Since few people actually care about the winners of the Grammy Awards, the producers of the show always stack the program with top-notch performers to keep things interesting. Few people can remember who won the top award last year, but those images of Prince grinding with Beyonce during last year’s show opener will go down as one of the greatest musical moments in television history.
This year, the Grammy people have drawn on 2004’s best-selling artists to make up their list of performers. Performers announced earlier today include Green Day, Alicia Keys, U2 and Tim McGraw.
The Grammys will air live from Los Angeles on February 13. More performers are expected to be announced closer to the day of the show.
The preliminary list of performers is comprised of many of the same names that make up the list of nominees. Green Day’s huge comeback album American Idiot is nominated for six awards which include Record Of The Year, Best Rock Album and Album Of The Year. Alicia Keys is up for eight nominations. Since their album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb wasn’t released until after the cut-off date, U2 were only able to submit their single “Vertigo,” which snagged noms for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Other notable nominees for this year’s Grammys include Kanye West with six noms, Los Lonely Boy with four and Slipknot with two.