BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
This year’s Grammy ceremony will feature performances from first-timer Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover), as well as Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Pink and a couple of Broadway favorites.
The show’s milestone 60th anniversary marks its return to New York for the first time in 15 years, so it makes sense that the grand dame of musical theater, Patti LuPone, a two-time Grammy winner, will reprise her 1981 Grammy performance of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” As well, Ben Platt, currently nominated for the soundtrack to “Dear Evan Hansen,” will perform a classic from “West Side Story” in tribute to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein.
Lady Gaga is expected to perform a track from her nominated “Joanne” album. In recent years, the Grammy Awards have become known for their creative pairing of artists (last year Gaga performed with Metallica in one of the highlights of the show), so the performance list will undoubtedly grow as the Jan. 28 ceremony gets closer.
The show will air live from Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. on CBS. Last year’s ringleader, James Corden, returns as host.