BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
The Grammy Awards always produce a monster lineup of performers, and this Sunday, the show will have something for the “little monsters” as well.
Lady Gaga, a week after showcasing an explosive Super Bowl halftime performance, will head to Los Angeles to perform with Metallica. The hard rockers, who are up for best rock song (“Hardwired”), were one of the first big names announced to perform at the ceremony. The band previously performed their hit “One” in 2014 with classical pianist Lang Lang.
Lady Gaga isn’t eligible for any awards this year because her new album, “Joanne,” was released past the 2016 deadline.
Theirs is one of several pairings at the 59th annual Grammys, which will air live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS with first-time host James Corden.
Alicia Keys will sing with four-times-nominated country artist Maren Morris; The Weeknd teams with Daft Punk; and Kelsea Ballerini is paired with Lukas Graham.
Given the tremendous number of losses to the music community last year, the Grammys have a difficult task of balancing a celebratory vibe with remembrances of major musical forces. John Legend and Cynthia Erivo will perform a tribute to those who died in 2016.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bee Gees’ landmark “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, Demi Lovato, Andra Day and Tori Kelly will join the previously announced Little Big Town in a collaborative performance to commemorate the anniversary.
The Recording Academy also tweeted Monday night that Katy Perry will return to the show – she last appeared in 2015 – and of course, those Beyonce rumors still persist (since she’s up for a leading nine nominations, it seems inevitable, and it would be a chance to show millions of people at once her twin baby bump).
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”und” dir=”ltr”>🙋🏼 <a href=”https://t.co/eB8UojQvhJ”>https://t.co/eB8UojQvhJ</a></p>— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) <a href=”https://twitter.com/katyperry/status/828782200522887168″>February 7, 2017</a></blockquote>
The rest of the performance lineup features Adele, William Bell, Chance The Rapper, Gary Clark Jr., Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Sturgill Simpson, A Tribe Called Quest, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.