The final round of 2017 Grammy Awards performers has been announced, and it looks like the Recording Academy secured some incredibly talent for the music industry’s biggest night of the year. There have been plenty of pleasant surprises in the lineup, one being the end of Daft Punk’s hibernation to perform alongside (or behind) The Weeknd. Not to mention Chance the Rapper being listed among the bill of performers despite never having signed on to a record label, making him the first independent artist to take the Grammy stage. Here are some of the performances we’re looking forward to the most, in addition to the complete list of 2017 Grammy Performers.
A Tribe Called Quest + Anderson Paak.
+ Dave Grohl
This rock and hip-hop supergroup may seem like a random combination, but we think there will be some incredible results from these performers coming together. A Tribe Called Quest, who released their critically acclaimed album We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service this past Winter (unfortunately too late for the Academy’s September deadline) featured Anderson Paak. on on of their tracks. Paak, who has only gotten bigger since the 2016 release of Malibu, is also celebrating his first time nominations for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album. ATCQ and Anderson Paak. definitely kindled some amazing, funky hip-hop together on We Got it From Here, and we’re excited as to how rock legend Dave Grohl is going to fit into that formula. We don’t expect anything short of magic.
UPDATE: The Recording Academy has announced that Dave Grohl will not be joining ATCQ and Anderson Paak. for their Grammy performance. It has not yet been announced as to whether or not Dave Grohl will be performing independently at the ceremony.
Though we all know that Chance the Rapper is one of the best performing rappers currently on the scene, it’s still surprising how much recognition the Recording Academy has given him, considering how he remains label-free. But since the rules changed for nomination eligibility this year, it seems that Chance has also been given the green light to perform the night of the ceremony. Up for seven nominations, it makes sense that the young rapper would get an opportunity to show off some of his incredible, on the fly music arrangements for what may end up being one of the most memorable nights of his life.
If anyone can bring Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo out of hibernation, it’s The Weeknd, who worked extensively with the duo on his latest record Starboy. Daft Punk had a hand in producing the album’s hit single “Starboy”, in addition to “I Feel It Coming”. Daft Punk never toured in support of their Grammy dominating record, 2013’s Random Access Memories, so this will be their first live performance since the 2014 Grammy Awards where they were joined by Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. Though neither Daft Punk or The Weeknd are up for any awards, we’re excited for this promising collaborative performance.
This past December, artists Alicia Keys and Maren Morris took to the stage for an episode of CMT Crossroads, where artists of different genres pair with a country music artist to show the wide reaching roots of country music. The two collaborated on songs from both of their discographies, including Keys’ “No One”, and Morris’ “80s Mercedes”. Another reason this is the perfect match to perform at the 59th Annual Grammys is because Morris stands a chance at winning the category for Best New Artist, a win Alicia Keys scored back in 2001. Along with the other artists performing collaboratively this year, we think Keys and Morris are going to leave audiences mesmerized.
Bruno Mars: A Prince Tribute?
It’s in talks that not only will Bruno Mars be performing at the 59th Annual Grammys, but it will be in tribute to Prince, the incredible, late music icon the world lost this past year. Bruno Mars is set to perform with The Time, a band Prince essentially created with Morris Day. The work and style of Bruno Mars, in our opinion, will gel perfectly with that of The Time, who’s song “Jungle Love” isn’t even very many steps away from “Uptown Funk”. But filling in Prince’s shoes is probably a daunting feat, especially considering his instrumental prowess and remarkable vocal range. Whether or not Bruno Mars rises to the occasion of paying tribute to Prince, we’re excited for his upcoming Grammy performance.
Despite last year’s glitchy performance that left the famed singer/songwriter in tears, Adele has been persuaded to return to the stage at this year’s ceremony. The accident, caused by a mic falling into the piano, caused much of the performance to sound out of tune to Adele, and knowing her battle with stage fright, we were worried that would be the last time the Grammys could snag her as a performer. But considering all of Adele’s nominations this year, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, it makes sense that the Recording Academy was able to woo her into performing yet again.
In addition to the artists above, there will be several other performers at the 2017 Grammy Awards, including Metallica, John Legend, Keith Urban, Sturgill Simpson, Carrie Underwood, Gary Clark Jr., Little Big Town, and William Bell.
The 2017 Grammy Awards are scheduled to take place Sunday, February 12th, at 8 PM EST. And considering the brevity of talent the Recording Academy has snagged this year, we think it’s a show you don’t want to miss!