2017 Grammy Performers Announced

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grammy-logo-goldUpdate, Feb. 7: The Recording Academy and CBS Television Network have confirmed that Lady Gaga will be performing with previously announced Metallica at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The complete list of known performers as of today is as follows:
Beyoncé (heavily rumored)
Lady Gaga & Metallica
Chance the Rapper
The Weeknd
Bruno Mars
Daft Punk
Alicia Keys & Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban
John Legend & Cynthia Erivo
Anderson .Paak & A Tribe Called Quest
Demi Lovato, Andra Day & Tori Kelly
Gary Clark Jr. & William Bell
Sturgill Simpson
Kelsea Ballerini
Lukas Graham
Little Big Town
Katy Perry

The 2017 Grammy nominees were announced today (December 6) and, not surprisingly, music from many of the notable albums from classic rock greats was not among the nominees in the four biggest categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

In a year that brought us fine new albums by veteran artists such as Santana, The Monkees, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and two icons who passed in 2016, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, the Album of the Year category instead went to more predictable artists like Beyonce and Adele.

Bowie and his well-received Blackstar album did receive five nominations: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song (for the title track), Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album-Non-Classical and Best Recording Package.

Two Dylan albums earned two nominations : Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (for Fallen Angels) and Best Historical Album (for The Cutting Edge: 1965-1966).

Scroll down to see who’s up for the rock-related awards. The 59th annual winners will be announced on the live broadcast on February 12, 2017, on CBS.

The 2017 nominees in the four major fields are…

Record of the Year
“Hello” – Adele
“Formation” – Beyonce
“7 Years” – Lukas Graham
“Work” – Rhianna featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” – 21 Pilots

Song of the Year
“Formation” – Beyonce
“Hello” – Adele
“I Took a Pill in Ibiza” – Mike Posner
“7 Years” – Lukas Graham
“Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber

Best New Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
The Chainsmokers

Album of the Year
25 – Adele
Lemonade – Beyonce
Views – Drake
Purpose – Justin Bieber
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson

Just for fun, let’s look back 40 years at the Album of the Year nominees. We’ll refrain from commenting. They were:
Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years
Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy
Janis Ian – Between the Lines
Linda Ronstadt – Heart Like a Wheel
The Eagles – One of These Nights

In the rock-related categories, the Academy chose the following:

Best Rock Album:
California — Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco
Weezer — Weezer

David Bowie's Blackstar album cover

David Bowie’s Blackstar album cover

Best Alternative Music Album:
22, A Million — Bon Iver
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead

Best Rock Performance
“Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)” — Alabama Shakes
“Don’t Hurt Yourself” — Beyoncé featuring Jack White
“Blackstar” — David Bowie
“The Sound of Silence (Live On Conan)” — Disturbed
“Heathens” — Twenty One Pilots

Best Metal Performance
“Shock Me” — Baroness
“Silvera” — Gojira
“Rotting In Vain” — Korn
“Dystopia” — Megadeth
“The Price Is Wrong” — Periphery

Best Rock Song
“Blackstar” — David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
“Burn the Witch” — Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
“Hardwired” — James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica)
“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
“My Name Is Human” — Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

Best Rock Album
California — Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage the Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death of a Bachelor — Panic! at the Disco
Weezer — Weezer

Best Alternative Music Album
22, a Million — Bon Iver
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead

Rock turned up in a handful of other assorted categories: In the Best Engineered Album Non-Classical category, Prince‘s Hit N Run Phase Two and Bonnie Raitt‘s Dig in Deep made the cut. In Best Music Film, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years is nominated. And in the category of Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling), both Patti Smith‘s M Train and Elvis Costello‘s Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink are included. Finally, in the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package, Paul McCartney‘s Tug of War reissue is among the five nominees.

Best Classic Bands will be on hand when the winners are announced on Feb. 12.

Watch the video for “Sunday” from Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression album

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