2016 Grammys: The Weeknd, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Ellie Goulding lead nominees coming to Tampa Bay
The 2016 Grammy nominations were announced Monday morning (click here for our full report), and as always, that gives us the chance to run down the list and figure out which nominated artists have concerts scheduled in Tampa Bay over the next few months.
The action starts quickly, with one of the year's most nominated artists, The Weeknd, coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Dec. 17. He's up for Album of the Year (Beauty Behind the Madness) and Record of the Year (Can't Feel My Face), among other categories. Click here for details on that show.
Other Grammy-nominated acts with tours coming to Tampa Bay:
-- Christian superstar Chris Tomlin, nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Album for Love Ran Red, is actually in town this week, for a concert Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Click here.
-- Two days after the Weeknd hits Amalie Arena, the venue hosts the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball, featuring Song of the Year nominee Charlie Puth (See You Again). Also performing is Swedish singer Tove Lo, who isn't nominated as a performer, but is nominated for co-writing Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do. Click here.
-- Jazz combo Snarky Puppy, nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Sylva, will perform at the Ritz Ybor on Jan. 4. Click here.
-- Christian singer-songwriter Crowder, nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song for Lift Your Weary Head Sinner (Chains), will perform at next year's Winter Jam, Jan. 16 at Amalie Arena. Click here.
-- On Jan. 30, Amalie Arena will host the U.S. 103.5 Throwdown By the Bay, featuring multiple nominees Little Big Town (Song of the Year for Girl Crush) and Chris Stapleton (Album of the Year for Traveller). Traveller and Little Big Town's Pain Killer are also both up for Best Country Album. Click here.
-- Barry Manilow, nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for My Dream Duets, will perform at Amalie Arena Feb. 4. Click here.
-- Patty Griffin, nominated for Best Folk Album for Servant Of Love, will perform alongside Anais Mitchell and Sara Watkins at the Mahaffey Theater on Feb. 12. Click here.
-- Shemekia Copeland, nominated for Best Blues Album for Outskirts of Love, will perform at the Capitol Theatre on Feb. 20. Click here.
-- Blues great Buddy Guy, nominated for Best Blues Album for Born to Play Guitar, will be part of next year's Experience Hendrix Tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 25. Click here.
-- Popera star Josh Groban, nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Stages, will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall March 1. Click here.
-- The legendary Tony Bennett, nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, will perform at the Mahaffey Theater on March 7. Click here.
-- The Florida Strawberry Festival will bring a nominee in on arch 12: Charlie Wilson, nominated for Best R&B Album for Forever Charlie. (Also performing that day is Merle Haggard, whose duet with Don Henley, The Cost of Living, was nominated for Best American Roots Song, although Haggard himself was technically not nominated.) Click here.
-- Costumed metal outfit Ghost, nominated for Best Metal Performance for Cirice, will perform at 98 Rockfest on April 29 at Amalie Arena. Click here.
-- Ellie Goulding, whose nominations include Best Solo Pop Performance for Love Me Like You Do, will be at Amalie Arena on June 2. Click here.
-- Jay Cridlin