GRAMMY(R) AWARD NOMINEES JOHN LEGEND, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, KACEY MUSGRAVES, TAYLOR SWIFT AND KEITH URBAN TO PERFORM AT "THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS,(R)" SUNDAY, JAN. 26 ON CBS
NOMINEE PAUL MCCARTNEY AND RINGO STARR WILL EACH PERFORM
NOMINEE SARA BAREILLES AND 2014 MUSICARES(R) PERSON OF THE YEAR CAROLE KING WILL APPEAR TOGETHER IN A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
The latest performers announced for THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS(R) are current GRAMMY(R) Award nominees John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, as well as nominee Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr - who as members of the Beatles will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Other special performances include nominee Sara Bareilles together with four-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner and 2014 MusiCares(R) Person of the Year Carole King. LL COOL J, a two-time GRAMMY Award winner and star of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, returns as host of Music's Biggest Night(R). The music industry's premier event takes place Sunday, Jan. 26 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the CBS Television Network.
This will be the first performance on the GRAMMY(R) Awards broadcast for Sara Bareilles, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kacey Musgraves.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for The Heist; Song Of The Year for "Same Love" (along with Mary Lambert); Best Rap Performance (along with Wanz) and Best Rap Song for "Thrift Shop"; Best Music Video for "Can't Hold Us" (along with Ray Dalton, Jon Jon Augustavo, Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer, Jenny Koenig, and Jason Koenig); and Best New Artist.
Kacey Musgraves and seven-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner Taylor Swift have four nods each: Musgraves is nominated for Best New Artist, has two nominations in Best Country Song for "Mama's Broken Heart" (along with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally) and "Merry Go 'Round" (along with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne), and is nominated for Best Country Album for Same Trailer Different Park. Swift is up for Album Of The Year and Best Country Album for Red, Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Highway Don't Care" (along with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban), and Best Country Song for "Begin Again."
Sara Bareilles and 16-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner Paul McCartney are each up for two awards. Bareilles is nominated for Album Of The Year for The Blessed Unrest and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Brave." McCartney is up for Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack" (along with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) and Best Music Film for Live Kisses (along with Jonas Akerlund, Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger).
Nine-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner John Legend and four-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner Keith Urban each have a nomination. Legend is nominated for Best R&B Album for Love In The Future. Urban has a nod in Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Highway Don't Care" (along with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift).
Previously announced performers include current nominees Daft Punk with nominee Nile Rodgers (of Chic), nominee Pharrell Williams, and 25-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner Stevie Wonder; nominee Kendrick Lamar joined by nominees Imagine Dragons; nominee Lorde; eight-time GRAMMY(R) Award -winning group Metallica and GRAMMY Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang performing together; nominee Katy Perry; nominees P!nk and Nate Ruess (of FUN.); nominee Robin Thicke and GRAMMY(R) Award -winning group and GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees this year Chicago; and a special performance featuring Merle Haggard, 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and nominee Blake Shelton. Also performing with Daft Punk are the RAM (Random Access Memories) session players: Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson, Jr.
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.
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