Add Madonna’s name to the list of high-powered music stars taking the stage at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
She’s expected to perform with one of the nominated acts, whose identity the Grammy folks will try to keep secret until the show – or at least until social media gets a whiff.
Also new to the lineup is Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, who, along with fellow nominee Miranda Lambert, will pay tribute to Phil Everly during the traditional “In Memorium” segment of the telecast, which airs live at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Juicy J were also just announced as performers, but, as always, it’s the inspired pairings that make the Grammys worth a three-and-a-half hour outing.
Imagine Dragons is slated to pair with rapper Kendrick Lamar (“They gravitated toward each other,” Ken Erlich, executive producer of the show, told USA Today); Robin Thicke will jam with ‘70s pop-rock icons Chicago (might T.I. pop in to rap on “Blurred Lines”?); Keith Urban and phenomenal newcomer Gary Clark Jr. will trade guitar licks; Piano-pop nominee Sara Bareilles will play with 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King; and a scheduled rock-heavy finale will blend Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney are both on the bill, but it appears only Starr will perform (his 1973 hit, “Photograph”), leaving a surviving Beatles reunion for Monday’s taping of a Fab Four special to air next month. Then again, it’s the Grammys, so who knows what could happen?