2017 Grammy performers announced: John Legend, Carrie Underwood & Metallica will take the stage

The recording academy has announced its first round of performers who will take the stage at the 59th Grammy Awards, which will air live on CBS on Sunday, February 12: John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

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Legend has no Grammy nominations this year, but he is a 10-time winner to date, starting with his Best New Artist victory 11 years ago (2006). Legendary heavy-metal band Metallica are also Grammy favorites, having won eight times in rock categories; this year they’re nominated for Best Rock Song for “Hardwired.”

Carrie Underwood is a seven-time Grammy winner. She claimed Best New Artist in 2007, the year after Legend did, and since then she has been a favorite in country performance categories. She’s nominated again for Best Country Solo Performance this year for “Church Bells.”

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Fellow country star Urban has won four country performance Grammys, and this year he’s up for another pair of awards: Best Country Solo (“Blue Ain’t Your Color”) and Best Country Album (“Ripcord”).

The 2017 Grammy Awards are being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The event is being hosted for the first time by James Corden, a Tony and Emmy winning performer and the host of CBS’s “Late Late Show” where he has already gotten cozy with several Grammy winners thanks to his viral segment “Carpool Karaoke.”

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