The recording academy has announced a new batch of performers who will take the stage at the 2018 Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 28: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Kesha, Bruno Mars with Cardi B, and SZA. In addition there will also be a special performance of the nominated song “1-800-273-8255” by Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are nominated three times — Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance — for their historic Spanish-language crossover hit “Despacito,” which spent a record-tying 16 weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. If it wins Record of the Year it would be only the second non-English-language song to win the top prize (after “Volare” in 1959), and the first in Spanish.
Kesha earned two nominations this year: Best Pop Solo Performance (“Praying”) and Best Pop Album (“Rainbow”). These are her first nominations, and this will be her first time performing at the Grammys. SZA is also a Grammy first-timer in both nominations and performance; she’s up for five awards including Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Bruno Mars is a five-time Grammy winner and a six-time nominee this year including Album of the Year for “24K Magic.” Cardi B makes her debut at these awards with bids for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Bodak Yellow.” The two artists recently collaborated on a remix version of Mars’s song “Finesse,” which recently debuted in the top-40 on the Billboard charts.
The performance by Logic, Cara, and Khalid will be accompanied on stage by suicide attempt and loss survivors selected by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Their song “1-800-273-8255,” whose title is the phone number for the Lifeline, is up for Song of the Year and Best Music Video for exploring the theme of suicidal depression.
These stars join performers previously announced by the recording academy: Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Patti LuPone, Pink, and Ben Platt. Who are you most looking forward to seeing, and which of them will come away as winners?
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