Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl: Adele 'gives us all hope'
Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl feels proud to help represent the rock genre at the 2012 Grammy Awards, which will see his band competing against singers such as British pop and soul singer Adele.
The ceremony takes place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12 and airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. Grohl's band has six Grammys under its belt and is nominated for six more this year. The group's record "Wasting Light" is up for Album of the Year, whose other nomininees are Adele, with "21," Lady Gaga, with "Born This Way," Bruno Mars, with "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" and Rihanna, with "Loud."
"I'm glad that we're with Adele in the same category," Grohl, 42, told the Associated Press. "It means we've done something right. I think she gives us all hope. She's made an incredible record, and she's an incredibly talented artist, so maybe it is true that the cream actually rises to the top. There's a reason why that record is so (expletive) huge. It's good. It's inspiring when something legitimate gets recognized for what it is. It's such a cliche, but it's a huge achievement to be nominated."
When asked how he feels about being the ceremony's "rock spokesman," Grohl told the Associated Press: "I feel a little bit of responsibility and a lot of pride."
"I'm (expletive) proud to be in the (expletive) Foo Fighters," he said "We're a real (expletive) band. If I were a kid in (expletive) Tulsa, Okla., who loves rock bands and plays with my rock band in the garage, and I turned on the Grammys and saw a rock band with choreographed dancers playing to computers, I'd be bummed until the Foo Fighters came on, and then I'd think, 'Oh, good, humans that play instruments.'"
Foo Fighters are also set to perform at the event. The band is set to take the stage with Chris Brown, deadmau5, Foo Fighters, David Guetta and Lil Wayne for a "special performance highlighting dance/electronica music," that has never been seen before at a Grammys ceremony, The Recording Academy, which votes on the Grammy winners, announced on Tuesday, February 7.
Brown, a pop and R&B singer who is nominated for three awards, has been absent from the Grammys since 2009, when he assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party. Brown is on probation for the felony offense. Rihanna, another R& star, is also set to perform at the 2012 Grammys with the rock band Coldplay. She is nominated for four individual Grammys and has three under her belt.
Other performers include Adele, who underwent surgery on her vocal cords last fall, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
Carrie Underwood, who has five Grammys and is this year nominated for Best Country Solo Performance, is scheduled to sing with Tony Bennett. The crooner has won 14 Grammys and this year received two nods, include one for "Body and Soul," his duet with late singer Amy Winehouse that is featured on his "Duets II" album. He and Underwood sing "It Had To Be You" on the record.
Other performers include Mars, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton; Paul McCartney; Nicki Minaj; Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band.
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Ratt are set to present a tribute to Grammy-winning blues singer Etta James, who died in January at age 73 after battling cancer, the Recording Academy announced on Tuesday.