More 2022 GRAMMYs Performers Announced: J Balvin With Maria Becerra, John Legend, Silk Sonic, Carrie Underwood & More Confirmed
Additionally, Maverick City Music, Aymée Nuviola and Billy Strings will perform in special GRAMMY spotlights at the 2022 GRAMMYs
Editor's Note: Foo Fighters will no longer perform at the 2022 GRAMMYs, although a tribute to Taylor Hawkins will take place.
The Recording Academy has added additional performers for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards with J Balvin with Maria Becerra, John Legend, Silk Sonic, and Carrie Underwood. Maverick City Music, Aymée Nuviola and Billy Strings will be performing in special segments that will showcase Las Vegas and spotlight genres not historically represented on the GRAMMY Awards telecast.
Live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and hosted by Trevor Noah, the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on Sun, April 3, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
Previously announced performers include Jon Batiste, Brothers Osborne, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Cynthia Erivo, H.E.R., Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Leslie Odom Jr, Nas, Ben Platt, Olivia Rodrigo, Chris Stapleton, and Rachel Zegler.
J Balvin is nominated this year for Best Música Urbana Album (Jose), bringing his total career nominations to four.
Silk Sonic has been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year ("Leave The Door Open"), Song Of The Year ("Leave The Door Open"), Best R&B Performance ("Leave The Door Open"), and Best R&B Song ("Leave The Door Open").
Seven-time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance ("If I Didn't Love You" with Jason Aldean) and Best Roots Gospel Album (My Savior).
First-time nominees Maverick City Music are up for four nominations: Best Gospel Performance/Song ("Wait On You"), Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song ("Jireh"), Best Gospel Album (Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition), and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Old Church Basement). Chandler Moore of the group is also nominated as a songwriter for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song ("Man Of Your Word").
GRAMMY winner Aymée Nuviola is nominated this year for Best Tropical Latin Album (Sin Salsa No Hay Paraíso).
GRAMMY winner Billy Strings received two nominations, Best American Roots Performance ("Love And Regret") and Best Bluegrass Album (Renewal).
In addition to his telecast performance, 12-time GRAMMY winner John Legend will be honored during the Recording Academy Honors Presented By The Black Music Collective event, taking place the night before the GRAMMY Awards. Legend will be receiving the first-ever Recording Academy Global Impact Award for his personal and professional achievements in the music industry.
The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy. Raj Kapoor serves as showrunner and executive producer, alongside Ben Winston and Jesse Collins as executive producers, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay as co-executive producer. Hamish Hamilton returns as director, and Eric Cook as supervising producer with Tabitha D'umo, Patrick Menton, Fatima Robinson, and David Wild as producers.
DJ Khaled, Samantha Smith and John Legend
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DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle And John Legend Win Best Rap/Sung Performance For "Higher" | 2020 GRAMMYs
DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle and John Legend take home Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards
DJ Khaled, featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend, has won Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Higher" at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. The single was featured on DJ Khaled's 2019 album Father of Asahd and featured Hussle's vocals and Legend on the piano. DJ Khaled predicted the track would win a GRAMMY.
"I even told him, 'We're going to win a GRAMMY.' Because that's how I feel about my album," DJ Khaled told Billboard. "I really feel like not only is this my biggest, this is very special."
After the release of the song and music video -- which was filmed before Hussle's death in March -- DJ Khaled announced all proceeds from "Higher" will go to Hussle's children.
DJ Khaled and co. beat out fellow category nominees Lil Baby & Gunna ("Drip Too Hard"), Lil Nas X ("Panini"), Mustard featuring Roddy Ricch ("Ballin") and Young Thug featuring J. Cole & Travis Scott ("The London"). Hussle earned a second posthumous award at the 62nd GRAMMYs for Best Rap Performance for "Racks In The Middle."
Along with Legend and DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG paid tribute to Hussle during the telecast, which concluded with "Higher."
Check out the complete 62nd GRAMMY Awards nominees and winners list here.
Jackson Tops Dead Earners List
Jackson Tops Dead Earners List
GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Michael Jackson topped Forbes' annual list of top-earning dead celebrities with $275 million, earning more than the combined total of the other 12 celebrities on the list. Elvis Presley ranked second with $60 million, John Lennon placed fifth with $17 million and Jimi Hendrix tied for 11th place with $6 million. Forbes compiled the list based on gross earnings between October 2009 and October 2010. (10/26)
UK Arts Council Announces Budget Cut Plans
Following a previous report, Arts Council England has revealed plans to implement the 30 percent cut to the UK's arts funding budget. The cuts will include a 7 percent cash cut for UK arts organizations in 2011–2012, a 15 percent cut for the regular funding of arts organizations by 2014–2015 and a 50 percent reduction to the council's operating costs. (10/26)
GRAMMY Winners To Perform At World Series
GRAMMY winners Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum and John Legend are scheduled to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" during Major League Baseball's 2010 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. Legend and Lady Antebellum will perform at games one and two in San Francisco on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, respectively, and Clarkson will perform at game three on Oct. 30 in Arlington, Texas. (10/26)
Remembering Nipsey Hussle On The Anniversary Of His Death: "I Just Wanted To Be Really Intentional"
The Recording Academy celebrates the life of Nipsey Hussle, the late Los Angeles rapper, who earned two posthumous GRAMMY Awards this year
Since the tragic loss of Los Angeles rapper, entrepreneur and activist Nipsey Hussle on March 31, 2019, his motivational music and inspiring message of investing in your community are continued by the many lives he touched. Here in L.A, you see countless murals painted in his likeness, his inspirational words reminding us greatness and kindness are not mutually exclusive.
In 2018, after a decade of perfecting his storytelling and flow with hard-hitting mixtapes, Hussle released his victorious debut album Victory Lap. It earned him his first GRAMMY nomination, for Best Rap Album, at the 2019 GRAMMYs. The week following the show, he released his final single during his lifetime, "Racks in the Middle," featuring rising L.A. rapper Roddy Ricch and powerhouse producer Hit-Boy.
At the 62nd GRAMMY Awards this year, he posthumously earned three more nominations and took home two wins. "Racks in the Middle" won Best Rap Performance and "Higher," a track he was working on with DJ Khaled before he died, won Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Higher." Khaled released the uplifting track, which also features John Legend, in Hussle's memory on May 17, 2019.
Hussle's family, including his grandmother and his partner Lauren London, took the GRAMMY stage to accept his awards in two tearful yet celebratory moments. Khaled, Legend, Ricch, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin and YG also celebrated the rap hero with a moving tribute performance during the show.
"The biggest thing that he left behind in his legacy is to go the extra mile for other people and be aware of your community," singer Tinashe said in a recent interview. "That spirit is really important. It's important to bring people together. I think that's part of his message. It's looking out for one another."
That message of hope and community is echoed in so many others' words about Hussle; his positive impact is immense and immeasurable. It is reflected in a message from none other than former President Barack Obama. Hussle's longtime friend and marketing manager Karen Civil read Obama's powerful words about him during his moving memorial service:
"While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey saw potential. He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going. His choice to invest in that community rather than ignore it—to build a skills training center and coworking space in Crenshaw; to lift up the Eritrean-American community; to set an example for young people to follow—is a legacy worthy of celebration. I hope his memory inspires more good work in Crenshaw and communities like it."
The Marathon Continues.
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Watch John Legend's Rooftop Performance On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
The GRAMMY winner took to the roof of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., for a special late-night performance
John Legend raised the roof on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Dec. 13 when he took to the rooftop of the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., to perform his new single, "Penthouse Floor."
The GRAMMY winner tweeted his excitement about taking his latest single, which features Chance The Rapper, "to new heights."
I hope your schedules are cleared for tomorrow night because @JimmyKimmelLive is something you won't want to miss! We're taking the #PenthouseFloor to new heights with a live rooftop performance above Hollywood. pic.twitter.com/CPtntVTsXD— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 13, 2017
"The song is about the idea of upward mobility and what it means to strive to make it to the penthouse, but also to remember what you left behind," Legend told GRAMMY.com. "As someone who grew up in a working class neighborhood in Ohio, small town, I had dreams of being an artist, I had dreams of being successful [and] being a leader. But I never wanted to forget where I came from, and the song is really about the idea of ascension, the idea of upward mobility, but also the tension that one might feel reaching that level, and also knowing there's a lot of people from our neighborhood or from our community that are left behind."
Not wanting to waste the gorgeous view of a Los Angeles sunset, while he was up there, Legend also performed some of his other hits, including "All Of Me," "Darkness And Light," "Love Me Now," and "Overload."
Check out the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" YouTube channel to watch all of Legend's lofty performances.