Katy Perry, Beyonce Added as Grammys Performers
Perry, who is up for two awards, performed for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show with Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday. She is bringing a more intimate performance to the Grammy Awards stage at Staples Center in Los Angeles with the single “By The Grace Of God” from her Grammy-nominated album “Prism.”
Beyonce, who’s nominated for six Grammys for her 2014 self-titled album, will sing the gospel tune “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” She will perform as an opener for John Legend and Common’s Oscar-nominated “Glory,” which is off the soundtrack to the film, “Selma.”
Common told Us Weekly: “We do have an incredible introduction to our performance. A segue into our song ‘Glory,’ as a tribute to Selma, being done by the great Beyonce. That’s one of the greatest talents you can have, helping us segue into it. To co-create a performance with someone like her. It’s good.”
On Wednesday, it was announced Mary J. Blige is going to sing a duet with Sam Smith, and that Beck, Brandy Clark, Juanes, Sia and pianist Lang Lang would also perform.
In addition, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer and Questlove have a special performance slated with Ed Sheeran, who is also performing with Jeff Lynne’s reunited Electric Light Orchestra.
Previously announced performers include AC/DC; Lady Gaga; Eric Church; Common with John Legend; Ariana Grande; Hozier with Annie Lennox; Jessie J with Tom Jones; Miranda Lambert; Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani; Madonna; Rihanna with winners Paul McCartney and Kanye West; Usher Raymond IV; and Pharrell Williams. LL Cool J is hosting the event.
The Grammy Awards air from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. EST Sunday on CBS.