Taylor Swift to Play 2016 Grammy Awards
The Recording Academy revealed the news in a commercial for the awards show that aired during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night (Feb. 7); the organization also confirmed the news via a tweet.
According to USA Today, Swift will be opening the show with a song from her latest album, 1989, but not one that's up for an award, which means that it won't be "Blank Space" or "Bad Blood." The country-turned-pop superstar is nominated in seven categories, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Music Video.
Following its release in October of 2014, 1989, Swift's first purely pop album, became one of only four albums to be certified platinum that year and became the best-selling album of 2014. 1989 is only the fifth project ever to spend its entire first year in the all-genre Billboard 200 Top 10.
Also set to perform at the 2016 Grammy Awards are Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr., together in a tribute to the late B.B. King; the Mavericks; Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt; and Little Big Town.
The 2016 Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Feb. 15 beginning at 8PM ET. The televised ceremony will be preceded by the 2016 Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony,which is scheduled to run from 3:30PM ET until 6:30PM ET, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. The latter event will be streamed live via theGrammy Awards’ official website and CBS.com.
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