GRAMMY Insider: Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Lady Antebellum, Kanye West, Robert Plant
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including new album releases, tour updates, notable TV appearances, interviews, and more.)
Forget Shark Week, get ready for Timberweek. Justin Timberlake announced via Twitter that he will kick off round two of a weeklong co-hosting stint on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" beginning Aug. 12. The well-received first Timberweek took place in March. … Daft Punk will reportedly make a surprise appearance on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25 in Brooklyn, N.Y. But their appearance will come at the expense of "daft punking" GRAMMY-winning comedian Stephen Colbert, given the duo's last-minute cancellation of their scheduled performance on "The Colbert Report." Instead of getting even, Colbert got lucky on Aug. 6 by inviting several of his celebrity friends to join him for a humorous performance of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" hit on his annual summer concert special, Stephest Colbchella '013.
Speaking of the MTV VMAs, Kanye West will take the stage for his seventh performance on the telecast, matching a record set by Madonna. West, who made his debut VMA performance with Chaka Khan in 2004, will perform "Black Skinhead" from his latest album, Yeezus. Tune in to find out if West walks on water. … They're golden and she's a gold dust woman. The episode of CMT's "Crossroads" featuring Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks will air Sept. 13.
Tom Petty will continue to run down his dream with the release of his 13th studio album with the Heartbreakers in early 2014. "I always say this, but I'm tremendously excited for this one," Petty told Rolling Stone. "It's not like anything we've ever done." … John Mayer is set to release his sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, on Aug. 20. The set will feature collaborations with Frank Ocean on "Wildfire" and on-again, off-again girlfriend Katy Perry on "Who You Love."
Elvis Costello has announced he will celebrate his forthcoming collaborative album with the Roots, Wise Up Ghost (Sept. 17), by taking his red shoes on tour throughout the East Coast in November, marking his first East Coast run in a decade. Costello will kick off his tour on Nov. 2 in Burlington, Vt.
Social media is about to get a whole lotta love from a Golden God. The legendary Robert Plant has significantly revamped his online presence by starting new accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus, in addition to redesigning his website. Reportedly, fans are already inundating Plant with Led Zeppelin reunion tweets.
He may be an iron man, but according to Ozzy Osbourne original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is not participating on the band's current tour because he's "incredibly overweight." "A drummer has to be in shape," Osbourne told the New York Daily News. "He's already had two heart attacks. I don't want to be responsible for his life."