Among the predominantly pop, hip-hop and R&B artists (and Broadway icon Patti LuPone) tapped to perform at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, there’s finally a couple of classic rock acts booked to …well…rock the crowd at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
In an exclusive to Billboard, U2 will be on hand to perform on “Music’s Biggest Night” January 28 live on CBS. If you’re hoping for a grand acceptance speech from the band, you’ll be out of luck. Their latest album, Songs of Experience, was not nominated for any awards due to being released after the GRAMMY deadline of September 30, 2017.
Also slated to perform is Elton John who, along with longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin, is receiving the 2018 President’s Merit Award. John will be joined by Miley Cyrus during the GRAMMY telecast, because…why not? (Actually, we take that back. If having Cyrus perform with Sir Elton means more millennials will discover the legendary artists, then go for it!) An additional special titled Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute will be filmed on January 30 and air at a later date.
U2 and John are joining an already stacked lineup of performers that include Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Kendrick Lamar, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Logic, Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Pink, Ben Platt and SZA.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.