The Grammys are known for their big-name performers and interesting collaborations, and this year’s awards show will be no different. The Recording Academy announced more performers Wednesday, adding three intriguing duets to the already impressive lineup. Country superstar Carrie Underwood and relative newcomer Sam Hunt are joining forces, as are Best New Artist nominees Tori Kelly and James Bay, and R&B’s Andra Day and pop star Ellie Goulding.
Each of the six newly announced performers is nominated for a 2016 Grammy, so needless to say, they’re a talented bunch. Bay leads the group with three nominations, but Day and Hunt are just behind him with two nods apiece. Underwood, Kelly, and Goulding scored one nomination each. Interestingly, Bay and Kelly are actually nominated in the same category, but they’re clearly willing to put aside any competitiveness in the name of a Grammy performance.
Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, it had already been revealed that viewers could expect to see Kendrick Lamar, Adele, The Weeknd, and Little Big Town take the Grammy stage. Lamar’s 11 nominations put him at the top of the pile, whereas Adele wasn’t nominated for any this year. (Not to worry, fans, the British songstress’ recent mega-hit, 25, is eligible for consideration for the 2017 Grammys.)
With seven Grammys to her name, Underwood is no stranger to the awards show. In fact, she’s performed on the vaunted stage in the past. Nonetheless, she’s excited to do it again, tweeting out praise of the “amazingly talented” Hunt.
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) January 27, 2016
The 2016 Grammy Awards are set to air live on both coasts on February 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The show will be hosted once again by L.L. Cool J, and still more performers will be announced soon.
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