Josh Butler • 9 February 2012

Award ceremonies seem to be taking a battering lately. No matter what prize is announced, and what shortlist of artists are nominated for any given award, online backlash begins almost immediately
* “why was (insert band) nominated and (insert band 2) wasn’t?”
* “the music industry is so out of touch.”
* “who is Arcade Fire?”

With an admittedly chequered past in terms of both staging, organisation and honouring of *ahem* questionable artists, at least the Grammys are trying to keep their ceremony eventful; or, at least, bizarre and wide-ranging enough to get people to watch out of sheer curiosity. The 2012 Grammy Awards have just released some details of artists who are to perform at their ceremony in LA next week, and it’s a pretty crazy list.

Jack Black, Drake, Fergie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ringo Starr, and ?uestlove have all previously been announced to strut their stuff on the Grammy stage, with other performers to include Coldplay and Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen and more; and today, the Grammys have announced plans of a special “dance/electronica” performance where Foo Fighters will collab with Deadmau5, and David Guetta will team up with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.


“Chris Brown, Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, David Guetta, and Lil Wayne will team for a special performance highlighting dance/electronica music for the first time ever,” states the Grammys website.

“The segment will take place across from Staples Center at the Nokia Plaza @ L.A. Live in a special outdoor tent to be constructed by renowned hospitality company the Light Group’s Haze Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.”

According to reports, Foo Fighters will perform with Deadmau5 on his remixed version of the Foo’s song “Rope,” which Deadmau5 received a Grammy nomination for.

Bon Iver has this week publicly withdrawn from performing at the ceremony, voicing his complaints that Grammys organisers wanted him to perform alongside another “more established” act; with Foo Fighters set for the most bizarre performance in TV history alongside Deadmau5, it’s not hard to see why Justin Vernon might have had some reservations about accepting the invitation to play.

Which of course begs the question… who was Bon Iver pencilled in to collaborate with? Katy Perry? Nicki Minaj? Bruce Springsteen? SKRILLEX?

Now THAT would be something to see…