2014 Grammy nominations: Robin Thicke, Queens of the Stone Age, Tony Bennett, Little Big Town among Grammy nominees coming to Tampa Bay
The 2014 Grammy nominations were unveiled Friday night, and as always, many of the nominees -- including a couple in the top categories -- currently have concerts scheduled in Tampa Bay. Some are even coming here in the next two weeks. Let's run down the list:
-- Among the top four categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist), only a couple of nominees are coming anywhere near Tampa Bay: Sara Barielles, whose The Blessed Unrest was nominated for Album of the Year, is playing the House of Blues in Orlando on Dec. 15 (click here). And Robin Thicke, above, who scored one of the biggest hits of the year in Blurred Lines, was nominated for (among other things) Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. He'll be at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball on Dec. 18 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Click here.
-- Justin Timberlake, a nominee in various categories including Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance, is coming to Orlando's Amway Center on Dec. 19. Click here.
-- A pair of Tampa Bay artists were nominated for Grammys this year. St. Petersburg jazz-saxophone star Mindi Abair was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Summer Horns, her album with Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot. Abair is at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 16; click here. And Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge were nominated for Best Instrumental Compsition and Best Instrumental Arrangement for tracks from the album River Runs: A Concerto For Jazz Guitar, Saxophone and Orchestra, which was recorded at Morrisound Recording. Click here for that story.
-- Another nominee for Best Pop Instrumental Album, Boney James, is coming to the Capitol Theatre on March 13; click here.
-- Colbie Caillat, nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media (for We Both Know from the Safe Haven soundtrack), will be part of the Mix 100.7 Acoustic Christmas at the Mahaffey Theatre on Dec. 13. Click here.
-- Alabama Shakes, nominated for Best Rock Performance, celebrated their Grammy nod on Friday in St. Petersburg, following a performance at Jannus Live. Also nominated in that category: Queens of the Stone Age, who were also nominated for Best Rock Album, and are at the Mahaffey Theater on Feb. 4. Click here.
-- British electro-pop act Disclosure, nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album, are coming to the Ritz Ybor on Jan. 26. Click here.
-- Tony Bennett, nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, will be at the Mahaffey Theatre on Feb. 12. Click here.
-- Several Grammy nominees are coming to the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City: Lee Brice, nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for I Drive Your Truck; and Little Big Town for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for Your Side of the Bed. Click here.
-- Perennial nominee Vince Gill, a nominee for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 22. Click here.
-- Los Amigos Invisibles, nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, will be part of the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 8-9 at Curtis Hixon Park. Click here.
-- Primus' Les Claypool was nominated in the Best Surround Sound Album category; he'll bring his Duo De Twang project to the State Theatre on Jan. 8. Click here.
Don't despair, though -- you can bet a host of top nominees will announce shows in Tampa Bay once the 2014 concert season heats up. Click here for a full list of the 2014 Grammy nominations.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*