at the Grammys, just one behind top-tipped US rapper Kanye West, with seven nods.

The British soul singer broke records with her breakthrough second album 21, including the hits Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You. It is unclear what she will sing Sunday night at the Staples Centre.

Most nominees

But arguably an even bigger comeback will be by the Beach Boys, who will perform on stage for the first time since announcing a 50th anniversary reunion tour and album.

The original members of the band, famous for hits including Good Vibrations, California Girls and Surfin' USA, will play with two Grammy nominees, Foster The People and Maroon 5, organisers said.

"I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again," said core band member Brian Wilson, announcing the reunion in December.

West is nominated in the most categories at this year's Grammys - the music industry's version of the Oscars - while the Foo Fighters and Hawaiian crooner Bruno Mars were tied with Adele, with six nominations.

Adele's Rolling in the Deep is tipped for Record of the Year, along with Bon Iver's Holocene, Mars's Grenade, The Cave by British folk rockers Mumford and Sons, and Katy Perry's Firework.

The London songstress's album 21 also leads the nods for Album of the Year, and will fight it out with the Foo Fighters' Wasting Light, Lady Gaga's Born this Way, Mars's Doo Wops and Hooligans and Rihanna's Loud.

West's seven nods include All of the Lights for Song of the Year, up against Mumford and Sons' The Cave, Mars's Grenade, Adele's Rolling in the Deep and Bon Iver's Holocene.

Other performers

Although West garnered the most nods, mainly in rap categories, he could come away disappointed. Last year Eminem topped the nominations with 10 nods but went home with only two gongs.

In the running for Best New Artist -the category Adele won in 2009 - are The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J Cole, rapper Nicki Minaj and Skrillex. The latter was shortlisted for five awards, as was Lil Wayne.

Other performers at Sunday's show include Springsteen and the E Street Band, veteran crooner Tony Bennett as well as more current stars including Perry, Minaj and Taylor Swift.

British megagroup Coldplay will play with Rihanna, while ailing Rhinestone Cowboy star Campbell - on his Goodbye Tour before retiring - will perform with award-winning country stars The Band Perry and Blake Shelton.

Former Beatle McCartney will perform at the show, after being honoured at a pre-Grammys tribute show also featuring legendary soft rockers James Taylor and Neil Young with Crazy Horse.

Host for the evening will be rapper LL Cool J, while other presenters including Jack Black, Ringo Starr, Marc Anthony, Gwyneth Paltrow and country music trio Lady Antebellum, who won the most Grammys last year with five.

Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan were among the biggest stars at last year's Grammys show.

Grammys organisers this year cut the number of categories in the awards show from 109 to 78, the first restructuring since the music industry's top prizes were first handed out in 1959.

A protest is planned on Sunday, shortly before the Grammys show gets underway at 17:00, by musicians and others angry at the demise of award categories including Latin jazz, Hawaiian and Native American.

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