Sturgill Simpson to perform at the Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Top Grammy contenders Sturgill Simpson and Chance the Rapper are set to perform at the awards show this month.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that fellow nominee William Bell and Grammy winners Little Big Town and Gary Clark Jr. will also perform on the live telecast on Feb. 12.

Previously announced performers include Adele, Bruno Mars, the Weeknd, Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys and Dave Grohl.

Simpson is nominated for album of the year and best country album for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.” Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards, including three for best rap song.

“It’s important to The Recording Academy that the GRAMMY stage showcases artists across all disciplines and genres, and we take pride in our ability to elevate the best in music while, at the same time, introducing audiences to sounds and songs they’d previously not heard,” Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement.

Beyonce, who announced she is pregnant with twins Wednesday, is the most nominated performer with nine, including bids for the top three awards: album, song and record of the year. Adele, who has five nominations, will also compete in those categories.

James Corden will host the 59th annual Grammy Awards, airing live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Other performers set to take the stage include Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Metallica, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and Anderson .Paak.





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Grammys 2017: Sturgill Simpson Walks Away With Best Country Album

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth was something of a surprise hit when it was first released. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, but for a while, it looked like the alt-country singer might score a chart-topper. Before the charting week could wrap, legendary musician Prince passed away, and his massive fan base rushed out to snap up digital copies of his most popular titles. When the charts refreshed, Prince albums were at Nos. 1 and 2, while Simpson was relegated to third place, which is by far his highest position on the tally.

While he isn’t the biggest name in country to be nominated for Best Country Album this year, it isn’t surprising that Simpson ended up winning this trophy. He was the surprise nominee for Album of the Year (his only other nomination this time around), which shows that voters and critics alike felt his work was one of the best of 2016, regardless of genre. 

Including this year’s two nominations, Simpson is now a three-time Grammy nominee. He was previously up for Best Americana Album in 2015 for his last collection, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, though he didn’t win that award.

Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth beat out four other deserving country albums in this category: Brandy Clark’s Big Day In A Small Town, Loretta Lynn’s Full Circle, Maren Morris’ Hero and Keith Urban’s Ripcord.