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Music fans will be cozied up by the TV tonight to watch the 56th annual Grammy Awards, broadcast live from LA.  Not only will fans be sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of who will win the coveted award, but they will also be poised to see and hear some top-notched performances that are creating a lot of buzz.

Sunday is a big Nielsen ratings night for the popular TV show, Downton Abbey, but producers of the awards show are hoping to attract more viewers by including some exciting collaborative performances like Jay-Z and Beyonce; Robin Thicke and Chicago; and yes, a Beatles reunion with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. The remaining members of the ’60s band will take the stage to perform in a tribute to commemorate the British rockers’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago.

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Arcade Fire

It’s only Tuesday, and this has already been a huge week for music news. Starting with the stunning Grammy win by Canadian alt-rockers Arcade Fire, which capped off the highest-rated TV broadcast in 11 years, and followed by the surprise announcement of a brand-new Radiohead album release and the Wikipedia flame war set off by disgruntled Justin Bieber fans — it almost seems like the moribund music industry has developed a pulse.

And now comes the smashing Bonnaroo lineup announcement. Chock-full of Grammy winners and spanning every conceivable genre, Manchester (that’s Tennessee, not the UK) will be THE place to be on June 9-12, 2011.

Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, Bonnaroo has lined up Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys and a reunited Buffalo Springfield.  Other featured artists include My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, String Cheese Incident, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, The Decemberists, Ray Lamontagne, Bassnectar, Iron & Wine, Girl Talk, Primus, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Pretty Lights, Explosions in the Sky, STS9, Gogol Bordello, Beirut, Big Boi, Scissor Sisters, Gregg Allman, Ratatat, Robyn, Warren Haynes Band and Deerhunter.

If you can’t make it to Bonnaroo, but have a hankering for music-inspired travel, be sure to check out our rock ‘n’ roll vacation ideas and slideshows.

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