The Grammys 2014 nominees and performers already included Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce, but as of the latest news, hip hop star Jay-Z has been added to the lineup. Jay-Z was already announced as one of the Grammy nominees with the most nominations of any musical acts with nine total, with Kendrick Lamar, as well as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, in second place with their seven nominations. Now it appears that at least Kendrick and Jay-Z will be part of the performances for the evening, along with singer Beyonce.
The Idolator website reports on Jan. 20 that Jay-Z has been confirmed as a performer for the 56th edition of the show, and will join many others. They include country singer Keith Urban, as well as pop stars Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. The fact Beyonce is a performer could indicate that the husband-wife hip-hop power couple will perform a song or two together on stage. As of this report, Beyonce's hit song "Drunk in Love" which features Jay-Z is rising on the charts. There's also a duet from Jay-Z's album involving the pair.
Among the nominees from hip-hop in the "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" category are J. Cole featuring Miguel for "Power Trip" and Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige for "Now or Never." However, Jay-Z finds himself in the category for two different songs from "Magna Carta...Holy Grail." One is the title track featuring Justin Timberlake, while the other is "Part II (On the Run)" which features wife Beyonce. Jay-Z is also nominated for his song "Tom Ford" in the "Best Rap Performance Category," and his album, "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" is up for Best Rap Album. That particular category also features Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," as well as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist."
Other notable rap nominees include the ever-controversial hip-hop star Kanye West. While his highly-acclaimed and criticized "Yeezus" album wasn't put in the Album of the Year category, it was put in the "Best Rap Album" category. In addition, his song "New Slaves" is up for "Best Rap Song." The "Album of the Year" category will feature Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid," as well as "The Heist" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, competing against "Red" by Taylor Swift, "Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk and "The Blessed Unrest" by Sara Bareilles. All Grammy nominees can be seen here.
Hip-hop legend and actor LL Cool J will host the show live from Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 2014 edition of the Grammys arrives on the night of Sunday, Jan. 26 with CBS televising the event live.