Paul McCartney will perform a world debut collaborative live performance with current Grammy nominees Kanye West and singer Rihanna at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Feb. 3. The song they will perform is a live version of their recent collaborative song “FourFiveSeconds” on which McCartney plays acoustic guitar but does not sing. West will also perform a second song on the show by himself. British tabloids last week first reported the three singers would perform the song on the TV show. The story, which was a rumor and not confirmed, received a lot of internet buzz.
“FourFiveSeconds” made its debut on the Billboard charts this week, scoring at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was labeled a “Hot Shot Debut” by the magazine. Its best showing was at #4 on the R&B Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart. Rihanna posted a behind-the-scenes preview of the official music video on YouTube.
McCartney's initial collaboration with Kanye West, “Only One,” which did not include Rihanna, appeared about a month ago. West himself is up for two awards this year: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song for "Bound 2" with Charlie Wilson. Rihanna is up for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "The Monster" with Eminem.
Previously announced performers at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards include AC/DC, Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga, Eric Church, Common with John Legend, Ariana Grande, Hozier with Annie Lennox, Jessie J and Tom Jones, Miranda Lambert; Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Usher and Pharrell Williams. Grammy winner LL Cool J returns as host of the awards, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT Feb. 8 and be broadcast on the CBS Television Network.