Music’s biggest night continues to get even bigger and bigger. After announcing earlier this week that Dave Grohl, A Tribe Called Quest, and Anderson .Paak would be performing together, as well as Daft Punk making their return to performing alongside The Weeknd, the Grammys announced on Thursday morning that Chance The Rapper, Sturgill Simpson, and Little Big Town will also be performing at the upcoming 59th Grammy Awards on February 12.
"It's important to The Recording Academy that the GRAMMY stage showcases artists across all disciplines and genres, and we take pride in our ability to elevate the best in music while, at the same time, introducing audiences to sounds and songs they’d previously not heard," Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy said in a statement regarding Thursday’s performance announcement. "As fans' access to music has increased, so has their appetite for variety expanded. This year's lineup already reflects that—and we're still not done!"
There hasn’t been much detail provided on the plan for the actual performances from all these artists, which also includes Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Maren Morris, and Adele. One can imagine that with all the deaths of musical icons in the last twelve months, that many of the night’s performances may be in tribute to those which the musical community lost in 2016. Either that or the ‘In Memoriam’ part of the show will be a solid fifty minutes long.
Chance The Rapper is already in the running for a golden gramophone in four categories, including Best Rap Album for Coloring Book, Best New Artist, Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Ultralight Beam," and Best Rap Performance for "No Problem."
Simpson also has a pair of nominations for the evening, including Album Of The Year and Best Country Album for A Sailor's Guide To Earth.
Fans can tune in to watch all the performances live from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles when the award show airs on CBS at 8p EST.