Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – who as members of the Beatles will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award — will also perform. Sara Bareilles and Carole King will add a special duet to “Music’s Biggest Night” on Jan. 26, when LL Cool J returns as host.
The show will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on CBS. It will also be on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at Grammy.com and CBS.com.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for “The Heist”; Song Of The Year for “Same Love” (along with Mary Lambert); Best Rap Performance (along with Wanz) and Best Rap Song for “Thrift Shop”; Best Music Video for “Can’t Hold Us”; and Best New Artist.
Musgraves and Swift have four nods each: Musgraves is nominated for Best New Artist, has two nominations in Best Country Song for “Mama’s Broken Heart” and “Merry Go ‘Round,” and is nominated for Best Country Album for “Same Trailer Different Park”; Swift is up for Album Of The Year and Best Country Album for “Red,” Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Highway Don’t Care” (along with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban), and Best Country Song for “Begin Again.”
Bareilles and McCartney are each up for two awards: Bareilles is nominated for Album Of The Year for “The Blessed Unrest” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Brave”; and McCartney is up for Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” (along with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear) and Best Music Film for “Live Kisses.”
Legend and Urban each have one nomination: Legend is nominated for Best R&B Album for “Love In The Future”; and Urban has a nod in Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Highway Don’t Care” (along with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift).
Previously announced performers include Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers (of Chic), Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder; Kendrick Lamar joined by Imagine Dragons; Lorde; Metallica and Lang Lang performing together; Katy Perry; P!nk and Nate Ruess (of FUN.); Robin Thicke and Chicago; and a special performance featuring Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.