Grammy Awards 2017: John Legend, Metallica Among First Performers Announced

Two big country music stars Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are also slated to perform at the annual ceremony taking place on February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

AceShowbiz - The first round of performers for the upcoming 59th annual Grammy Awards have been announced. Soul singer John Legend and metal legend Metallica are confirmed to make merry music's biggest night on February 12. They are joined by country stars Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

Other than Legend, all the performers announced on Wednesday, January 18 are nominated for awards. Metallica's "Hardwired" is nominated for Best Rock Song, while seven-time winner Underwood is in the running for Best Country Solo Performance for "Church Bells". Four-time Grammy winner Urban is up for Best Country Album for his ninth studio album "Ripcord" and Best Country Solo Performance for "Blue Ain't Your Color".

This year's list of nominees is dominated by pop queen Beyonce Knowles with 9 nods, including two major categories Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West follow closely behind with 8 nominations. Meanwhile, The Velvet Underground, Nina Simone and Sly Stone are set to be honored at the Grammys with the Special Merit Awards. The honorees will be celebrated as part of pre-Grammy Award festivities in February.

Television personality James Corden will host the annual ceremony, which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network. Additional performers will be announced in due course.

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