The 65th GRAMMY Awards kick off this weekend, promising to be the biggest night in music across all genres.
Trevor Noah will host for the third consecutive year, with the show being back in “full effect” for the first time since the 2020 ceremony.
The rumor mill is swirling that the Recording Academy is keeping some surprise performances from huge A-list artists hush-hush until the very last minute before broadcast. Variety reports of the possibility that DJ Khaled will hit the stage alongside Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne to perform their three-time nominated much-buzzed-about 2002 hit “GOD DID.” And of course, given her recent return to the stage, the news of her RENAISSANCE World Tour, and her 9 Grammy nominations this year, the rumor mill and the fans are keeping their fingers crossed for a shock performance from none other than Beyoncé herself.
Confirmed performance announcements revealed Best New Artist nominee Steve Lacy, Album of the Year nominee Mary J. Blige, and Song of the Year nominee Lizzo will each be hitting the stage to regale viewers with a sample of just why the Recording Academy has deemed them the biggest and brightest music stars of 2022.
Questlove will produce and curate a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, introduced by LL Cool J and featuring performances by Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Outkast’s Big Boi, Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, Method Man, Swizz Beatz, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash, Lil Wayne, Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella, Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, The Lox, Public Enemy, Rahiem, RUN-DMC, Scarface, and Too $hort. The Roots will accompany the performance with their signature instrumentals.
In addition, rapper Quavo will be joined by Maverick City Music for a performance of his song “Without You” in tribute to the life of late Migos member Takeoff.
Nominees past and present, including Viola Davis (who stands to become an EGOT if she wins in the Best Audio Book category this year), Cardi B, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will serve as presenters during this year’s ceremony.
As for the star-studded audience, nominees like Doja Cat, Muni Long, Latto, Tobe Nwigwe, and Future are each expected to walk the carpet and be spotted in the crowd.
The 65th GRAMMY Awards airs Sunday, February 5th at 8 pm on CBS.