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First round of Grammy artists announced, none named Beyoncé

Clockwise (L-R): Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige and Brandi Carlile
Picture: AV Club, Photo: Theo Wargo/Manny Carabel/Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

With the Grammys just a few weeks away, the Recording Academy has announced a first wave of artists ready to take the stage at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com arena on the big night.

Although two of the most nominated names this year, Beyoncé and Adele, were not on the list, hope remains: the Academy also confirmed that additional artists would be announced in the coming days. Whether or not the pop icons will sing at the Grammy Awards this year, both artists have made long-awaited returns to performing recently. Adele is in the middle of her rescheduled stay in Las Vegaswhile a recent one Dubai performance from Beyoncé marked her first live show since dropping out AV Club‘s Number 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—of the confirmed artists, 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 also shares the year’s record along with 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 collaboration “Unholy.”

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

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