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Sturgill Simpson, Chance the Rapper to perform at Grammys

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    Sturgill Simpson, left, performs during the Americana Music Honors and Awards show in 2014. Top Grammy contenders Simpson and Chance the Rapper are set to perform at the Grammy Awards this month.

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    Chance the Rapper performs on stage at Blaisdell Arena in January. The hip-hop artist will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.

NEW YORK (AP) — Top Grammy Awards contenders Sturgill Simpson and Chance the Rapper are set to perform at the awards show this month.

The Recording Academy announced today that fellow nominee William Bell and Grammy winners Little Big Town and Gary Clark Jr. will also perform on the live telecast on Feb. 12.

Previously announced performers include Adele, Bruno Mars, the Weeknd, Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys and Dave Grohl.

Simpson is nominated for album of the year and best country album for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.” Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards, including three for best rap song.

“It’s important to The Recording Academy that the Grammy stage showcases artists across all disciplines and genres, and we take pride in our ability to elevate the best in music while, at the same time, introducing audiences to sounds and songs they’d previously not heard,” Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement.

Beyonce, who announced she is pregnant with twins Feb. 1, is the most nominated performer with nine, including bids for the top three awards: album, song and record of the year. Adele, who has five nominations, will also compete in those categories.

James Corden will host the 59th annual Grammy Awards, airing live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Other performers set to take the stage include Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Metallica, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and Anderson .Paak.

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