Van Halen to Appear at Grammy Nominations Special, Possibly Perform at Awards Ceremony
The reveal came by way of a hint on Twitter. Previously announced artists attending the Nov. 30 concert and televised announcement ceremony include Lady Gaga, Sugarland and Ludacris.
The Grammy nominations concert has certainly grown in stature and diversity. This year’s televised event on November 30, which lists nominees in several major categories, will feature performances by Lady Gaga, Sugarland, Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco, Jason Aldean and ... Van Halen?
That seems to be the case according to a not-so-cryptic tweet that appeared on the official Grammy Twitter feed on Nov. 3 and read:
“Who do u predict the reuniting band will be @ #GRAMMYnoms? Does this hint make u wanna “Jump” & “Dance the Night Away”?
Van Halen, who reunited with original frontman David Lee Roth in 2006, are reported to have signed a new recording contract with Columbia Records prompting speculation as to whether a release date will be announced at the Grammy event. The band was previously a part of the Warner Bros. family for 35 years. A new album will mark Roth’s first recordings with the band since 1984.
A reformed Van Halen, with guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang replacing bassist Michael Anthony, toured North America in 2007 and 2008. Still, fans are itching to hear new music and even though the band only won one Grammy in their career (Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal in 1991 for the album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, which featured singer Sammy Hagar), the nominations concert may just be the right venue.
For now, a Van Halen appearance has yet to be confirmed by the Recording Academy, although a press release issued on Thursday touted "a special, live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic band reunion set to take place on the GRAMMY stage on Feb. 12, 2012."
The Grammy nominations concert will air live on CBS from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater. The 54th annual Grammy Awards are held at L.A.'s Staples Center and also broadcast on CBS.