Grammys get a boost with Aerosmith

In what might be an attempt to appeal to an audience that they’ve disregarded for the last few years, the Grammy Awards will include Aerosmith among the artists that will perform at the 2020 event on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

As part of the ceremonies, Aerosmith will also be honored as the 2020 MusiCares Person Of The Year. The tribute will take place during the 30th-anniversary MusiCares benefit gala, two nights prior to the 62nd annual Grammy Awards telecast.

In recent years, the ‘rock’ category has become an afterthought, with the announcement of winners not even being part of the live broadcast. The days when a ‘rock’ act performed on the telecast have also disappeared.  Coincidentally the viewing audience numbers have declined. Aerosmith isn’t saving rock, but their appearance is a good sign for fans of music with an edge.

Aerosmith recently extended its “Deuces Are Wild” Las Vegas residency with 15 more dates in early 2020 due to “extraordinary demand.” The band has been playing without drummer Joey Kramer, who is recovering after twisting his ankle during rehearsal. Filling in for him is Kramer’s drum tech, John Douglas. The band’s last studio album was 2012’sMusic From Another Dimension!’

The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Also scheduled to appear are Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. The event will once again be hosted by Alicia Keys.


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