First-round Grammy artists announced, none named Beyoncé

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Clockwise (LR): Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige and Brandi Carlile
Picture: The audiovisual club, Photo: Theo Wargo/Manny Carabel/Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

A few weeks before the Grammys, the Recording Academy announces a first wave of performers ready to take the stage at the Crypto.com arena in Los Angeles on the big night.

Although two of this year’s most nominated names, Beyoncé and Adele, have not been listed, hope remains: the Academy has also confirmed that more performers will be announced in the coming days. Whether the pop icons are singing at the Grammys this year or not, both artists have recently made some long-awaited performance returns. Adele is in the middle of her Las Vegas residency postponedwhile a recent Dubai show of Beyoncé marked her first live performance since her fall The audiovisual clubit is No. 1 album of the year, Renaissance.

The eight artists announced Wednesday morning are: Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras and Sam Smith. All eight are also up for awards this year—among confirmed performers, Brandi Carlile has the most nominations in 2023 with seven, tying her with Adele. Beyonce leads the pack with 11 nods, followed by Kendrick Lamar (eight), Adele and Carlile.

Carlile is also in the running for Record Of The Year, alongside Blige (six nominations), Lacy (four), Lizzo (five) and Bad Bunny (three). Combs is up for three awards in the country category, including Best Song, Best Duo/Group Performance and Best Album. First-time nominee Petras and four-time winner Smith are both nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their “Unholy” collaboration.

Hosted by three-time emcee Trevor Noah, the 2023 Grammys will air live via CBS on February 5 at 8 PMET/5 PMPT

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