Daft Punk might not have released a surprise album, but their meticulously promoted Random Access Memories rollout has held back one thing Beyoncé didn’t. Despite their once-scheduled Colbert Report appearance (later canceled) and their MTV Video Music Awards tease, the French dance robots have yet to perform live in support of SPIN’s No. 19 Album of 2013. That’ll change at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy has announced.
The “Get Lucky” duo, nominated for four Grammys including Album of the Year, will be making their first TV performance since the 2008 Grammys (Random Access Memories is nominated for five Grammys, including Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical). Kendrick Lamar, with seven nods including Album of the Year for good kid, m.A.A.d. city, will also perform, though he’ll be joined by “Radioactive” angst-rock duds Imagine Dragons (two nods). Pink and fun. singer Nate Ruess, each up for two awards thanks to their duet “Just Give Me a Reason,” are on the bill, too.
What’s more, the Grammy performance lineup calls for a country superjam of sorts. Country legends Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson will join forces with current nominee Blake Shelton for a “Grammy Moment.” Shelton is in the mix for two awards. CC’d: SPIN’s country columnist.
The Recording Academy confirmed LL Cool J will return as the host of the ceremony, which CBS will broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on January 26, 2014, from 8-11:30 p.m. EST. Check out the full Grammys 2014 nominees list.
As for Daft Punk, their Random Access Memories box set is still listed as available for pre-order. Earlier this month, they released the Julian Casablancas-starring “Instant Crush” video from the album. Also see where the helmeted gents ended up on SPIN’s 50 Best Songs of 2013 and SPIN’s 20 Best Dance Albums of 2013.