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Keith Urban, Miguel Grammy nominations live performance rehearsal gets 'Merry'

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Keith Urban, Miguel Grammy nominations live performance rehearsal gets 'Merry'

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Dec 6, 2013

They've never performed together but the pairing of country superstar Keith Urban and Grammy-winning R&B singer Miguel promises to be a unique collaboration during tonight's "Grammy Nominations Live" telecast from Los Angeles.

The Associated Press reports that at Thursday's rehearsal the two worked out the kinks for what will be a "a minimalist performance that features no band." Instead, they'll feature just a cellist, Keith on guitar and Miguel broadcasting the rest of the song from his laptop.

"That's our whole band right there." Keith said. At one point during the rehearsal, while Miguel was  tinkering with his computer, Keith and the cellist performed an an impromptu rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

"I don't have any of that on my laptop," Miguel was reported to have jokingly told the pair.

Also on tap during the telecast, in addition to the Grammy nominations that will be revealed, is a taped performance from Taylor Swift, who will be seen on stage in Sydney, Australia. The seven-time Grammy recipient will perform her smash hit, "I Knew You Were Trouble." 

The Recording Academy's Grammy Recordings and Atlantic Records will the "2014 Grammy Nominees" album on Jan. 21. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the collections that each year feature a wide range of artists from several musical genres. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will help support the year-round efforts of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares Foundation -- two charitable organizations of the Recording Academy. Pre-orders for the album begin today at www.GRAMMY.com/2014GRAMMYAlbum or CBS.com. You can also enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will take place Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The live show will air at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.

"The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" airs tonight at 10:00 PM ET on CBS, hosted by LL Cool J. Be sure to check Nashville Edge and Now Trending for complete coverage of the Grammy nominations as they're revealed. 

Stephen L. Betts

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Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.