AceShowbiz - The Recording Academy announced on Thursday, January 4 the first round of performers for the 2018 Grammy Awards. Pop titans Lady GaGa and Pink are confirmed to grace the stage at the annual event. They are joined by R'n'B singer/rapper Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover and country superstar Little Big Town.
This will mark Gambino's first performance at the event, while GaGa will perform for the sixth time. Furthermore, all four of the confirmed performers have been nominated for awards this year. Pink's "What About Us" is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, while six-time winner GaGa is in the running for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Million Reasons" and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Joanne".
On the other hand, Little Big Town is up for three awards, including Best Country Album for "The Breaker". Their Taylor Swift-written hit "Better Man" is nominated for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Gambino, meanwhile, notches five nods this year, including Record of the Year for "Redbone" and Album of the Year for his 2016 effort "Awaken, My Love!"
This year's list of nominees is dominated by Jay-Z with eight nods, including Record of the Year and Best Rap Song for "The Story of O.J." Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars follow closely behind with seven nods.
It has also been announced that there will be a special Broadway tribute honoring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein to celebrate the Grammys' return to New York. Two-time winner and Broadway icon Patti LuPone is set to reprise her performance of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from Webber's "Evita". Additionally, "Dear Evan Hansen" actor Ben Platt will belt out Bernstein's classic "West Side Story".
Hosted by James Corden, the award show will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, January 28 from 07:30 P.M. until 11:00 P.M. ET on CBS.