With the Grammys right around the corner on February 10, the recording academy and CBS have announced another round of performers for the main event: Chloe x Halle, Mark Ronson, Travis Scott, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day.
Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will take the stage for a special performance in honor of Aretha Franklin, who died last August at age 76 after a career that spanned decades and earned the Queen of Soul a whopping 18 Grammys out of 44 nominations. Adams herself is a four-time Grammy winner for her gospel music, while Fantasia has won one Grammy out of 12 nominations in the R&B field. Day is a two-time Grammy nominee for R&B.
Dua Lipa and St. Vincent will perform together. Both are nominated for awards this year: Lipa is up for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording (“Electricity”), while St. Vincent contends for Best Alternative Album (“Masseducation”) and Best Rock Song (the title track). St. Vincent previously won Best Alternative Album in 2015 for her self-titled effort.
Like Dua Lipa, the sister duo Chloe x Halle are in the running for Best New Artist. They have an additional nom for Best Urban Contemporary Album for their debut studio album “The Kids Are Alright.” In addition to their music careers, they also co-star in the Freeform series “Grown-ish” opposite Yara Shahidi.
Rapper Travis Scott received critical acclaim in 2018 for his chart-topping album “Astroworld,” which earned him a bid for Best Rap Album in addition to Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song nominations for the number-one single “Sicko Mode.”
Mark Ronson is a Grammy darling as a songwriter, producer and artist. His breakthrough at these awards came in 2008 when he won Record of the Year (“Rehab”) and Best Pop Album (“Back to Black”) for his work producing Amy Winehouse‘s music. Then in 2016 he won Record of the Year for “Uptown Funk,” his collaboration with Bruno Mars.
In all, Ronson has won five times, and this year he has three more chances to take home some hardware. He co-wrote “Shallow” with Lady Gaga, which earned him nominations for Song of the Year and Best Visual Media Song (Gaga was also announced as a performer at these awards). And he’s nominated alongside Dua Lipa for Best Dance Recording for the aforementioned “Electricity.”
These stars join the list of previously announced performers including J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan and Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, Arturo Sandoval and Young Thug. So it’s sure to be a jam-packed event.
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