News Nuggets: Gaga, Aldean to perform at Grammy nominations concert

Performances announced for the Grammy nominations concert: “Five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga and country singer Jason Aldean have been tapped to performed at the Grammy Nominations Concert, which takes place live on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and is hosted by LL Cool J. Nominations in several categories will be announced during the show, with additional performers and presenters announced shortly. This is the fourth time nominations for the Grammy Awards have been announced on primetime television.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Listen to Jeff Wells, Sasha Stone, and Gold Derby’s own Tom O’Neil discuss the current state of the Oscar race in this week’s edition of “Oscar Poker.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Black Keys upset about MTV Award blunder: “Indie rockers The Black Keys are fuming with MTV Video Music Awards bosses for messing up the wording on their 2011 Breakthrough Video prize. The duo was on tour and couldn’t attend the prizegiving in August (11) and they were flabbergasted when their manager sent them a cellphone image of the ‘Moonman’ award, which listed the winners as the Black Eyed Peas. Revealing the blunder in a new GQ interview, Black Keys star Dan Auerbach says, ‘The plaque read… “The Black Eyed Peas – Tighten Up. Breakthrough Video.” I was just like, Wow. A channel that’s never respected us or played us to f**k us like that? It’s kind of awesome.'” CONTACT MUSIC

Eddie Murphy thinks he’ll be the worst Oscar host ever: “‘I think it’s so funny that people think I’m the perfect for this,’ he told Entertainment Tonight. ‘I’m going to be horrendous… I’m going to be the worst host ever. I’m going to wear a powered sky blue tuxedo and at the end of the evening I’m going to urinate on myself in front of a billion people,’ Murphy added … According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor revealed during a promotional event for ‘Tower Heist‘ that the hosting gig was all his idea. ‘The conversation came up about who would host, and [Brett Ratner] was saying different names,” Murphy said. “And I was like, you know, if I hosted that show, it would probably get nice little chatter for our movie before the movie came out – that I was hosting the Oscars. … And that’s kind of how it happened.'” CBS NEWS

Demian Bichir is a hidden treasure in this year’s Oscar race: “It’s a funny thing when some of the year’s best films aren’t films that anyone would seriously consider as Best Picture contenders. We know the way the Oscar race works by now. Oscar buzz should always come with a caveat: Oscar buzz for worthy stars. It doesn’t really cover the outsiders very well … So it is unlikely that an actor like Demian Bichir can realistically break into the Best Actor race. Not with the star power at play in that category, not with the hotter than hot movie stars who have their places already in line. But just because he might not crack the big five is no reason to not talk about Bichir and Christopher Weitz’s moving and relevant film ‘A Better Life.'” AWARDS DAILY

George Clooney shuns Oscar buzz: Hollywood star George Clooney shrugged off talk that he is already a top contender for next year’s awards … ‘I don’t pay attention to that,’ he told the press, including ABS-CBN Europe. ‘I’ve been on both sides of that equation a few times now, and what I have learnt about it is whenever someone says that, they’re complimenting the work and for that you say “thank you.” It’s a very nice thing to say. It’s the result of a lot of people doing a lot of hard work.'” ABS-CBN

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