Sorry, England: The good old U.S. of A. gets Adele back first.
Two weeks ago, the chart-busting singer announced that she would be making her triumphant return to the stage at the Brit Awards. That all changed this morning when the confirmation came that Adele would in fact be performing at the Grammys, making that appearance her first on stage since she took time off for career-threatening throat surgery nearly six months ago.
“I’m immensely proud to have been asked to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards,” Adele said in a press release sent out this morning. “It’s an absolute honor to be included in such a night, and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all.”
There’s no word on what she’ll be performing, but she has a trio of songs that have reached the top of the Hot 100 at her disposal.
And while the Grammy Awards broadcast likes to pair up huge stars, it’d be a waste to crowd the stage with anybody else, especially considering her arresting solo stint at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Adele joins an ever-growing list of performers, which now includes Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, and Paul McCartney. Confirmed tag-teams include Coldplay and Rihanna (marking the live debut of their Mylo Xyloto collaboration “Princess of China”) and Glen Campbell, Blake Shelton, and the Band Perry (which should be an emotional few minutes of television). For the first time in seven years, the show even has a host in LL Cool J.
That’s a pretty full Grammy stage already, though considering last year’s show featured 19 performers, that still leaves a few slots open.
But who else will go live that night? Will Jay-Z and Kanye West perform unannounced, just as they did at the VMAs? Will Bon Iver score some stage time? Will Van Halen show up for old time’s sake? What about Katy Perry? Lady Gaga? Who else do you think or hope will show up on the Grammy stage on Sunday, February 12? Let us know in the comments.
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