By Annie Reuter

Another January day, another round of GRAMMY performer announcements. Lorde, Katy Perry and Robin Thicke with Chicago will take the stage later this month. (Thicke, if you remember, performed at the GRAMMY nominations concert last month with Earth, Wind & Fire, so he’s just continuing on that same train, it seems.)

But the most surprising part of the announcement? That Metallica, eight-time GRAMMY winners mind you, will perform with the GRAMMY Cultural Ambassador to China, Lang Lang.

Related: Behind the Song – Lorde’s ‘Royals’

All four are nominated this year: Lorde with four nods (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Pure Heroine); Thicke with three noms (Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Blurred Lines,” Best Pop Vocal Album for Blurred Lines); Perry with two (Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Roar”); and Metallica with one (for their Metallica Through the Never soundtrack(Music up for Best Recording Package).

(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images)(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images)

Yesterday it was confirmed that Nile Rodgers of Chic, Pharrell Williams and 25-time GRAMMY Award winner Stevie Wonder will all take the stage with Daft Punk.

Previously announced performers include Kendrick Lamar joined by Imagine Dragons; P!nk and Nate Ruess of fun.; Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton.

Related: Inside GRAMMY Album of the Year Mini-Docs

The 2014 GRAMMYs will also be getting its own album, comprised of 18 hits from nominated artists including Bruno Mars, Lamar and Justin Timberlake. It’s out January 21 via Atlantic Records.

Watch the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.


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