Carrie Underwood

Metallica, John Legend and Carrie Underwood will perform at the Grammy Awards

Metallica, John Legend and Carrie Underwood will perform at the Grammy Awards

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday the first round of performers for the 59th annual Grammy Awards, and, as always, it’s a far-flung bunch designed to attract as many viewers as possible to the televised ceremony branded as “music’s biggest night.”

Veteran heavy-metal band Metallica, R&B smoothie John Legend and country superstar Carrie Underwood will appear at the Grammys, set to be broadcast live on CBS on Feb. 12 from Staples Center in Los Angeles. Another Nashville heavyweight, Keith Urban, is on the bill as well.

Three of the four acts are nominated for awards.

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