The 57th Annual Grammy Awards holds this weekend at Los Angeles Staples Centre on Sunday, February 8 and in all, there are 83 categories at the Grammys this year. Viewers will be treated to hours of star-studded performances during the ceremony.
At this year Grammys, Madonna will be returning to sing, and she confirmed the news on Twitter on Jan. 12. “Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th @TheGRAMMYs #GRAMMY’s #rebelheart,” tweeted the Material Girl, likely to sing tracks from her upcoming album, Rebel Heart.
After a six-year hiatus from the show, Kanye West is set to make his big return to the Grammy Awards. West will perform twice during the star-studded show, including taking the stage with Beatles great Paul McCartney and Rihanna with whom he recently collaborated for the single “FourFiveSeconds.”
Kanye West’s choice to attend the show, let alone perform on the Grammys stage, is a surprising one. He has made his distaste for the Grammys wildly known in the past and hasn’t attended one of the awards shows since 2009.
Aside performing Kanye West got two nominations for “Bound 2”: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Charlie Wilson and Best Rap Song.
When West attended his last Grammy Awards in February 2009, he had just released his fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak. He performed twice at the show: playing “American Boy” with Estelle and “Swagga Like Us” with T.I., Jay Z, M.I.A., and Lil Wayne.
Also performing is Taylor Swift. She announced to her fans on Tumblr that she wouldn’t sing anything from her smash hit album 1989 — which will be eligible for nominations at next year’s awards — there are still plenty of chart-toppers available to bring the house down.
Beyonce will perform a gospel song “Take My Hand Precious Lord” before transitioning into John Legend and Common’s “Glory,” off the Selma soundtrack.
Katy Perry is set to slow things down with her emotional ballad “By the Grace of God.
Pharell Williams and Sam Smith, who both received six nominations, will have their own solo performances, and the newcomer Brit is also scheduled to sing a surely barn-scorching duet with Mary J. Blige
Country crooner Miranda Lambert, who was nominated for four Grammys including Best Country Album for Platinum, will sing solo.
Other performers include: AC/ DC, Ariana Grande, Eric Church, Sia, and performing a duet are Annie Lennox and Hozier, Adam and Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Tom Jones and Jessie J, Beck and Chris Martin, Brandy and Dwight Yoakam.