Don’t be surprised if the Grammy Awards 2015 ceremony brings out some long-famous performers. An official announcement is still to come, but the fairly reliable Hits Daily Double, citing unnamed sources inside the Recording Academy, reports that Madonna, U2 and AC/DC have been booked for the February 8 show.
Madonna, coming off an early leak of unfinished demos, is scheduled to release her new album, Rebel Heart, on March 10 via Interscope. U2′s 2014 effort, the originally iTunes-only Songs of Innocence, is nominated for Best Rock Album, and the band will be gearing up for a world tour (they barely beat the eligibility cutoff for nomination). AC/DC recently released Rock or Bust, the Aussie hard rockers’ ninth album to land in the top 10 of the Billboard 200.
As Vintage Vinyl News points out, these bookings would continue a shift in the makeup of the Grammy performer lineup. Where the show’s live performances once focused on the music being honored, even if it was more than a year old, more recently the show has taken a cue from the American Music Awards and served as a promotional showcase for new music. For instance, Justin Timberlake performed a couple of songs at the 2013 Grammys that hadn’t been released yet. So while the new “Bitch I’m Madonna” might be a bit much for the Academy, we could easily be in store for a live “Living for Love.”