Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published December 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM | Page modified December 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Urban, Miguel prepare for Grammy nomination duet

It took a few tries, but Keith Urban and Miguel finally got into a groove while preparing for their upcoming collaboration at Friday's Grammy nominations concert.


AP Entertainment Writer

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

LOS ANGELES —

It took a few tries, but Keith Urban and Miguel finally got into a groove while preparing for their upcoming collaboration at Friday's Grammy nominations concert.

The country star and R&B singer rehearsed their rendition Thursday afternoon of Bill Withers "Ain't No Sunshine" inside the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

The pair, who has never performed together, spent most of their rehearsal time working out the kinks for a minimalist performance that features no band -- just a cellist, Urban on guitar and Miguel broadcasting the rest of the song from his laptop.

"That's our whole band right there," said Urban, looking cool on stage in a T-shirt and jeans after removing his leather jacket at the beginning of the practice.

While Miguel, who won the Grammy for best R&B song earlier this year for "Adorn," tinkered with the tune on his computer at one point during the rehearsal, Urban and the backup cellist broke into an impromptu rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" underneath the starry scene projected on screens above them.

"I don't have any of that on my laptop," joked Miguel.

After the duo finished their rehearsal, a giddy Lorde later took the stage to perform a pulsating, stripped-down version of her hit, "Royals." Dressed casually in a flowing white shirt, black jeans and purple lipstick, the breakout 17-year-old singer breezed through the song on her first attempt.

Other artists scheduled to appear at the nominations concert include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Robin Thicke, who will team up with T.I. and Earth, Wind and Fire to perform "Blurred Lines." The show will also feature pre-taped performances from Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

The 6-year-old nominations show returns to the Nokia Theatre after being held last year in Nashville, Tenn., at the Bridgestone Arena.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place Jan. 26 across the street at the Staples Center.

___

Online:

http://www.grammy.com

___

Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang



News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Subscribe today!

Subscribe today!

Get 8 weeks of digital access to The Seattle Times for $1

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising

The Seattle Times Historical Archives

Browse our newspaper page archives from 1900-1984

Autos news and research

Help for a leaky sunroof

Help for a leaky sunroof


Advertising
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►