1. JT is back.
It’s been a long five years since Justin Timberlake has released new tunes. For this musical resurrection, JT might not be bringing “Sexy Back,” but he is showing off his “Suit & Tie.” One month ago, Timberlake alerted his fans that he had secretly been recording in the studio since June 2012. The pop singer, who has kept busy showing off his acting chops and getting married to Jessica Biel, is now cementing his return to the industry with a performance on the biggest music stage – the Grammys. Timberlake is no stranger to the awards show – he’s a 6-time winner – and all eyes will be on him to bring down the house as the best performer Sunday night. Here’s to hoping he gives us a medley of his old hits as well as a cameo from “Suit and Tie” collaborator Jay-Z.
2. Keep classy and cover-up.
Uh oh – some of music’s biggest artists might be doing a quick change before the awards show this weekend after a leaked memo from CBS to the attendees stated they were banning risqué outfits and nudity. The memo stated in part, “please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered,” so now the big question is what stars like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce are going to show up in?! Many iconic moments in red carpet fashion history have happened at the Grammys (three words – J.Lo’s green dress), so we are looking forward to seeing if music’s finest decide to abide by the rules or break them. Here’s more of that memo: “Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible ‘puffy' bare skin exposure.”
3. Chris and Rihanna’s Grammy reunion?
Yes we are aware that Chris and Rihanna both attended the Grammy Awards last year, but this year the duo has renewed our attention by seemingly rekindling their romance. This Grammy weekend is the 4-year anniversary of the 2009 beating incident, and it seems that all has been forgiven as Ri Ri & Chris have been spotted together all over town in the recent months. If we had any doubts about their reunion, the pop princess made it clear she was standing behind Brown as she showed up to support him at a court hearing for potential probation violation just days ago. We’ll just wait and see if the couple will walk the red carpet together or grace the Grammy stage for a much-rumored duet of their collaboration track “Nobody’s Business.”
4. Who run the world? Girls.
Beyonce might not be a nominee this year, but her girl power anthem is still ringing true as only females are nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Performance category. Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen are all contenders for the big award, and we are looking forward to seeing which diva takes the crown. Adele was the Grammy darling to beat last year, but this is her only nomination for 2013. Both Katy and Carly Rae are looking to nab their first Grammys, but Adele, Kelly and Rihanna are just looking for another one to add to their mantles. No matter who comes out on top, we are looking forward to seeing all the lovely ladies and their appropriate (see number 2) Grammy gowns.
5. The newcomers have arrived.
While the Grammys have been known to give the most love to traditional music legends, this year the awards show is going to include some fresh faces. Stars like Fun., Ed Sheeran, Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers, and Frank Ocean are all getting nods from the Academy. You might not recognize all of these artists by name yet, but your ears definitely perk up at their hit songs. And if history has any way of repeating itself, the Best New Artist Grammy winner will soon be one you know very well. Past winners include a few people you might know - Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5 and even The Beatles.
Tune in before the Grammys on Sunday, February 10 for a special edition of Showbiz Tonight "Showbiz at the Grammys" on HLN at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET.
For all the Grammy highlights after the big show, catch a special edition of Showbiz Tonight on Morning Express on Monday, February 11 at 10 a.m. ET for the Grammy's biggest highlights.