First round of 2017 Grammy performers announced

The first round of performers who will be gracing the stage at the 59th Annual Grammy awards were announced Wednesday. Here is a quick look at four artists spanning musical genres who are scheduled to perform at the ceremony, which airs live on CBS, Sunday Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

John Legend

John Legend performing in England in December 2016Tommy Jackson/Getty Images

Although John Legend isn't nominated for any awards this year, he is definitely part of the Grammy family, having won 10 of his own in previous years, including one for best new artist. In 2015, Legend and Common closed out the Grammys singing their award-winning song "Glory," from the motion picture Selma.


Metallica performing in Los Angeles in December 2016Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Eight-time winners Metallica, who have rocked out the Grammy stage in previous years, will return in 2017. Band members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich are up for best rock song for the group's "Hardwired." The track is from Metallica's most recent album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct. On their site, the group promised "something very unique and special" for their performance.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood performing at the CMA Awards in November 2016Charles Sykes/AP

Carrie Underwood, who has a total of seven Grammy awards and has brought her powerful voice to the stage several times, will be on deck to deliver a performance at the 59th Grammy award ceremony. The singer is also nominated for best country solo performance for her song "Church Bells" from her 2015 album Storyteller.

Keith Urban

Keith UrbanCharles Sykes/AP

Keith Urban, no stranger to the Grammy stage, is up for two awards in 2017, his first nominations in six years. His "Blue Ain't Your Color" will go up against songs by Underwood, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert and Brandy Clark for the best country solo performance award. Urban's Ripcord is also nominated for best country album.