Listen quietly. That soft hum heard in the distance isn't your television set or your tinnitus. It's a medley, one slammed together by an all-star cast of pop stars and a reminder that the 2013 Grammy Awards are not all that far away.
OK, so we don't actually know what the medley is yet, but the Recording Academy, the music industry body that hosts the Grammy Awards, is already making noise regarding next year's ceremony. This morning, the academy revealed that Bruce Springsteen will be feted as the 2013 Musicares Person of the Year. Musicares, the charitable spinoff of the Recording Academy, is to host an A-list gala two nights before the Grammys on Feb. 8.
It's typical for the Musicares honoree to receive a lengthy tribute section on the Grammy telecast. Paul McCartney was recognized in 2012, and he performed twice on this year's broadcast, once with new song "My Valentine" and another with the grand finale medley from "Abbey Road" featuring "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight" and "The End." The show-closing performance featured an assist from none other than Springsteen.
Springsteen, of course, is no stranger to the Grammy Awards. He opened the 2012 show with his recent single, "We Take Care of Our Own." Its accompanying album, "Wrecking Ball," was released in March of this year and should be considered a favorite for multiple Grammy nods, especially with its heavy political and social undercurrent. To date, he's received 20 Grammy Awards.