Following last night's Grammy performance (with Jay-Z, guys), Justin Timberlake announced that he'll be heading on tour... because why not? He joins Beyonce, New Kids on the Block/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men, The Eagles, and Fall Out Boy in artists-who-are-back-and-ready-to-tour-this-year. Not bad company to be in.
After winning six awards at the Grammys on February 12, you might expect that Adele tickets sales would tick up. Or at least they would if she actually had an upcoming tour. But although she doesn't have a tour that's been announced yet, that didn't stop more than a 1000 people from wanting to find out when she would next have tickets on sale. That was the effect of Adele's good night at the Grammys: an 87% increase in the number of performer alert sign-ups on TicketNetwork.com* during and the week after the ceremony compared to the week leading up to it.
It's that time again, where a major awards ceremony is happening in a few days and I give you my best, educated guesses on the winners. Or, like I did with the VMAs, fail miserably at doing so. This time the ceremony is the Grammy Awards, which airs this Sunday. The show ought to be pretty good, with performances from Adele, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Jason Aldean, and Glen Campbell. Hmm. There will be time for award giving, right? Hopefully, or this prediction post will be useless.
But, I digress! Here are my choices:
Record of the Year
The Nominees: Adele: "Rolling in the Deep"; Bon Iver: "Holocene"; Bruno Mars: "Grenade"; Mumford & Sons: "The Cave"; Katy Perry: "Firework";
My Pick: Adele
My Rationale: When I predicted the VMA winners, I made the mistake of wanting Adele to win, rather than counting on the public vote to swing in Katy Perry's favor. However, when Adele actually won in the VMAs, it was for awards that the judges chose the winners. The Grammy winners are all chosen by the Academy, so I think Adele is in a much stronger position this time.