Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, U2 and Sam Smith have been announced as the latest round of performers at the 2018 Grammy Awards, set to take place January 28th in New York City. Elton John is expected to perform “one of his classic hits” alongside special guest Miley Cyrus.
As previously reported on uDiscover Music, the already stacked Grammys line-up will also feature performances from Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Kesha, SZA, Pink and Childish Gambino. Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid – who partnered for the Grammy-nominated track ‘1-800-273-8255’ – will also take the stage, as will ‘Despacito’ masterminds Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.
To mark the Grammys’ return to New York City, the show will also feature tributes to Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein featuring Patti LuPone and Ben Platt.
Kendrick Lamar is up for seven Grammys this year, including Album of the Year for Damn and Record of the Year for ‘Humble.’ As for U2 and Sam Smith, both released albums last fall that arrived after the Grammy’s cut-off date.
Elton John’s performance comes as the iconic singer-songwriter is set to receive the Grammy’s 2018 President’s Merit Award. The musician and his long-time writing partner, Bernie Taupin, will also be honored with a special tribute concert, Elton John: I’m Still Standing, set to take place at Madison Square Garden two days after the Grammy Awards ceremony on 30 January.
“Sir Elton John is an international music legend who has captivated audiences across generations for more than five decades,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement. “His creativity, dynamic presence, and melodic virtuosity have positioned him as a cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is pleased to honor his immeasurable contributions to the music community.”
The tribute concert is also set to feature John Legend, Kesha, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban, and the recording of the event is set to air on US television’s CBS network later this year.
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