May 21 – Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato
May 28 – Sugarland
June 4 – Diddy-Dirty Money
June 11 – Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan
June 18 – Miley Cyrus
June 25 – Alicia Keys
July 2 – Mary J. Blige
July 9 – To Be Announced
July 16 – The Go-Go’s
July 23 – Sheryl Crow
July 30 – Black Eyed Peas
August 6 – To be Announced
August 13 – Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato
August 20 – Rihanna
August 27 – Lady Antebellum
This season’s crop of performers, although impressive, certainly is missing a straight-up rock act. There’s R&B, hip-hop, pop and country, and although the JoBros have guitars slung around their shoulders, we’re tentative of calling them anything other than pop. Were GMA producers too anxious to book another “edgy” rock band after last year’s Green Day performance, when Billie Joe Armstrong uttered a few naughty words that were left uncensored?
There’s still two TBA dates left on the schedule—what are the odds of, say, MGMT or Vampire Weekend filling those slots? They’re worthy enough to be loved by big name hip-hop acts, and we’d go so far as to say both bands are a lot more culturally relevant than The Go-Go’s, who haven’t released a new album since 2001.
What’s more likely, however, is GMA producers just getting Justin Bieber to perform twice. Figures.