February 5, 2015


Katy Perry to Give "Performance With a Powerful Message" at GRAMMYs

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS

UPDATE (2/5): From the Super Bowl to the GRAMMYsKaty Perry is prepping yet another dazzling live show. And while we loved the dancing sharks and giant lion, this performance has a deeper message.

The Recording Academy confirmed an earlier Billboard report saying Perry will perform Prism ballad "By the Grace of God." People also reports that domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell will perform a piece alongside Perry. "It's an honor to collaborate with Katy in this way," the Austin-based activist told the mag. "It's going to bring a lot of encouragement and freedom to those who hear my story and know that they are not alone in this."

The collaboration came from an idea from GRAMMY producer Ken Ehrlich. "I started thinking about it and said, 'There is probably an opportunity here to do something really important.' It is one thing to have Katy sing, but why would we not want to accompany it with someone's personal experience who could humanize [domestic violence] and make it relatable to millions of men and women who are survivors."

UPDATE (2/4 Pt. 2): Looks like Beyoncé is returning to the GRAMMY stage, where she'll show a new musical side of herself.

Previously announced performer Common confirmed to Rolling Stone that the "7/11" singer will join him and John Legend onstage when they perform "Glory," the song they wrote and recorded for the Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma. Before they start "Glory," Bey will introduce the performance by singing the gospel standard "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Are you ready to be taken to church by Yoncé?

On the official Selma soundtrack, current GRAMMY nominee Ledisi sings the stirring gospel song. The track was reportedly known as a favorite of Dr. King. Read on for the rest of the GRAMMY performers below and keep up with all of Fuse's GRAMMY 2015 content right here.

Original Story: While the GRAMMYs are about celebrating the achievements of the best musicians in the world year in and year out, the performances are the real reason why folks tune in. This year, viewers will get a chance to see some major icons and up-and-coming pop greats hit the stage. Check out the list of confirmed performers at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, coming February 8, below:

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet
Ariana Grande
RihannaKanye WestPaul McCartney (performing "FourFiveSeconds")
Kanye West
Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani
Ed Sheeran and Jeff Lynne's ELO
Beck and Coldplay's Chris Martin
Hozier and Annie Lennox
Miranda Lambert
John Legend and Common (performing "Glory" from Selma)
Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige
Eric Church
Lang Lang
Jessie J and Tom Jones
Juanes (performing "Juntos" from McFarland, USA)
Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam
John MayerQuestloveHerbie Hancock and Ed Sheeran

If these first acts are any indication, it's that the 2015 GRAMMYs are as much about celebrating the past year as they are the one about to unfold. Grande, Sheeran and Church are all nominated artists for the hugely successful records they dropped in 2014. Madonna and AC/DC need no introduction between the two of 'em, but they're both set to have massive years: AC/DC will be hitting the festival circuit hard with a headlining gig at Coachella and Madonna will be releasing her massively anticipated Rebel Heart in the coming months.

Plus this year, Lady Gaga, Usher, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Ariana GrandeJanelle MonáeChris MartinThe Band Perry and Willie Nelson will be teaming up for a special celebration of Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life album two days after the GRAMMYs. A star-studded tribute takes place at the GRAMMYs every year, but 2015's multi-generational supergroup is sure to do the iconic record justice long after the awards ceremony comes to a close. CBS will air the star-studded Stevie Wonder tribute on Feb. 16.

Meanwhile, LL Cool J returns to host the ceremony for the fourth year in a row. Good thing too: The MC is one of the best hosts the show has ever had.

In short: The GRAMMYs aren't messing around this year. Loop back here for more info about the 57th GRAMMY Awards and don't forget to tune into the awards ceremony on February 8!