Carroll County Times

Grammy Awards features return of Adele, Chris Brown

The Grammy Awards will feature plenty of comebacks, but not as many awards as in years past.

Adele will perform for the first time since throat surgery, Chris Brown will return for the first time since a career-derailing assault and Lady Antebellum will be back to present one year after winning five awards.

The 54th annual Grammy Awards take place at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Grammys will be broadcast locally on CBS affiliate WJZ, cable channel 13.

Returning to the stage


British pop star Adele, nominated for five Grammys, will be performing for the first time since undergoing throat surgery in November. She is nominated in several major categories, including Record of the Year for "Rolling in the Deep" and Album of the Year for "21."

Chris Brown is making a return to the Grammys in a performance that comes three years after he assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna prior to the 2009 awards show.

Lady Antebellum will be back to present. The country group, which previously performed at the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair, won five Grammys last year, more than any other act.

Fewer awards


Last April, Grammy president Neil Portnow announced categories would be trimmed to 78 for this year's awards.

Last year, there were 109 categories.

In a second major rules change, voters can now vote in up to 20 categories in genre fields in addition to the main awards, which include Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Previously, voters could vote in just nine genre fields. The awards are broken up into several different genres, ranging from country to dance/electronica.

First-time performers

Just one week after performing as part of the Super Bowl halftime show, Nicki Minaj will make her Grammy performing debut.

Minaj, who is nominated for Best New Artist, will be releasing a new album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," in April.

Country stars Jason Aldean and The Band Perry will also be making their Grammy performing debuts.

Aldean's duet with former "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay," is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group performance.

The Band Perry, which performed at the Carroll County 4H & FFA Fair in 2010, is nominated in the Best New Artist category alongside Minaj.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.