News Nuggets: Bon Iver snubs the Grammys

Why multiple-nominee Bon Iver isn’t performing at the Grammys: “Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon says his band turned down an offer to play the upcoming Grammy Awards telecast because they were not comfortable with the required collaborative appearance … The problem, said Vernon, was not the musicians with whom Bon Iver was being asked to perform. ‘Awesome people,’ he said, without naming them. ‘People I would love to play a song with. But you know what? F*ckin’ rock & roll should not be decided by people that have that job [booking the show]. Rock & roll should be the f*ckin’ people with guitars around their backs.'” ROLLING STONE

Is Tony-winner Idina Menzel returning to Broadway? “In a press release for her new recording [‘Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony’], the actress says she hopes to return to Broadway soon in ‘a brand new, original show that I’m not allowed to talk about, but really excites me.’ The ‘Glee‘ star, who also plans to go back on tour this summer, added, ‘My biggest project right now is trying to be a really great mom and learning how to balance family and career. I’m just trying to spend as much time with my family as I can.'” PLAYBILL

New Grammy ad proves that Taylor Swift can’t beatbox: “In a just-released promo for the Grammy Awards (which air next Sunday, Feb. 12), host LL Cool J and performer-nominee Swift are hanging out around a huge novelty award — you know, like they always do. LL busts into some old-school beatboxing, but when Swift jumps in to add some mouth scratches and throat samples, things get goofy pretty fast (which, to her credit, she clearly realizes).” EW.COM

Debating Oscar’s ever-controversial foreign-film policy: “Today, two of THR’s Oscar-season experts – Features Executive Editor Stephen Galloway and Editor-at-Large Kim Masters – sat down with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign language film selection committee, for a candid discussion about how the process of choosing foreign films is and isn’t working … Galloway introduced the lengthy chat with a detailed description of the nomination process for the Foreign Language Film category, then engaged Johnson in a contentious but respectful debate about how best to recognize the greatest achievements in world cinema each year.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Paramount campaigns for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” on TV: “A Paramount spokesperson told me the studio is stepping up ‘Transformers’’ Oscar visibility and trying to make a ‘big statement’ about considering crafts nominations in general. For that they think emphasizing the work of the artists in TV and online spots is the best way to showcase it for Academy voters, who may not be so savvy in these areas and just tend to check off a vote for their favorite film rather than what is necessarily the most deserving achievement.” DEADLINE

Louis C.K. is writing and producing a sitcom for CBS: “The show, about an ‘ensemble of young people who are trying to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times,’ is co-created with Spike Feresten, his old pal from his Letterman writing room days. (Feresten has also written for ‘The Simpsons‘ and ‘Seinfeld.’ More interestingly: He hosted Fox’s late-night program ‘Talkshow with Spike Feresten’ for three years without anyone ever really knowing it existed.)” GRANTLAND

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