Listen up kirtan fans, the voice of your Om Nama Shivayatude, Krishna Das, will be performing live at the Grammys this Sunday, Feb. 10 in the pre-telecast ceremony! OK, so it’s not during the primetime show, and no he will not be collaborating with the Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting ensemble, sadly. But hey, you can watch the performance online around 1pm PT/4pm ET and maybe everyone will get so deep into it they’ll snap out of blissful chanty town only to find it’s 6 hours later and all the Grammy statues are repurposed as Hindu deities. It’s a kirtanomous miracle!
Krishna Das is nominated in the Best New Age Album category for Live Ananda which was released digitally in January 2012 and recently dropped in “hard” format, or whatever the Flintstones call it these days. Live Ananda was, of course, recorded live at Ananda Ashram in upstate NY.
The full list of category nominees and KD’s competitors are:
- Echoes Of Love by Omar Akram; Label: Real Music
- Live Ananda by Krishna Das; Label: Krishna Das Music
- Bindu by Michael Brant DeMaria; Label: Ontos Music
- Deep Alpha by Steven Halpern; Label: Steven Halpern’s Inner Peace Music
- Light Body by Peter Kater; Label: Mysterium Music
- Troubadours On The Rhine by Loreena McKennitt; Label: Verve
Troubadors schmoubadors. It’s in the bag, buddy.
Amazingly enough, for the long few hours the main show is on TV only country, folk, rock, pop, R&B and hip hop awards are announced alongside this year’s 16 pop star-studded performances. The other categories don’t lend themselves so well to pyrotechnics, backup dancers or tugging hipster heart strings so the winners will be announced at a separate, undoubtedly more dignified and certainly more fun ceremony. Who needs millions of viewers, anyway?
What’s also sort of strange about this is KD is scheduled to be leading an Omega Institute Heart of Devotion retreat in Costa Rica from Feb 9-16. So either they’re cutting the man a Grammy break, or they’ll have to do the only other logical thing, yogi teleportation. (Or there’s satellite of course. But that’s sort of a “live” Grammy performance buzzkill isn’t it?)
The full list of live performers in the pre-telecast will be: Krishna Das for Best New Age Album for Live Ananda; eight blackbird for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for “Meanwhile”; Fullbright for Best Americana Album for From The Ground Up; Masekela for Best World Music Album for Jabulani; Tyrese for Best R&B Album for Open Invitation; and Varner for Best R&B Song for “Refill.”
Watch it live online Sun Feb 10 here.
So we know who will perform at the show – see list below. Who would you most love to see KD perform with?
- Jack White
- Justin Timberlake
- The Black Keys
- Elton John and Ed Sheeran
- Frank Ocean
- Mumford & Sons
- Kelly Clarkson
- Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert
- The Lumineers
- Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys
- Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting
- Rihanna (solo)
- Taylor Swift
- Carrie Underwood
- Justin Beiber
[photo via KD facebook]