NIN, QOTSA, others perform all-star Grammys finale

More star power has been added to the 56th Annual Grammy Awards telecast for January 26th as new performers and presenters have been announced. The latest performers include current GRAMMY nominee Gary Clark Jr. and nominee Hunter Hayes. An all-star rousing telecast finale will feature nominees Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Dave Grohl who will be joined by GRAMMY winner Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac.

New presenters include current nominee Marc Anthony, nominees Black Sabbath, three-time GRAMMY winner Zac Brown, nominee Gloria Estefan, actress Anna Faris, GRAMMY and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, singer/songwriter and actor Ariana Grande, four-time Emmy-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, GRAMMY winner Olivia Harrison, actress Anna Kendrick, nominee Alicia Keys, two-time GRAMMY and 19-time Latin GRAMMY winner Juanes, nominee Cyndi Lauper, singer/songwriter and actor Jared Leto, nominee Bruno Mars, country singer/songwriter Martina McBride, nominee Miguel, two-time GRAMMY winner Yoko Ono, GRAMMY winner Smokey Robinson, TV and radio host/producer (as well as Honorary Chair of the GRAMMY Foundation Board) Ryan Seacrest, and four-time GRAMMY winner Steven Tyler.

Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host of Music’s Biggest Night that takes place live on Sunday, January 26th at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 pm (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.

This will be the first performance on the GRAMMY Awards telecast for Gary Clark Jr., Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Gary Clark Jr., 13-time GRAMMY winner Dave Grohl, and Queens Of The Stone Age are each up for two awards: Clark is nominated for Best Rock Song for “Ain’t Messin’ Round” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Please Come Home” while Grohl has nominations for Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” (along with Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear) and Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for Sound City: Real To Reel. Queens Of The Stone Age have nods for Best Rock Performance for “My God Is The Sun” and Best Rock Album for …Like Clockwork.

Two-time GRAMMY-winning group Nine Inch Nails are nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for Hesitation Marks.

Performers include current nominee Sara Bareilles together with four-time GRAMMY winner and 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King; nominees Daft Punk with nominee Nile Rodgers (of Chic), nominee Pharrell Williams, and 25-time GRAMMY winner Stevie Wonder; nominee Kendrick Lamar joined by nominees Imagine Dragons; nominee John Legend; nominee Lorde; nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; eight-time GRAMMY-winning group Metallica and GRAMMY Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang performing together; nominee and 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient (as a member of the Beatles) Paul McCartney; nominee Kacey Musgraves; nominee Katy Perry; nominees P!nk and Nate Ruess (of FUN.); nine-time GRAMMY winner and 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient (as a member of the Beatles) Ringo Starr; nominee Robin Thicke and GRAMMY-winning group Chicago (whose debut album was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame this year); nominee Taylor Swift; nominee Keith Urban; and a special performance featuring Merle Haggard, 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and nominee Blake Shelton. Also performing with Daft Punk are the RAM (Random Access Memories) session players: Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards airs live from Los Angeles Sunday, January 26th from 8-11:30 pm on CBS. Check local listings.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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