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Grammys 2023: Who’s Performing and Skipping Music’s Biggest Night

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At a time when nothing seems normal anymore, the first “normal” Grammys week in three years is shaping up to be even more action-packed than the pre-Covid years. Starting Wednesday, almost every day and night is packed with parties, showcases, brunches, lunches and happy hours just like 2019.

Amidst all the fuss, we’re still waiting for the full lineup of performers for the Feb. 5 show at Los Angeles’ Arena, which the Grammys announced unusually late in the game this year — and Literally During a game, as happened when Harry Styles appeared as a performer in a commercial that aired during the fourth quarter of the Chiefs-Bengals AFC Final Sunday night.

Below are the artists we know are performing, the ones we don’t know, those who are participating but probably won’t be performing — and what we’re hearing might be… which is to say, subject to change and updates.

Who is performing: Sam Smith along with Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlyle, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo and Kim Petrus have already been announced. diversity Also heard that DJ Khaled will take the stage, possibly with Jay-Z — “God Deed,” their collaboration with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend and Friday, is up for three awards, including song of the year.

An all-star tribute to Loretta Lynn is also expected, possibly as part of a medley honoring several musicians who have passed.

For the big three – let’s just say it: Adele, Beyonce and Taylor – the situation is still uncertain. Adele has a Las Vegas residency concert two nights before the Grammys, making a performance at the big show possible (she could rehearse until late Thursday) but unlikely.

Beyoncé performed an elaborate set at the grand opening of Dubai’s Atlantis The Royal Hotel earlier this month — for a reported $24 million — so she must have rehearsed.

Swift is reportedly in talks with the Grammys.

Who is participating: All of the Best New Artist nominees — Anitta, Omar Apollo, Domi and JD Beck, Samara Joy, Lato, Maneskin, Mooney Long, Tobey Nwigwe, Molly Tuttle and Wait Legg — are expected to attend, but none have yet been offered a performing slot. . Doja Kat, up for six nominations, will walk the red carpet and sit in, but she is not expected to perform. Same with Future, who is up for Best Rap Album among multiple other nods. Zach Bryan, up for Best Country Solo Performance, will be in attendance but not booked to perform.

Who is avoiding: Lady Gaga, who is not expected to attend two awards for “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick” because she is currently filming; Phineas, nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media, is touring Australia; Drake is set for a number of collaborations in 2022, including with Future and Jack Harlow, but his appearances at these shows are rarely confirmed before showtime.

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards are produced by Fullwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy. Raj Kapoor serves as showrunner and executive producer, alongside Ben Winston and Jessie Collins as executive producers. Phil Hayes joins as director for the first time, with Eric Cook as co-executive producer, Tabitha Dumo, Tiana Gandelman, Patrick Menton and David Wild as producers.

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