First Performers Announced For 56th GRAMMYs
The first performers for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast are current GRAMMY nominees Daft Punk; a performance by nominee Kendrick Lamar and nominees Imagine Dragons; a performance by nominees Pink and Fun.'s Nate Ruess; and a special "GRAMMY Moment" featuring two-time GRAMMY winner Merle Haggard, three-time GRAMMY winner and 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, seven-time GRAMMY winner Willie Nelson, and current nominee Blake Shelton. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J returns as host of Music's Biggest Night.
This will be Daft Punk's first television performance since they last performed on the 50th GRAMMY Awards telecast in 2008. Haggard will be performing on the GRAMMY stage for the first time, and this will be Pink and Ruess' first time performing together on network television.
Lamar has seven nominations: Best New Artist, Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Best R&B Performance for "How Many Drinks?" (with Miguel), Best Rap Performance for "Swimming Pools (Drank)," Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Now Or Never" (with Mary J. Blige), and Best Rap Song for "F***in' Problems" (with Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib).
Two-time GRAMMY-winning group Daft Punk are up for four awards: Album Of The Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album for Random Access Memories and Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky" (with Pharrell Williams).
Imagine Dragons, three-time GRAMMY winner Pink, two-time GRAMMY winner Ruess, and Shelton each have two nods: Imagine Dragons are up for Record Of The Year and Best Rock Performance for "Radioactive"; Pink and Ruess are nominated for Song Of The Year (with Jeff Bhasker) and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Just Give Me A Reason"; Shelton scored nominations for Best Country Solo Performance for "Mine Would Be You" and Best Country Album for Based On A True Story.
The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.
Music's Biggest Night will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The telecast also will be supported on radio worldwide via WestwoodOne, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.