LA Times Report: Madonna expected to perform at the Grammys
Madonna and Beyonce appear to have their eyes locked on the Grammy stage, the Los Angeles Times reports, citing ” two sources with knowledge of the plans”.
The two superstars are expected to be among the big surprise moments during next weeks ceremony.
Late last year Beyonce pulled off one of the best-kept secrets in recent music history when she stealthily released her self-titled album without as much as a hint.
The Grammys is where Beyonce will make her first televised performance in support of her new album – which shattered iTunes records upon its release in December – according to a source with knowledge of the matter, while Madonna is expected to pop up and lend guest vocals during a performance from one of the nights nominees, an additional source confirmed.
Performing at the Grammy Awards without being a nominee would not be something new for the Queen of Pop; Madonna appeared on the show in holographic form together with the Gorillaz in year 2006 mashing up “Feel Good”, inc with the “Hung Up” chorus, and then went on in the flesh with the full version of her “Confessions On A Dance Floor” lead single.
Longtime Grammy Awards show producer Ken Ehrlich said he “cant confirm” an appearance from Beyonce during an interview with Pop & Hiss to preview the show. Ehrlich didnt confirm or deny Madonna’s involvement.
“Lets put it this way we have a really great history that goes back to the early days of Destinys Child,” Ehrlich added. “I love working with [Beyonce]. Shes incredible. She is so into what it is that she does and making sure that everybody who sees her walks away saying, wow. ”
“Should she be on the show this year?” he continued. “I would think that the potential is there for that kind of moment.”
Other Grammy performers include Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr; Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder; Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons; Lorde; Katy Perry; Pink and Funs Nate Ruess; Robin Thicke and Chicago; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Kacey Musgraves; John Legend; Taylor Swift; Keith Urban and Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton.
Reps for Madonna and Beyonce had yet to return requests for comment.
The Grammy telecast airs at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on January 26.