The Grammy Awards always tap big talent for performances, and this year looks no different. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood are set to represent country music with performances at this year’s ceremony.
A 20-second preview video from the Grammy’s revealed a slew of performers. The spot aired during the NFL Playoffs and featured names like Underwood, Urban, The Weeknd, Metallica and more.
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Of course, those are just the first names. The Grammy Awards tries not to tip their hand too much when it comes to performances. And they love mash-ups of artists from other genres. That’s a trend other awards shows replicate with pretty good success now. Think the CMA’s Beyonce/Dixie Chicks performance or the Chris Stapleton/Justin Timberlake smash from a year prior.
Underwood snagged one Grammy nomination, a Best Solo Country Performance nod for “Church Bells.” Likewise, Urban has three shots at a Grammy. He’s nominated for Best Country Album, Best Country Song (“Blue Ain’t Your Color”) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Blue Ain’t Your Color” again).
The pair toured New Zealand and Australia recently together, so they’re obviously good friends. But they’re also competing for the most coveted award in music, so expect a little friendly rivalry.
No word on whether Underwood or Urban plan on playing their nominated tunes. Surely we’ll see more country performers on the show as well. In the past, stellar performances from people like Brandy Clark (with Dwight Yoakam) and The Civil Wars helped launch careers.
Country music has solid representation in the awards this year regardless. Sturgill Simpson grabbed a nomination for Album of the Year. He’s an underdog against some heavy hitters like Adele.
Meanwhile, Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini both landed a Best New Artist nomination. That’s a tough category, and it’s rare for a genre like country to land two spots. How cool that they’re both females, though?
The Grammy Awards air live on Sunday, Feb. 12 on CBS.