King Hov and Queen Bey have joined previously announced artists, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, John Legend, Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the latter two of which will be making their debut performances at the 56th annual awards show, which takes place on this Sunday, the 26th January in Los Angeles.
Electro duo Daft Punk will also making return to the prestigious stage teaming up with Stevie Wonder, Nile Rogers and ‘Happy‘ Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams, whilst ‘Blurred Lines‘ crooner Robin Thicke teams up with American band Chicago for a special performance. The collaborations don’t appear to be stopping there, as P!nk has also scored a slot performing with Nate Ruess of FUN (I guess they’ll be performing ‘Just Give Me A Reason‘) whilst the self-proclaimed ‘King of New York’ that is rapper Kendrick Lamar, is joined by alternative rock band, Imagine Dragons, signing on at the end of the exclusive bill.
However, the talking point of the night is definitely Beyoncé and Jay Z’s performances, will they be performing alone? Or will they performing together? That is the all-important question. Considering Bey has just released her record-breaking, self-titled fifth album, and at this present time is pushing two singles in the US, the beautiful XO, and of course, her recent collaboration with Jay Z, ‘Drunk In Love,’ surely at least one of those songs will be making an appearance, marking her onstage return to the celebratory showcase since 2011. However, Jay Z is nominated for an impressive nine Grammy Awards on the night, including for ‘Part II (On The Run), a track taken from his latest album “Magna Carta… Holy Grail,” and featuring none than his wife.
Personally, I think it’s quite possible that if two do decide to share the stage together, they may just perform an exclusive medley, consisting of snippets of both songs, but I suppose that’s just wishful thinking, right? And if the thought of that wasn’t good enough, hosts CBS have recently hinted that the two will be performing (either alone or together) within the first hour for the show, after debuting a commercial reminding viewers why the night is so important. I’m just elated that fans like myself won’t have to sit through the hours of performances that I don’t really want to watch whilst waiting to see my favourites…
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.