The 2016 Grammy Awards are now less than a month away, and it’s expected that most of the big nominees, like Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and the Weeknd, will perform on the broadcast. We’d like to make a pitch for a fewer less-obvious choices whom we’d love to see take the stage on Grammy night at the Staples Center.
Kacey performed “Follow Your Arrow” on the Grammys two years ago, so she probably won’t get a chance to perform this time around, especially since country stars Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town are nominated for major awards too. Musgraves at least got her due with a Best Country Album nod for Pageant Material.
Another former Grammy performer, R&B star Miguel was one of the unsung musical heroes of 2015 with Wildheart, a trippy and lyrically-engaging soul record. Miguel is up for two awards this year, including Best R&B Song for “Coffee,” the album’s lead single.
Father John Misty
There’s zero chance of Father John Misty taking the stage at the Grammys this year, but we can still dream. The eloquent, humorous singer-songwriter did earn a nomination, but it was in the obscure Best Limited Edition Recording Package category rather than for his excellent album I Love You, Honeybear.
Another one from the “highly unlikely” department. Bjork has been nominated for more than a dozen Grammys in her career but has never won. This year, she’s up for Best Alternative Album for Vulnicura. The Grammys can sometimes be stuffy, predictable affairs, and a Bjork performance would ensure that would not be the case.
Leon Bridges should have been a Best New Artist nominee, but at least Coming Home was recognized in the Best R&B Album category. Bridges’ modern take on retro soul music was a welcome addition to pop music in 2015, and a Grammy performance would help him expand his audience further.
If there is an electronic music performance at the Grammys, it’s likely to be Disclosure or Skrillex and Diplo. But Jamie xx deserves a shot. His album In Colour scored a nod for Best Dance Album and produced one of the year’s most infectious songs, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).”