SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2014) — Lang Lang, a concert pianist who’s collaborations with many popular music artist have crossed the musical boundaries, will break new ground again with Heavy Metal giants Metallica.
Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang, will perform eight-time Grammy-winning group Metallica as part of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards telecast which airs live Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, 7 p.m. (CST) on CBS.
Lang Lang was born in China where he studied at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, and later the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Metallica members include James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett who is half-Filipino American. Hammett is consistently ranked in the top rock guitarists of all time.
Metallica will be performing on the Grammy stage for the first time in 23 years. They last performed at the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991.
Lang Lang last performed on the 50th Grammy Awards telecast in 2008.
Metallica’s “Metallica Through The Never” (Music From The Motion Picture) is nominated for Best Recording Package; art directors Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat, Brian Steele & David Turner are the nominees.
Two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J returns as host. Other performers include current Grammy nominees Lorde, Katy Perry, Nile Rodgers (of Chic), Pharrell Williams.
Stevie Wonder, a 25-time Grammy winner, will join performance by nominees Daft Punk, Robin Thicke and the group Chicago.
Other performances by nominees include Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, P!nk and Nate Ruess (of FUN.), and country legends Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and nominee Blake Shelton.
Chicago also will be performing on the Grammy stage for the first time, and their album The Chicago Transit Authority was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame this year. Also performing with Daft Punk are the RAM (Random Access Memories) session players: Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr.
This will be Lorde’s first performance on the Grammy Awards telecast, and Pharrell Williams’ first Grammy performance since the 46th Grammys in 2004.
Three-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams has seven nominations: two in Record Of The Year and two in Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Get Lucky” (with Daft Punk) and “Blurred Lines (with Robin Thicke and T.I.); two in Album Of Year as a featured artist on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and as a producer on Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City; and one for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical.
Lorde has four nods: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Pure Heroine.
Robin Thicke is up for three awards: Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Blurred Lines” (with Pharrell Williams and T.I.), and Best Pop Vocal Album for Blurred Lines.
Katy Perry has two nominations: Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Roar.”
The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at Grammy.com and CBS.com. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.