The Grammys Show is a Bombardment of Pop Performances

Lorde performing in New York last year. Joshua Bright for The New York Times

Lorde performing in New York last year. Joshua Bright for The New York Times

The New York Times

THE Grammy Awards are so predictable. Except when they’re unpredictable.

The Grammy statuette

The Grammy statuette

On Sunday night, CBS will broadcast the 56th annual Grammys ceremony from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, giving the music business its most valuable annual media platform and fans everywhere a chance to root for their favorites and — almost inevitably — scratch their heads at an upset or two.

Among the big questions this year: Will Macklemore & Ryan Lewis sweep the top prizes, planting a flag for indie, openly liberal rap? Will Grammy voters crown last year’s pop phenomena, like Lorde, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Daft Punk? Or will they follow their mystifying habit of rewarding left-field underdogs, as in 2008, when Herbie Hancock beat Amy Winehouse and Kanye West for album of the year, or in 2011, when Esperanza Spalding — a little-known jazz bassist on her third album — won best new artist, ahead of Justin Bieber and Drake?

This year’s top contenders include two that quickly went from the fringes to stardom through a combination of online virality and old-fashioned Top 40 radio. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, a rapper-producer duo from Seattle, released their album, “The Heist,” independently and promoted it through savvy use of YouTube and a distribution deal with Warner Music. They sold 1.3 million albums and 16.5 million tracks, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and became one of Spotify’s most-streamed acts around the world. The duo’s seven Grammy nominations include album of the year, song of the year (for the marriage equality anthem “Same Love”) and best new artist.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers playing Barclays Center w/ MS MR and others before South American festivals (dates)

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers don’t have much of a tour scheduled for 2014 at the moment besides some South American festivals, like Lollapalooza Chile & Argentina, but they’ve just added what appears to be a one-off in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on February 1. The night, presented by CBS sports station WFAN happens on the “biggest weekend in sports and entertainment” and is part of the venue’s “Kickoff in Brooklyn” series which includes championship boxing (1/30) at the Nets vs Thunder game (1/31). Opening for the Chili Peppers at this big show will be MS MR, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, New Politics and Basic Vacation. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (12/20) at 10 Am with an AmEx presale starting Tuesday (12/17) at 10 AM.

All upcoming RHCP dates are listed below…

Red Hot Chili Peppers — 2014 Tour Dates
Feb 01 Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York
Feb 22-23 7107 International Music Festival Clark, Pampanga, Philippines
Mar 29-30 Lollapalooza Santiago, Chile
Apr 01-02 Lollapalooza Buenos Aires, Argentina
Apr 03-05 Festival Estereo Picnic Bogotá, Colombia

The National – Upcoming Shows + First Video from latest album

The first video from the album Trouble Will Find Me, out now:

Video credits:
Director: Sophia Peer
Producer: Michelle Cameron
Production Coordinator: Naomi Wells
Starring: Rivers Curry
Director of Photography: Zoe White
Editor: Sophia Peer
Set Builders: Bennett Wilson and his team at Windmill Studios
Colorist: Michael Dwass
Color Grading Producer: Chavvah Stuart
Color Facilities Provided by: CVLT Production
Assistant Camera: David Sosnow
DIT: Rocio Ruiz
Gaffer: Freddy Cintron
Key Grip: Gautam Kadian
Hair & Makeup: Celina Santory
Wardrobe: Sandy Sui
Choreographer: Erica Magrey
Art Director: Annie Sicherman
Sound Effects: Christopher Keyes
Production Assistants: Dan Coch, Giovanno Montoya
Special Thanks: Winston Case, Marshall Curry, Liz W. Martin, Gus Hauser, Gabe Spierer, Dawn Barger, Andy Bodor, Allen Cordell, John Morena, Stephen Venezia, Glasslands, Jenny McManus

THE NATIONAL UPCOMING SHOWS

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22 February 2014
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