2012 Grammy nominations: The Band Perry, Skrillex, Foster the People, David Guetta among nominees coming to Tampa Bay
Among the major Grammy categories unveiled Wednesday night, only rising dubstep icon Skrillex (above) and coed country up-and-comers The Band Perry, both nominees for Best New Artist (and other awards), currently have shows coming up in Tampa Bay. Skrillex has a sold-out show at the Ritz Ybor on Dec. 16; The Band Perry will be at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City on March 7.
That said, if you look beyond the four major categories, some top Grammy nominees are coming to Tampa Bay in the very near future. A few cherry-picked highlights:
-- Foster the People: Kind of a stunner that they weren't nominated for Best New Artist, but at least they pulled in nominations for Best Alternative Album (Torches) and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group (Pumped Up Kicks). They're here this Saturday, as part of 97X Next Big Thing at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa.
-- Radiohead: Speaking of Best Alternative Album: Radiohead are perennial nominees in this category, as they are this year for The King Of Limbs. They also received nominations for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Music Video for Lotus Flower. And let's not forget about Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package! An important category, that. They'll be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Feb. 29. So will we. So should you.
-- David Guetta: The French DJ/producer who absolutely owns pop music right now (just ask Rihanna or Usher) is among the headliners at the 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball on Dec. 11 at the St. Pete Times Forum. He was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album (Nothing But The Beat) and Best Dance Recording for Sunshine, his collaboration with Avicii.
-- The Civil Wars: Another surprising Best New Artist omission, the rustic folk-country duo is nominated for Best Folk Album for Barton Hollow. The title track was nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group. They'll be at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 2.
-- Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter: This unlikely duo was also nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group (You And Tequila). They'll both be at Raymond James Stadium on June 2, along with Tim McGraw and Jake Owen.
-- Steve Earle: The country singer-songwriter is also nominated for Best Folk Album for I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. He'll play a solo acoustic show with wife Allison Moorer on Dec. 9 at the Orphuem in Ybor City.
-- Cee Lo Green: A nominee for Best Pop Vocal Album (The Lady Killer) and Best R&B Song and Best Traditional R&B Performance (Fool For You), he'll be at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Dec. 16.
-- Tony Bennett: He scored nominations for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group (Body and Soul, with the late Amy Winehouse) and Best Traditional Pop Album (Duets II). He'll be at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on March 23.
-- Marsha Ambrosius: Oddly enough, the former Floetry diva was supposed to be at the Straz Center tonight, Dec. 1. But her performance was postponed until Jan. 12. She was nominated for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song, both for Far Away.
-- Kelly Clarkson: Also nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, for her duet with Jason Aldean, Don't You Wanna Stay. She's at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 21.
-- Vince Gill: It's pretty much impossible for our celebrity doppelganger not to get nominated for a Grammy. This time it's for Best Country Song for Threaten Me With Heaven. He's at the Florida Strawberry Festival on March 6.
-- Zac Brown: Where are all these country nominees coming from? Brown was nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for Where The River Goes, his song from the Footloose soundtrack. The Zac Brown Band is coming to the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa on Jan. 28.
-- Neil Diamond: He's nominated for writing the liner notes to his album The Bang Years 1966-1968. Surely one of the proudest achievements of his career. He'll be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on June 3.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*