Pop superstar Lady Gaga and the psychedelic rapper Childish Gambino will perform at the Grammy Awards on January 28, organisers of the music industry’s biggest night announced Thursday.
Unveiling the first acts for the televised gala, the Recording Academy announced the return of Gaga, who at the 2016 Grammys put on a hi-tech medley of David Bowie songs in tribute to the late rock legend.
Gaga was shut out of the four main categories at the Grammys but Childish Gambino took surprise nominations for Album of the Year and Record of the Year, which recognises best song.
Childish Gambino, the stage-name of the actor and comedian Donald Glover, won acclaim and viral internet attention for his funk-infused album Awaken, My Love! and its key single Redbone, a sultry song touching on race and infidelity.
Pop singer Pink and country quartet Little Big Town will also perform at the Grammys, which are returning to New York from Los Angeles for the first time since 2003 to mark the 60th edition of the awards.
To showcase New York, the Grammys will honour Broadway with a tribute to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein led by Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt, the Recording Academy said.
Broadway mainstay Patti LuPone, who appeared in the original Broadway cast of Lloyd Webber’s Evita in 1979, will return to the Grammys to sing the musical biopic’s signature song, Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.