GRAMMY Nominees Set To Shine at MSG This Year
The GRAMMY Awards return to Madison Square Garden on January 28th for the first time in fifteen years and fourth time overall. The 60th anniversary show promises a powerful, multi-genre list of nominees and will feature performances by everyone from U2 to Bruno Mars to Elton John with Miley Cyrus. Several of the major acts nominated, including Foo Fighters, P!nk, Tyler the Creator and composer Ramin Djawadi of Game of Thrones fame, will return to MSG in 2018 to play full headlining concerts. Latin GRAMMY winners Shakira and Juanes will also bring tours to The World’s Most Famous Arena this year. Here’s what fans can expect from these spectacular artists when they hit the stage for full concerts in the coming months:
Tyler, the Creator at The Theater at MSG
Tyler, The Creator brings songs from his chart-topping Flower Boy album to The Theater at Madison Square Garden for a pair of hotly anticipated shows on February 23-24. The fiery rapper’s fourth offering – which included cameos from Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith and Lil Wayne – is also his first GRAMMY nomination in the Best Rap Album category. Look for a concert that includes performances of “Biking,” his studio collaboration with Ocean and Jay-Z, plus standout tracks “Who Dat Boy,” “911/Mr. Lonely” and “I Ain’t Got Time!” The California native born Tyler Gregory Okonma is known to freestyle at will to the excitement of fans. He will also be joined by support act Vince Staples, who is riding high on the success of last year’s superb Big Fish Theory and the popular track “BagBak.” Meanwhile, Travis “Taco” Bennett, a member of the Odd Future hip hop collective that Tyler, The Creator co-founded, will also be on hand to get the crowd hyped.
P!nk at Madison Square Garden
Pop music titan P!nk – who is up for Best Pop Solo Performance honors with “What About Us” and has three past GRAMMY wins – touches down at Madison Square Garden on April 4-5. Supporting her latest album Beautiful Trauma, the singer is sure to please fans with new material including “Whatever You Want” and “Revenge,” her heralded collaboration with Eminem. Attendees should also count on hearing blockbuster hits from all facets of her career, including “Get The Party Started,” “Just Give Me a Reason,” “Just Like Fire” and “Raise Your Glass.” Of course, the superstar has been known to provide her fair share of surprises in concert. P!nk has a history of acrobatic routines dating back to her high-flying 2014 GRAMMY performance of “Try” and she is prone to cover everything from 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” to Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” during her shows.
Juanes at The Theater at MSG
Columbian superstar Juanes will take the Theater at MSG stage on April 27 in a pairing with singer Mon Laferte and special guest Caloncho. Juanes recently won two new Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Best Pop/Rock Album for his 2017 studio offering, Mis Planes Son Amarte. The North American Amarte tour is built around that record, which has been called the first major “visual album” by a Latin American Artist. To date, the former Ekhymosis frontman has sold over 15 million albums globally and has 20 Latin GRAMMYs and five GRAMMY Awards to his credit. He is best known for popular hits and live staples “Dios Le Pido” (2002) and “La Camisa Negra” (2004). Newer favorites like “Fuego” (2017) and “La Luz” (2014) have bookended his show in recent appearances. As for co-headliner Mon Laferte, the Chilean chanteuse pulled down a Latin GRAMMY of her own this year with “Amarrame” in the Best Alternative Song category. She first came to notoriety with the 2015 single “Tu Falta de Querer.” Mexican performer Caloncho will open the show with music from his recent album, Balsamo.
Kendrick Lamar with SZA and the TDE Roster at Madison Square Garden
Tickets go on sale Friday January 26 for superstar Kendrick Lamar’s May 29 headlining performance at The Garden as part of the TDE: The Championship Tour. News of the Top Dawg Entertainment package tour – which will also include SZA, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SiR and Lance Skiiwalker – comes as we anticipate a Grammy performance from Lamar and SZA on January 28. “Humble” artist Lamar has seven Grammy nominations for DAMN. and Best New Artist nominee SZA has five for Ctrl. Lamar co-produced the soundtrack for the upcoming Black Panther soundtrack and appears with SZA on the first single, “All the Stars.”Fans should expect that some of the many existing TDE collaborations will make for an exciting and unique evening at MSG.
Foo Fighters at Madison Square Garden
Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters return to MSG for only the third time in their history for a two night engagement on July 16-17. Touring on the strength of their ninth album Concrete and Gold, the band is nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Rock Performance category for the single “Run.” The album has been defined by Grohl as a place where “hard rock extremes and pop sensibilities collide.” Come to think of it, the Foos litany of hits, including recent set list inclusions like “All My Life,” “Learn to Fly,” “These Days” and “Monkey Wrench” fit that description. If the first leg of the tour was any indication, attendees will hear strong new songs like “The Sky is a Neighborhood” alongside classics like “Times Like These” from the band, which is rounded out by guitarists Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, bassist Nate Mendel, drummer Taylor Hawkins and keyboardist Rami Jaffee. Grohl also has a couple of surprises up his sleeve this time out, including rotating tributes to everyone from Queen and Tom Petty to Steve Miller and the Ramones. Which covers the Foo Fighters will play in NYC is anyone’s guess.
Shakira at Madison Square Garden
Latin pop sensation Shakira will perform at Madison Square Garden for the first time in eight years on August 10. The tour in support of her eleventh album El Dorado – which recently won the Best Contemporary Pop Album honors at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards – the world music diva promises an exciting and highly-charged concert. Shakira’s recent singles “Me Enamore” and “Perro Fiel” will undoubtedly be featured when the global superstar – who has sold over 125 million albums – arrives in Manhattan this summer. Fans should also count on a scorching presentation of her English language smash “Hips Don’t Lie” and a creative presentation of past hits like “La Tortura,” plus amazing visuals and eye-popping dance moves. The Columbian icon, 40, who has been on the mend since she suffered a hemorrhage to her right vocal cord last year, expects to be fully recovered by the time she brings her charismatic and heartfelt show to The Garden. Get your tickets now.
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience at Madison Square Garden
Composer Ramin Djawadi will again conduct an 80-piece orchestra and choir on October 3 when the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience returns to The Garden. Djawadi – who has been nominated for a GRAMMY for his work on the seventh season of the beloved HBO fantasy series – will begin his second world tour with the show this year. Utilizing a 360-degree stage, LED telescoping and wall screens as well as special 3D designs that rise up from the floor, fans can even expect a weirwood tree to rise up out of the main stage. The show serves as both a thank you to the show’s devoted followers and an appreciation of Djawadi’s lush and artful score. Count on clips of favorite characters from the television series to elicit cheers when they are flashed on massive screens above the orchestra. At the first Garden performance in March 2017, a confetti snowstorm and abundant pyrotechnics made the Game of Thrones Concert Experience one that fans will cherish.