Swift has a shot at Grammy record

Monday, January 25, 2010 at 12:59am

Will Taylor Swift begin 2010 the same way she ended 2009 — by winning awards?

Last year, Swift dominated every music and show and awards ceremony in sight, from becoming the youngest performer ever picked Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association to beating out Michael Jackson for the American Music Awards top honor. This Sunday she’ll face off against Beyonce to see who becomes the big winner at the 52nd annual Grammy awards ceremonies (7 p.m. on CBS).

Music City artists have captured 40 percent of the Record of the Year nominations, with Swift’s “You Belong With Me” and Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” vying with Beyonce’s “Halo,” “The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” for that prestigious award.

If by some miracle you haven’t heard these tunes, all five can be downloaded for anyone who doesn’t already own them and/or still wants to hear them.

CBS is banking on the Grammys to win some big early points as they head into the February sweeps, even though they’re airing it on Jan. 31, rather than in its customary early February spot. That’s because CBS is broadcasting the Super Bowl this year, and the Grammys are providing the network with an opportunity for some strategic cross marketing.

The show promises to be heavy on music performances, with more than 17 numbers slated.

All five Album of the Year nominees (Swift, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Eyed Peas) will do numbers. Others set to appear include Green Day, who will be joined by the cast of the upcoming musical version of the band’s American Idiot, along with Bon Jovi.

Plans call for a special 3-D tribute/video commemoration honoring Michael Jackson as well.

Should either Beyonce (up for 10 awards) and Swift (for eight) win six or more statuettes they will break the record for most Grammy awards won by a female artist in a single night. The possibility of seeing history being made only adds to perhaps the most anticipated Grammy show in many years.


‘Damages’ returns

When it debuted on FX July 24, 2007, not many people anticipated Damages could become as much of a signature show for the network as The Shield.

While its cast included a great and versatile performer (Glenn Close) in a fascinating role as ace cutthroat lawyer Patty Hewes, the fact the show spotlighted the inner workings of corporate lawsuits didn’t seem like a big audience winner.

But as it begins season number three Monday at 9 p.m., Damages has earned three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe, while providing plenty of prestige and attention for FX. After last season’s dynamic events that included the interaction of Hewes with a key figure from her past (William Hurt), plus a revenge plot against her by former protégé Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), the third year promises even more fireworks.

This year’s plot twists include Parsons getting closer to her actual family (with her mother played by Debra Monk) and working for the U.S. District Attorney’s office. That new job brings her back into conflict with Hewes when Parsons' office pursues a criminal case against Manhattan financier Louis Tobin (Len Cariou) just as Hewes’ firm files a civil one against that same individual.

With Lily Tomlin, Martin Short and Tate Donovan also part of the cast and such guest stars as Keith Carradine, Tom Noonan, Madchen Amick, Reiko Aylesworth and Sara Wynter, there’s sure to be plenty of sparks and theatrics on the third edition of Damages.