Lang Lang

Chinese pianist Lang Lang, photographed at Carnegie Hall in New York, will appear at the 2014 Grammy Awards alongside the heavy-metal band Metallica. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

It is the pairing that classical-music fans have been eagerly awaiting for years.

Lang Lang, the internationally renowned classical pianist, will team up with the heavy-metal band Metallica at the 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony scheduled to take place Jan. 26 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS.

Grammy organizers said Lang Lang will appear with Metallica in a special performance during the ceremony. They said Lang Lang continues to serve in his role as the Grammy's cultural ambassador to China. No further details of the pianist's performance with Metallica were released. 

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Other Grammy performers announced on Tuesday include Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Lorde, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers.

Lang Lang isn't among this year's Grammy nominees, but Metallica is for "Metallica Through the Never (Music From The Motion Picture)," which is nominated for best recording package and other categories.

On Tuesday, Metallica tweeted: "We're kicking off '14 sharing the stage w/pianist Lang Lang @ the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sun, 1/26!"

This won't be the first time Lang Lang has performed at the Grammys. The pianist previously teamed up with jazz musician Herbie Hancock at the 2008 ceremony.

This year's classical-music nominees include recordings involving the L.A. Philharmonic and its former music director Esa-Pekka Salonen. 

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