Grammy Preview: Timberlake On Grammys

Paul Grein
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Justin Timberlake will need to put on that “Suit & Tie.” He’s been added to the bill for the 55th annual Grammy Awards. It will be Timberlake’s first appearance on the Grammy telecast since 2009, when he and T.I. performed their smash “Dead And Gone.” The Recording Academy didn’t announce what song Timberlake would perform, and didn’t announce Jay-Z as a co-performer, so it’s possible that Timberlake will do a song other than his current hit, “Suit & Tie.”

“Suit & Tie” drops from #4 to #13 in its third week on the Hot 100.

Timberlake will release his third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, on March 19. It’s his first album since FutureSex/LoveSounds, which came out in September 2006. That’s a very long gap between albums, but Timberlake has been busy doing other things. He has acted in such movies as The Social Network and Trouble With The Curve, lent his voice to two animated movies, Shrek The Third and Yogi Bear, and made a series of acclaimed appearances on Saturday Night Live. He has won four Emmys for his work on SNL, two for hosting and two for original music and lyrics, including the notorious “Dick In A Box.”

FutureSex/LoveSounds topped The Billboard 200 for two weeks and spawned three #1 singles on the Hot 100: “SexyBack” (featuring Timbaland), “My Love” (featuring T.I.) and “What Goes Around…Comes Around.” Timberlake performed “What Goes Around…Comes Around” and “My Love” on the Grammys in 2007.

Timberlake’s first solo album, Justified, debuted and peaked at #2 on The Billboard 200. (It was kept out of the top spot by the 8 Mile soundtrack. (Timberlake has since surpassed that movie’s star, Eminem, as a multi-media star. Eminem has since mostly focused on his music.) Justified spawned two top five hits on the Hot 100: “Cry Me A River” and “Rock Your Body.”

Timberlake has amassed six Grammys, but he has yet to win in one of the marquee categories. Justified was nominated for Album of the Year for 2003, but lost to OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. FutureSex/LoveSounds was nominated for Album of the Year for 2006, but lost to Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way. “What Goes Around…Comes Around” was nominated for Record of the Year the following year, but lost to Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab.”

Also set to appear 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, as well as two pairings: pop stars Elton John and Ed Sheeran and country stars Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.