After that hesitant, dramatic semi-announcement that he was returning to music, you might expect Justin Timberlake to play it low-key.
You know, release a single here, perform at a private charity Super Bowl party there.
But no - the almost 32-year-old, who celebrates his birthday Thursday, isn't staying small-time with his comeback. He's taking his return tour to the Grammys.
The list of performers for this year's Grammy Awards thus far nearly mirrors the list of lead nominees, with a few exceptions: no Kanye West, no Jay-Z and no Frank Ocean. Well, not yet, anyway.
55th Annual Grammy Awards: Nominees list
On Wednesday, the Recording Academy revealed the first round of acts who will take the stage on February 10, which includes repeat Grammy Awards performers like Rihanna, Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift, as well as first-timers like Fun. and The Black Keys.
The Recording Academy showed appreciation for a variety of young artists this year, but they didn't extend any of that love toward Justin Bieber.
The 18-year-old pop star didn't snag a Grammy nod Wednesday for his album "Believe," or any of its singles. Instead, the six artists at the top of the nominees pile include Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Jay-Z, Kanye West and Fun., who earned six nods each.
If you're Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, you look at that and think the Recording Academy "blew it."
When the Grammy Nominations Concert wrapped up in Nashville on Wednesday, the night was likely still young for Fun. because the group had plenty to celebrate.
The band joined The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Mumford & Sons as the lead nominees for the 55th Grammy Awards, with each earning six nods.
As host of the 2012 Grammy Awards, LL Cool J was at home preparing for the next night's ceremony when he got the February 11 call that Whitney Houston had died.
After hearing that, the rapper-turned-actor told CNN Monday, there was really only one thing he could do to move forward with the celebration of the best in music as the industry reeled from such a loss: to open the ceremony with a prayer.
With barely a day to prepare, the Recording Academy pulled off a heartfelt and meaningful tribute to honor Whitney Houston’s legacy at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Music industry insiders say that short notice might have been a blessing in disguise.
When a tribute performance is packed with effects and as many celebrities as possible, it becomes a little schmaltzy, said Lyndsey Parker, the managing editor of Yahoo! Music. Jennifer Hudson singing “I Will Always Love You,” with a single spotlight shining down on her, was tasteful and embodied what Houston was all about, Parker added.
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