The 56th annual Grammy Awards will host a live Fab reunion: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will both appear at the ceremony, set for January 26 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, the Recording Academy announced today. Also joining the bill are John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban, plus Sara Bareilles performing with Carole King.
McCartney and Starr will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award with the Beatles. They last performed together for Starr’s 70th birthday in 2010 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Sir Paul also has a Best Rock Song nomination for “Cut Me Some Slack,” his song with Nirvana’s surviving members (happy birthday, Dave Grohl). He’s up for Best Music Film for concert movie Live Kisses, too.
Macklemore & Lewis lead this latest batch of performers at seven nominations, including nods for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Musgraves and seven-time Grammy winner Swift each have four nominations, including Best New Artist for Musgraves and Album of the Year for Swift.
Bareilles is up for Album of the Year, while iconic singer-songwriter King is the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. Legend, a nine-time Grammy winner, and Urban, who’s won four, each have one nod this year.
The ex-Beatles, Swift, and all the rest join an extensive list of Grammy performers. Already confirmed for the show are Daft Punk (with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, and the Random Access Memories session players), Kendrick Lamar (with Imagine Dragons), Lorde, Metallica (with pianist Lang Lang), Katy Perry, Pink (with fun.’s Nate Ruess), Robin Thicke (with Chicago), and a sort of country-legend Voltron (Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson, with current nominee Blake Shelton).
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ famous 1964 Ed Sullivan Show appearance. The Eurythmics, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and John Mayer will be covering Beatles songs for a TV special called The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute to the Beatles, to be held January 27 and broadcast on February 9. Reports also surfaced recently that McCartney and Starr might commemorate the semicentennial on Late Show With David Letterman, which is recorded at the Ed Sullivan Theater; a Letterman rep confirmed to HuffPo the show will recognize the February 7 anniversary but said no Beatles reunions plans had been made at that time.