The 2013 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be the focal point of an entire week of music celebration in Los Angeles. GRAMMY® Week has become a 7 day extravaganza of all things having to do with the business of creating music. During the week leading up to the awards show, you can attend the GRAMMY® camp, which features a Basic Training course, an Entertainment Law Initiative luncheon, the Producers & Engineers Wing event, the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and the annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute. Of course, Clive Davis will be hosting yet another of his Pre- GRAMMY® Galas, which are known for their star-studded guests from all genres of music.
As far as the GRAMMY® Awards themselves, this will be a very competitive year for the nominees. There are plenty of heavyweight candidates in all the categories, but here are some of the most interesting competitions.
It’s hard to discount Taylor Swift’s song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The catchy pop tune has crossed over and sales of the single and the full CD are brisk. One thing the GRAMMY® voters like is success, and who’s been more successful than Taylor? Of course, the Black Keys, media darlings as they are, have their song “Lonely Boy” in the running too. It is probably the second most likely song to win, but Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” is also a strong candidate with a popular song who is poised to upset both Swift and the Black Keys. The Black Keys are also nominated in the Best Rock Performance category for “Lonely Boys and Best Rock Album for “El Camino.”
The Black Keys have an inside track to the best album award. They’re so popular that it’s hard to believe that they won’t win the award. “Stronger” has a good chance for Song of the Year,” as does Carla Rae Jepsen’s inescapable “Call Me Maybe.” Jepsen and Clarkson will also be battling for Best Pop Solo Performance for the same songs, so it’ll be interesting to see if one song sweeps, or if there’s a split in the voting. Clarkson is also nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Album category so it’s possible that she could run away with a slew of awards.
In the R&B categories, Kanye West, Drake and Li’l Wayne have a few nominations. Kanye will probably come away with at least one of the awards. LMFAO is after the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with their infectious rant “Sexy And I Know It.”
It doesn’t matter who you’re rooting for. VIP Concierge has tickets to Music’s Biggest Night and the after-parties. Wouldn’t it be great to be in the crowd during the awards show and then slip on over to the after-parties to celebrate with your favorite artists? You don’t have to be left out of the action. As long as you have tickets, you’ll have fun.