8:30am PT by Ashley Lee
Grammys: 5 Can't-Miss Performances
On Sunday night, it might be difficult for Grammys viewers to remember that they're not watching a concert with a few awards, but in fact, an awards show with performances.
Nevertheless, those who bring the best onstage moments are the real winners of the night, right?
Of the evening's many confirmed performances (currently at twenty, and counting!), The Hollywood Reporter highlights the five most anticipated numbers onstage:
Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney
Kanye West and Paul McCartney's newfound friendship has been fruitful since the turn of 2015, and dragging Rihanna into their musical synergy on "FourFiveSeconds" has resulted in the beautifully acoustic collaboration, blending denim and desperation for the video below. In a evening's lineup of highly-produced performances, seeing this trio dialed-back onstage should be a spectacle in itself.
The classic pianist is pitched by the Grammys to "add his musicality to one of this year's most infectious songs," which is probably means he'll be putting his touch on a now-overplayed song. And, if you recall, absolutely SLAYED at the awards show last year when tickling ivory alongside Metallica.
Madonna's road to releasing her 2015 album Rebel Heart has been a bit more than just bumpy, as the final weeks of last year was continually plagued with news of more leaked tracks. Watching the pop icon take the stage for "Living on Love" to stick it to her hackers and haters — complete with an army of dancers behind her, no doubt — should satisfy more than just the most devout Madge fans.
Hozier and Annie Lennox
Of the many Grammys-esque collaborations set to play out on Sunday — Jessie J and Tom Jones, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, etc. — the most exciting is that of Hozier and Annie Lennox. The newcomer will probably tout his anthemic breakout hit, "Take Me to Church," coupled with another track with the legendary Lennox.
The rock band is scheduled to play on Sunday, which will be their first Grammys number ever and their first major appearance after losing touch with drummer Phil Rudd who faced murder-plot charges at the end of last year. Who exactly will fill their drummer's chair remains up in the air, but their performance sure to be an overdue Grammys moment nonetheless. Here's hoping we hear those legendary guitar riffs.