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Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and more added to Grammys performance roster

Prizes, shmizes.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony is shaping up to be one giant all-star luge race of live performances –the latest names to be added are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Keith Urban, and Sara Bareilles with Carole King. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who will accept the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for the Beatles, will perform as well.

They join a roster that already includes Lorde, Katy Perry, Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, and Stevie Wonder; Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons;Metallica and Lang Lang; P!nk and Nate Ruess of fun.; Robin Thicke and with Chicago, and a special performance with Merle Haggard Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton.

The show airs Sunday, Jan. 26 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST/PST (meaning that it will be live on the East coast but delayed on the West, for those in the Pacific Standard Zone gagging for spoilers and/or wishing to avoid them on social media).

Grammys: Katy Perry, Lorde and more announced as performers

The Staples Center will get to hear Katy Perry roar.

The singer will perform at the 56th Grammy Awards, the academy revealed today. Other just-announced performers include new pop royal Lorde, eight-time Grammy-winners Metallica with Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang; Nile Rodgers, and  Pharrell Williams.

Of course, one of the most exciting parts of the Grammys in the unexpected performance duos. This year, 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder will join a previously announced performance by nominees Daft Punk; and Robin Thicke will join classic rockers Chicago, who will presumably not twerk on Thicke in any capacity.

Previously announced performers include Pink and Kendrick Lamar. The Grammys, hosted by LL Cool J, take place Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m., and will air on CBS.

Stevie Wonder to perform with Daft Punk at the Grammys

Electronic music duo Daft Punk already got lucky when their album Random Access Memories was nominated for five Grammys this year, including Album of the Year and Best Pop/Group performance for “Get Lucky.” Now, the masked pair will get to perform with Stevie Wonder at the Grammys on Jan. 26.

Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, who both appear on Daft Punk’s latest album, will also join in the performance, along with Random Access Memories session players Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr. Not only will the performance be the first televised gig since the album’s release in May, but it will be the first televised performance for the French group since they performed with Kanye West at the 2008 Grammys.

In addition to the Wonder/Punk collaboration, the Grammys also announced a special tribute to The Beatles, reuniting the British synthpop duo Eurythmics. The special, The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, will air Feb. 9 on CBS, the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and will be taped the night after the actual Grammys. The special is also set to feature Keith Urban, John Legend, Maroon 5, John Mayer, and Alicia Keys. The performance will mark the reunion of Eurythmics, who haven’t performed since the 2005 American Music Awards. On picking the band, Grammys exec producer Ken Ehrlich says, “When it came around to booking this show, what I felt was important was to try and find those artists who not only would be able to interpret Beatles songs, but would also have an… understanding of what they meant.”

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS Sunday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

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

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.” READ FULL STORY

Grammy nomination snubs and surprises: Justin Timberlake, Sara Bareilles, Lorde and more

The nominations for the Grammy Awards always seem to lead to more arguments than any other music awards shows’ choices do. That’s inevitable, since the Grammys’ list of categories is so vast and sometimes confusing, and the criteria by which the nominating committee settles on its selections is often inexplicable.

The announcement of the list of potential Grammy winners last night was no different, and it starts at the top: Jay Z lead all artists with nine total nominations, even though his 2013 release Magna Carta…Holy Grail was considered tepid at best (an adjudication Jigga himself seems to share). What’s even stranger is that none of those nine nominations are in the Big Three categories: Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Record of the Year. He also shares a couple of those nominations with Justin Timberlake for “Suit & Tie.” So Jay taking home the most nominations is a little deceptive — it’s not like the year Adele scored a boatload of nods and then dominated the proceedings.

That’s only the beginning. Here are nine more confusing snubs and pleasant surprises embedded within the Grammy nominations.

Surprise: Justin Timberlake
Weep not for JT; he picked up seven nominations across a multitude of categories, including Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

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'The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!': Katy unplugs, Taylor strips, Lorde twitches

Every year, the Grammys broadcast fills its three hours with performances, so much so that the actual winners of the prizes tend to get overshadowed by the combinations on stage. The producers must have figured that if it works well for the actual awards show, it might as well work for the nominations special.

Such was the case with tonight’s Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Though there were some surprises in there (check out all the nominees here), it was hard to figure out exactly who was being rewarded with so much stuff happening on stage in Los Angeles (and in the case of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, on stages that were not even in the country).

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis kicked the show off from outside the Nokia Theatre, with some funny gags about security. They made their way into the Buckyball prison that was the stage and ripped through a relatively spry version of “Thrift Shop.” Macklemore has some natural charisma that he tends to coast on, but all props to his band of Robin Thicke jacket-wearing backup dancers and that dude walking and playing the trumpet at the same time. READ FULL STORY

Tonight's Grammy nominations: Who will go home happy tonight?

Not everyone can expect to win a Grammy. But as Scooter Braun demonstrated last year, some artists—like Braun’s ward Justin Bieber—count at least on a nomination. The fact of which provides a faint veneer of drama for tonight’s frantically-titled ceremony The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, airing at 10 PM tonight (Dec. 6) on CBS.

Likewise, the hope that a beloved, non-ubiquitous artist might win some publicity with a placement in one of the major categories should carry us into tonight’s show. LL Cool J will once again host—with a little buddy, Ed Sheeran, along as presenter—and Miguel, Keith Urban, Lorde, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry will perform (Swift and Perry via satellite). In the meantime, here are some thoughts on the big categories and the artists in play.

Best New Artist
More than anyone, Lorde’s got that Best New Artist smell: She’s young (17) and contrarian, a perfect vessel for fantasies about a new pop order that better accommodates coastal American hipster ideals. (Even though she’s from New Zealand and befriended the “flawless” Taylor Swift.) My own coastal American hipster picks would be the more openly aspirational, less coolly outsiderish Kendrick Lamar and Kacey Musgraves. And of course, I love Ariana Grande … READ FULL STORY

Drake won't be on tonight's Grammy Nominations show

Tonight’s Grammy Nominations Concert Live! will be star-studded, though one prominent musician with one of the biggest releases of the year won’t be present after all.

Citing a scheduling conflict with his nationwide Would You Like a Tour? trek, Drake pulled out of the show. That’s a strange excuse, because it looked as though his schedule was designed specifically around performing at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles tonight—he last played a show on Wednesday night in Tacoma, WA, and is scheduled to be in Kansas City, MO, on Saturday night. He could have made that flight pretty breezily.

Then again, tour logistics being what they are, sometimes the best laid plans go awry. It’s also possible that Drake is looking for an extra night of down time between dates, which is reasonable considering the amount of energy he expends every night just giving shout-outs to people in the upper decks of sold-out arenas.

Either way, Drake will almost certainly be getting a nomination or two for Nothing Was the Same, which was released just under the Grammy calendar deadline and is one of the best-selling and best-reviewed releases of the year.

The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! airs tonight at 10 PM on CBS and will feature performances by Lorde, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Robin Thicke. LL Cool J will run the show, which will unveil the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards that will be given out on Sunday, January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry added to Grammy nominations show performers list

This Friday’s The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!  is shaping up to be nearly as big a spectacle as the actual Grammy Awards, which won’t actually be handed out until the end of January.

LL Cool J is hosting, Ed Sheeran is presenting, and producers just announced the addition of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to the list of previously announced performers, including Lorde, Robin Thicke, and Miguel & Keith Urban.

“But wait,” you may be saying to yourself, “neither Swift nor Perry will even be in this country on Friday night, let alone at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, where this is taking place!” Such is the magic of satellite technology: LL will be throwing to live performances in Canada (for Perry) and Australia (for Swift). Expect accented fireworks!

The one-hour special, which will air on CBS at 10 PM this Friday, December 6, will also, incidentally, roll out the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out just across the street at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 26.

Music released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 is eligible, and based on sales, cultural exposure, and general Grammy warmth, expect Justin Timberlake to rack up a ton of nominations. Lorde is pretty much a lock for Best New Artist, and you have to assume both Kanye West and Jay Z will make some noise as well.

Who else’s name deserves to be called this Friday night? And which performances make you the most curious? Let us know in the comments.

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