Grammy Preview: Call Me Maybe Not

Paul Grein
Stop The Presses!

The Recording Academy has announced that Carly Rae Jepsen will present an award on this year’s Grammy telecast on Feb. 10. That almost certainly means that Jepsen wasn’t asked to perform on the show (if she had been, they would have announced her as a performer). This is the second time the academy has slighted Jepsen, whose fizzy “Call Me Maybe” was the second biggest hit of 2012. The first came in December when she was passed over for a nomination for Best New Artist (though she was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance).

Katy Perry, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban will also present awards on the show, along with Neil Patrick Harris and Kaley Cuoco, who co-star in CBS sitcoms.

This suggests that Perry (who is also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Wide Awake”) likewise wasn’t asked to perform on the show. That is hardly a snub, though. Perry has performed on the Grammys in three of the last four years. Virtually no one gets an invitation to perform every year. And Perry was between new albums last year. With Jepsen, by contrast, last year was very likely the peak of her career.

The academy also announced that Frank Ocean will perform on the show. The critically-lauded star is nominated for three of the “Big Four” awards: Album of the Year for Channel Orange, Record of the Year for “Thinkin Bout You” and Best New Artist.

Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 will also perform together on the show. Both are past winners for Best New Artist (for 2001 and 2004). Both performed on last year’s show as well: Keys in tribute to Etta James, who died in January 2012; Maroon 5 as part of a 50th anniversary salute to the Beach Boys. Keys and Maroon 5 comprise the third pairing of performers to be announced for this year’s show, following pop singer/songwriters Elton John and Ed Sheeran and country stars Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

Also set to perform on the show are fun., which received nominations in all of “Big Four” categories, the Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Jack White, the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.