The Recording Academy’s announced the first batch of performers set to take the stage on the 2016 Grammys. 10-time Grammy Award winner Adele, 11-time nominee Kendrick Lamar, seven time nominee The Weeknd, and Grammy winners Little Big Town are confirmed to perform during this year’s Grammys set for February 15th at 8pm ET/5pm PT (airing live on CBS). Lip Sync Battle‘s LL Cool J is hosting for the fifth year in a row.
The 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year Lionel Ritchie will be honored during what’s dubbed “music’s biggest night.” Louis J. Horvitz is directing with David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are on board as writers. Ehrlich is also executive producing.
Lamar is this year’s top Grammy nominee, earning nominations in the Album Of The Year (To Pimp A Butterfly), Song Of The Year (“Alright”), Best Rap Performance (“Alright”), Best Rap Song (“All Day” and “Alright”), Best Rap Album (To Pimp A Butterfly), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (with Taylor Swift for “Bad Blood”), Best Music Video (“Alright” and “Bad Blood”), Best Dance Recording (with Flying Lotus for “Never Catch Me”), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“These Walls”) categories.
The Weeknd earned seven nominations this year including Record Of The Year (“Can’t Feel My Face”), Album Of The Year (Beauty Behind The Madness), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Can’t Feel My Face”), Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Song Written For Visual Media (“Earned It [Fifty Shades of Grey]”), and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Beauty Behind The Madness). The 2016 Grammys will mark The Weeknd’s first Grammy performance.
Little Big Town is also making their Grammy debut this year. The band is nominated in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Girl Crush”) and Best Country Album (Pain Killer) categories.