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With the new opening verse by rapper Cardi B, Bruno Mars' 'Finesse' is bringing some heat to the Grammy stage (Image via BET)

The 6 Things You Need to Know About the 60th Grammy Award Performances

The Grammy performances are sure to bring some heat to the stage on Jan. 28.
January 20, 2018
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Listen up all you aux cord hoarders and music lovers, the 60th Grammy Awards will air live in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. James Corden, who is the host of the “Late Late Show With James Corden” and known for his award-winning “Carpool Karaoke” segments, will be the returning host to usher in the Grammy performances of the night.

Cardi B & Bruno Mars

The Entertainment Gods could not have picked a more delicious duo. Cardi B and Bruno Mars performing “Finesse” has been the headliner for the Grammys since it was announced.

Both stars tweet and posted their excitement, which has fans brimming with expectations. This is Cardi B’s first Grammy debut with two nominations.

Her bad bitch anthem, “Bodak Yellow” is nominated for best rap performance and best rap song. Grammy veteran Bruno Mars, who in total has 27 Grammy nominations and five wins, will add five nominations to his list.

“24K Magic” is nominated for record of the year, album of the year and best R&B album. “That’s What I Like” is nominated for song of the year, best R&B performance and best R&B song.

Logic, Alessia Cara & Khalid

The trio is taking the nationwide stage to make another statement for positive impact. Logic, Alessia Cara & Khalid will be sharing the stage with suicide attempt and suicide loss survivors who were selected by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to perform the suicide prevention anthem, “1-800-273-8255.”

A similar performance was a success at the MTV Music Awards, so home viewers can look forward to what twist will be added that separates this performance from the past. In addition, Khalid and Alessia Cara are both nominated for best new artist.


How will P!nk get the party started in 2018? Her past unforgettable performance in 2014 was done with ribbon acrobat techniques as she sung “Try.”

The audience was wet from tears and also because she was dripping with water as she hung on silk from the ceiling. Last year, at the American Music Awards she performed “Beautiful Trauma” while dangling from the JW Marriot in Los Angeles.

Based on her past performances, audiences sitting at home will be expecting a Cirque Du Soleil and concert combination. P!nk is nominated for best solo performance for “What About Us.”

Luis Fonsi , Daddy Yankee

The summer hit, “Despacito,” may seem like another hit song that made its way onto the Grammy stage, but Latin Grammy performers are rare (super rare — like, unicorn rare). According to Billboard, less than a dozen Latin acts have performed live at the awards show in the past 30 years.

Latin performers on a mainstream American Award show is progress considering the exponential growth of U.S. Latino population and strong current buying power held by the Latino community. Regardless, Daddy Yankee also recognizes the progress and is pretty stoked about performing shown in this Tweet. “Despacito” was nominated for record of the year and song of the year

Childish Gambino

This will be Childish Gambino’s first Grammy performance; however, could this also be Donald Glover’s last major musical performance? Since last year he announced “Awaken! My Love” would be his last album to focus on his show “Atlanta,” saying “Being punk just always felt really good to me and we always looked at ‘Atlanta’ as a punk show, and I feel like the direction I would go with Childish Gambino wouldn’t be punk anymore.”

Furthermore, the 33-year-old rapper, writer, producer, actor, singer and comedian extraordinaire is very selective about his performances. Last year, he performed at the New York City’s Governor Ball Music Festival and announced that this was going to be his only performance of 2017.

The public can only speculate what insane harmonious heaven Gambino will deliver with few remaining musical performances. His most recent album, which resulted in five Grammy nominations, was certainly a way to go out with a bang.

“Awaken! My Love” is nominated for album of the year and best urban contemporary. The song “Redbone” is nominated for record of the year and best R&B song.

Lady Gaga

Returning for her fourth Grammy performance in a row, Lady Gaga will bless the stage with another stellar set. With every Gaga performance, fans can expect her to deliver something theatrical from the moment she steps onto the red carpet — considering her past egg entrance — to the moment she drops the mic after each show.

Stay tuned to find out if Mother Monster wins a Grammy since she has been nominated for 19 total Grammys and won six. This year she is nominated for best pop vocal album and best pop solo performance for “Joanne.”

Camelia Juarez, Texas State University

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Camelia Juarez

Texas State University

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