Daft Punk, Pink, Kendrick Lamar among first announced Grammy performers

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The fans have asked “Just Give Me A Reason” to watch the Grammys, and the producers (and Pink) have answered.

Believe it or not, we’re only about a month away from the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will take place Sunday, January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While plenty of people are invested in the nominees, the real stars of that particular show are the performers, and the bookers have begun to roll out the docket.

First up is Pink and Nate Ruess, who will be performing “Just Give Me A Reason,” the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper that the fun. frontman co-wrote with Pink for her excellent 2012 album The Truth About Love. It will mark the first time the pair have been on network television together, though hardly the first Grammy appearances for either artist: Pink last showed up at the 2010 awards to perform a stunning rendition of “Glitter in the Air,” and fun. showed up on last year’s show to blast out “Carry On.”

Also making a rare appearance together on television is Daft Punk, who will be presenting “a collaborative and celebratory stage performance that honors their multi-nominated music,” according to Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich. The duo is up for a total of four awards (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year), though this will be their first time performing any live music from Random Access Memories on TV. The “collaborative” teaser is intriguing, as it could lead to cameos from Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, and even Kanye West (who last brought Daft Punk to the Grammy stage in 2008 when they got together for “Stronger”).

Finally, Kendrick Lamar announced on Twitter that he would also be performing on the show. Lamar’s 2012 album Good Kid, m.a.a.d. city is up for Album of the Year, and Lamar is one of the best performers in hip-hop, so his presence should be electrifying. It’ll be his Grammy debut, which could also lead to some collaboration—wouldn’t it be cool if Janet Jackson actually showed up to sing her sampled hook on Lamar’s “Poetic Justice”?

Who else do you hope gets booked as a Grammy performer? Sound off in the comments!

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