The first performances for the 57th annual Grammy Awards telecast have been announced and include a range of new and legendary artists, from country rocker Eric Church, pop star Ariana Grande, and singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran to Grammy-winning hard rock veterans AC/DC and seven-time Grammy-winning pop icon Madonna. The eclectic lineup sets the stage for what's sure to be an incredible night for music. Taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Music's Biggest Night will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, February 8, 2015, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
The 57th annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the Grammy Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture.
As previously reported, AC/DC will headline the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, along with Jack White and Drake. Coachella is scheduled for April 10-12 and April 17-19, 2015, in Indio, California.
AC/DC will be on the road for much of 2015, touring in support of its new album, "Rock Or Bust", which arrived on December 2.
It has been a tough year for AC/DC, starting with guitarist and founder Malcolm Young's retirement due to being afflicted with dementia.
Then drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in early November on charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.
Rudd allegedly threatened to kill a contractor and his daughter, according to New Zealand prosecutors.
The allegations were made public December 5. On December 2, Rudd pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Rudd did not appear in AC/DC's two new videos nor any of the band's latest promotional photos, and his status in the group remains unclear.