Rihanna and Taylor Swift Will Perform at the Grammys

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Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and the Black Keys are set to perform live at the Grammys. The initial group of artists were announced Wednesday, and the early list is damn impressive. Also: Beyonce will sing at President Obama's inauguration, the Les Miserables soundtrack is tearing up the charts, and more ahead.
Meet This Year's Grammy Performers
Music's biggest night will feature plenty of star power, as Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and the Black Keys have all been invited to perform live at the Grammys this year. Other artists set to take the stage include indie pop darlings fun., and British folk rockers Mumford and Sons. More performers are set to be announced shortly, which leaves open the depressing possibility of a Chris Brown and Rihanna duet.

The Black Keys and fun. each scored six nominations, and will go head-to-head for Album of the Year. Neither band has performed at the Grammys in the past, so expect them to make the most of their appearances. Rihanna isn't likely to receive much hardware this year, as she's only up for one award, Best Pop Solo Performance. For whatever reason, Grammy voters dismissed her latest album, Talk That Talk.

Swift's "We Are Never Getting Back Together" is up for Record of the Year, which in Grammy speak means single of the year. She's never won that honor, though she has taken home six Grammys in the past, and she got to host the event last year. Surely that counts for something.

Hosted by LL Cool J, the Grammys will be broadcast live (except on the West Coast) on CBS, Sunday February 10 at 8pm.

Beyonce Will Sing to the President
USA Today reports Beyonce will sing the national anthem at President Barack Obama's second inauguration. The performance will take place on the steps of the Capitol building. If you don't want to go to D.C. and sit outside in the cold, you can always watch from the comfort of your couch. James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson will also perform at the event, which is scheduled for January 21.

It's no secret Beyonce loves the President. She and her husband Jay-Z were major fundraisers for Obama during his latest campaign, and following his reelection, Beyonce posted a hand written note praising the POTUS.
Les Miserables Tops the Charts
The Les Miserables soundtrack powered its way to the top of the Billboard album chart this week, selling nearly 100,000 copies. Why continually pay for expensive tickets, popcorn, and parking, when you could drop $15.99 and own all the songs forever? As fun as it is to sit next to crying middle-aged women in a packed movie theater, it's also great to sing along in the privacy of your home.

Despite a 32 percent drop from its first week sales, the Les Mis soundtrack managed to edge out Mumford and Sons at the top of the charts. The band shipped 91,000 copies of their latest album, Babel.

Here's Anne Hathaway singing "I Dreamed a Dream."

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