American singer and songwriter SZA, the most-nominated act for the 2024 Grammy Awards, is expected to perform on the Grammy Telecast.
This will be SZA’s second Grammy performance. She initially performed six years ago, when she was nominated for Best New Artist. She delivered Broken Clocks, a song off her debut studio album, Ctrl.
The 66th Grammy Awards is slated for Sunday, February 4, in Los Angeles.
The act with the most nominations typically performs on the show, although not always. Beyoncé, who topped the nominations last year, decided not to perform. She similarly declined to appear three years ago, despite leading the nominations. Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar also underperformed when they led the nominations in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Most notably, Michael Jackson did not perform in 1984, when he became the first artist to win eight prizes in a single night.
SZA, known in real life as Solána Imani Rowe, got nine nominations, including the Big Three honours for album, single, and song of the year. Her album SOS is considered a strong contender for album of the year, with Taylor Swift’s Midnights and Boygenius’ The Record. Swift and Boygenius have not yet been confirmed to appear on the programme.
SZA is the tenth artist announced for this year’s programme. These artists range in age from three in their twenties (Olivia Rodrigo, 20, Billie Eilish, 22, and Dua Lipa, 28) to three in their sixties or older (the four members of U2, who are in their early sixties; Billy Joel, 74; and Mitchell, 80). Burna Boy and Travis Scott, both 32, Luke Combs, 33, and SZA, 34, are also scheduled to play at the concert.
U2 will play from Sphere in Las Vegas, the venue for the band’s renowned U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere concert.
Trevor Noah will host the Grammys for the fourth straight year. He, too, is a Grammy nominee. He is nominated for Best Comedy Album for I Wish You Would. He is the first Grammy host to be nominated for a Grammy in the same year since Queen Latifah in 2005. Noah received a Primetime Emmy on January 15 for Outstanding Talk Series for The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.