Kendrick Lamar will be returning to the Grammy stage when the annual awards show returns to Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, Billboard reports. The popular rap artist, who’s been nominated for seven Grammys including Album of the Year, is part of the next wave of announced performers revealed on Wednesday, which also includes Sam Smith, U2 and Sir Elton John. The four new additions join a stacked lineup of previously announced pop music performers for this year’s award show, including Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, a Broadway tribute by Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars and SZA, just to name a few.
Lamar is reportedly scheduled to open the show and is certainly a great choice for doing so. He created plenty of buzz and excitement following his 2016 Grammy performance, when his To Pimp A Butterfly album was then up for an equally impressive seven Grammy nominations. Elton John will also be joined by Miley Cyrus for a duet performance of “one of John’s classic hits.”
Sam Smith released his own highly anticipated sophomore album back in November with The Thrill of It All, and will be heading out on an arena tour around North America this summer starting on June 18. U2 also spent much of 2017 touring the country in celebration of their 1987 Joshua Tree LP turning 30-years-old. They capped off what was another big touring year for the veteran Irish rock outfit by releasing Songs of Experience back on Dec. 1.
John and his longtime creative partner Bernie Taupin will also be celebrated two nights after the Grammys, as this year’s President’s Merit Award recipients. The honorary musical event will take place underneath MSG at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 30, and will feature tribute performances from Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more. John will also perform a few tunes for the 5,500 capacity theater underneath the famous arena, and the entire event will be professionally filmed and aired on CBS at a later date.