I’ll be watching the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Will you?
It’s billed as “music’s biggest night,” and it’s often the most entertaining night of music on TV all year — better than the Super Bowl’s halftime show or any of the other awards shows.
The best thing they do at the Grammy is pair groups that might not otherwise play together. Those are my favorites, and these are the matchups I’m looking forward to watching on Sunday.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
The Beatles are being honored with a sort of lifetime achievement award, and Ringo and Paul are getting together onstage for the first time in years. Should be a fun moment.
Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder
The DJ/producer duo will perform with the session players from their latest album, “Random Access Memories.” Plus legendary funk/R&B guitarist Nile Rodgers and singer Pharrell Williams, both of whom guested on the album, will join them. Most interesting of all is the addition of Stevie Wonder. I don’t know exactly where he’s gonna come in, but it’s gonna be awesome.
Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons
This one is a mashup come to life. “Radioactive Swimming Pools” has been a hit on YouTube, and now the rapper and the rockers are gonna perform together on the show.
Robin Thicke and Chicago
This might be my favorite. Thicke’s love for classic R&B and funk will be great when he’s paired with all those horns. I don’t know who thought of this one, but it was genius.
Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Blake Shelton
Haggard is also being honored at the ceremony, and he’ll be joined by his pals Kristofferson and Nelson. I saw Kristofferson and Haggard play together once, and it was amazing. I have no feeling on Blake Shelton one way or another, but I figure he’s there to give the performance some appeal to the young folks.