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Aerosmith, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are among the performers announced to take the stage at the 2020 Grammys.
It was also announced that Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, H.E.R., Jonas Brothers, Run-DMC, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Wilson, Rosalía and Tyler, the Creator would perform during the 62nd annual awards ceremony.
The ceremony will also include a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle. Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch and YG will come together to posthumously honor the rapper, who’s nominated for three Grammys this year.
The late performer is up for best rap performance and best rap song (“Racks in the Middle”) and best rap/sung performance (“Higher”).
“An activist, entrepreneur and rapper, Nipsey Hussle had a lasting impact on not just his community, but also the culture at large,” said Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich. “There is no denying the influence he had, and his legacy will be felt for generations to come. We are honored to bring together this amazing group of artists to celebrate Nipsey’s life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music. It’s sure to be a memorable performance.”
Additionally, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus will be joined by BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey and other surprise guests for an “Old Town Road All-Star” special segment. The hit song has been the subject of mixes and mashups, which inspired bringing together various acts who have performed it to create a one-of-a-kind performance.
And Cabello, Gary Clark Jr., Legend, Debbie Allen, Joshua Bell, Common, Misty Copeland, Lang Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt and the War and Treaty will perform “I Sing the Body Electric” from Fame to honor Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich and the Recording Academy’s focus on the importance of music education in schools.
“To bring high-caliber artists like Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Common, Misty Copeland, Debbie Allen, Ben Platt, Gary Clark Jr., Joshua Bell and Lang Lang together on one stage fulfills a dream of mine,” said Ehrlich. “To be able to do this on the Grammy stage makes it unforgettable for me.”
Clark Jr. will also be joined by The Roots to perform the singer’s Grammy-nominated song “The Land.”
Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty will perform during the “In Memoriam” tribute, while Sheila E. and Usher will take the stage for a Grammy Salute to Prince.
This year’s presenters include current Grammy nominees Jim Gaffigan and Trevor Noah. Grammy winners Common, Cynthia Erivo, Dua Lipa, Billy Porter, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder will also present alongside past nominees Ava DuVernay and Bebe Rexha. Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne will also serve as presenters, while Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker will play double duty as both presenters and performers.
Four-time Grammy-winning band Aerosmith will perform a medley of some of its greatest hits. The band made its debut Grammys performance in 1991 and is set to be honored as this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year, which recognizes Aerosmith’s philanthropic efforts over five decades and undeniable impact on American music history, two days before the Grammys. “Walk This Way” collaborators Run-DMC will join Aerosmith.
Eilish will make her debut performance at the upcoming ceremony. The first-time nominee is up for record of the year (Bad Guy), album of the year (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), song of the year (“Bad Guy”), best new artist, best pop solo performance (“Bad Guy”) and best pop vocal album (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?).
Fellow first-time nominee Lizzo will also perform at the awards show. Lizzo is up for record of the year (Truth Hurts), album of the year (Cuz I Love You [Deluxe]), song of the year (“Truth Hurts”), best new artist, best pop solo performance (“Truth Hurts”), best R&B performance (“Exactly How I Feel”), best traditional R&B performance (“Jerome”) and best urban contemporary album (Cuz I Love You [Deluxe]).
Three-time Grammy winner Stefani will perform alongside current nominee Shelton, who is nominated for best country solo performance for “God’s Country.”
Grande is nominated for record of the year (7 Rings), album of the year (Thank U, Next), best pop solo performance (“7 Rings”), best pop/duo group performance (“Boyfriend”) and best pop vocal album (Thank U, Next).
Cabello is nominated with Shawn Mendes for best pop duo/group performance for “Señorita.”
Two-time Grammy winner H.E.R. is nominated for record of the year (Hard Place), album of the year (I Used to Know Her), song of the year (“Hard Place”) and best R&B performance and song (“Could’ve Been”).
Jonas Brothers are nominated for best pop duo/group performance for “Sucker.”
Raitt will pay tribute to lifetime achievement award recipient John Prine.
Both Rosalía and Tyler, the Creator are taking the Grammy stage for the first time, with Rosalía nominated for best new artist and best latin rock, urban or alternative album (El Mal Querer) and Tyler, the Creator nominated for best rap album (Igor).
Fourteen-time Grammy winner Franklin is up for best gospel performance/song (“Love Theory”) and best gospel album (Long Live Love), while DJ Khaled is nominated for best rap/sung performance (“Higher”).
Ten-time Grammy winner Legend is currently nominated for best rap/sung performance (“Higher”) and best traditional pop vocal album (A Legendary Christmas), while first-time Grammy nominee Mill is up for best rap album (Championships).
Additionally, fellow first-time Grammy nominee Ricch will compete for best rap performance and best rap song (“Racks in the Middle”) and best rap/sung performance (“Ballin”).
Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr. is nominated for best rock performance (“This Land”), best rock song (“This Land”), best contemporary blues album (This Land) and best music video (“This Land”).
Current Grammy nominees Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X are up for record of the year, best pop duo/group performance (“Old Town Road”) and best music video (“Old Town Road [Official Movie]”). Lil Nas X is individually nominated for album of the year (7), best new artist and best rap/sung performance (“Panini”).
Lizzo leads the nominations with eight nods, while Eilish and Lil Nas X follow closely behind with six nominations.
The 2020 Grammy Awards will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26. Alicia Keys will host the show.
Jan. 17, 12:11 p.m.: This story has been updated with additional performers Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, H.E.R., Jonas Brothers, Run-DMC, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Wilson, Rosalía and Tyler, the Creator.
Jan. 21, 9:32 a.m.: This story has been updated with the planned Nipsey Hussle tribute and performers set to participate in that.
Jan. 23, 8:22 a.m.: This story has been updated with Grammys presenters and the following performers: Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey, Gary Clark Jr., Debbie Allen, Joshua Bell, Common, Misty Copeland, Lang Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt and the War and Treaty.
Jan. 24, 8:29 a.m.: This story has been updated with additional Grammy performances by Gary Clark Jr. and the Roots, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty and Sheila E. and Usher, who will deliver a Grammy Salute to Prince.
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