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Silk Sonic Tapped to Open 2022 Grammy Awards

John Legend, J Balvin, and Carrie Underwood will also perform, while a tribute to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is in the works

Jon Blistein Mar 31, 2022

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UPDATE (3/30): Silk Sonic will take the stage at this year’s Grammys, with the Recording Academy asking Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak to open the show. The Grammys have added a handful of other artists to this year’s lineup, too, including John Legend, Carrie Underwood, and J Balvin with Maria Becerra.

A tribute to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died last week, is also in the works, according to Variety. “We will honor his memory in some way,” said CBS executive Jack Sussman. “We want to figure out what is the right thing to do that is respectful to everyone involved. We’re patient. We’ll be planning right up until the very end.”

UPDATE (3/24): The Foo Fighters have been added to the performance lineup for the 2022 Grammys, alongside this year’s most nominated artist Jon BatisteVariety reports. The latest additions to the lineup also include H.E.R., Nas, and Chris Stapleton. The Grammys will also feature a special “In Memoriam” performance of Stephen Sondheim songs delivered by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and Rachel Zegler.

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Billie EilishBTS, and Olivia Rodrigo are among the first slate of artists set to perform at the 2022 Grammy AwardsVariety reports.

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Eilish, BTS, and Rodrigo are all up for multiple awards this year, as are other performers on the initial lineup: Brandi Carlile, the Brothers Osborne, and Lil Nas X, who’ll take the stage with Jack Harlow. The 64th Grammys will take place April 3 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, airing live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Eilish and Rodrigo were among the most nominated artists this year, receiving seven nods each, including looks for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year (Rodrigo is up for Best New Artist and a few genre awards as well). Meanwhile, Lil Nas X and Carlile scored five nominations apiece, Brothers Osborne picked up two in the country categories, and BTS scored just one, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Butter.”

The 64th Grammys were originally slated to take place — as they usually do — at the end of January, but the show was postponed for the second year in a row due to concerns over Covid-19. Unlike last year’s much smaller event, with both live and pre-recorded performances, the 2022 Grammys will likely be a much more normal show. This is also the first time the Grammys will be held in Las Vegas (although the city has hosted the Latin Grammys six times since 2014).

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From Rolling Stone US.

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