Grammys 2018: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Kesha, Trevor Noah and Rihanna Join Performer and Presenters List


It’s undeniable that some of the most iconic performances of all time have gone down at awards shows. Remember when Beyoncé announced her pregnancy on stage? And that time Madonna and Britney made out? And Jennifer Lopez’s green dress (not quite a performance but, like, still very iconic)?

On that note, here is a list (and highlights) of presenters and performers set to take the stage this Sunday (28th Jan) for the 2018 Grammys.  Put your shades on, the stars are coming out bright for Music’s Big Night. We’re feeling the excitement.


Lady Gaga

The Mother Monster is going to be performing a track from her nominated album, Joanne. 


Well-known for her amazing performances, we are waiting in anticipation to see what Pink has up her sleeve. The singer is nominated as well for her album, Beautiful Trauma , and single, ‘What About Us.’


After having a traumatic past few years Kesha has risen from the ashes and earned her first Grammy nomination. She will be performing her song ‘Praying’ from her album ‘Rainbow’ on the night with Camila Cabello and Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels and Andra Day in a #MeToo- inspired ‘moment’ (as reports call it). Speaking about #MeToo/#TimesUp moments, the red carpet looks set to be downright blooming with white roses in continued support of these initiatives, following the statement of solidarity at the 2018 Golden Globes.

Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) will take to the stage for the first time ever at the Grammy Awards. Glover is nominated for a host of awards: “Album Of The Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Awaken, My Love!; and Record Of The Year, Best R&B Song and Best Traditional R&B Performance for ‘Redbone.'” He goes against ‘Despacito’ singers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (featuring Justin Bieber) for ‘Record of the Year’. *biting nails*

Miley Cyrus & Elton John

The music legend announced he would be retiring from touring, following this final “most produced, fantastic show I’ve ever done”, appropriately named the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour. No doubt his joint performance with Miley will be one you don’t want to miss.

Rihanna, Bryson Tiller and DJ Khaled

The trio will be performing their hit song ‘Wild Thoughts’ sampled from the original Santana ft. The Product G&B song, ‘Maria Maria’

Cardi B and Bruno Mars

Cardi B and Bruno Mars are going to be performing their hit song Finesse. If the music video is anything to go by, this performance is going to be 🔥🔥🔥. Cardi is up for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for her breakthrough hit Bodak Yellow. And Bruno Mars is up for six Grammys (see the full list here), including Album Of The Year for 24K Magic and Song Of The Year for That’s What I Like. This makes him the third-most-nominated artist (after Kendrick and Jay-Z).

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

These two were behind that song you literally couldn’t escape for the past year, Despacito.


Dubbed the new queen of R&B, if you are one of the millions of fan girls who had Love Galore on repeat for months, you’ll be happy to hear that she’s earned a whole five nominations.

SZA will be the most nominated female artist at the Grammys this year.

She shared this heartwarming Instagram post with her fans in response:

I remember pretending to be vegan cause that’s all I could afford lol (chips avocado n salad mix ) I remember sleeping on everyone’s couch cause I missed the train AGAIN (thank yall for having me lol ) . Sold my beloved 500$ grillz for 50 bucks at the gold shop for train fair( I was SICK 😩 lol ). I BEGGED Punch for writers on this project cus I thought no one would ever like me the way I was . He said “U don’t need em”. I remember crying cus I didn’t have any hits or a quantifiable “sound”.. I remember feeling like damn maybe I suck . maybe I should try something else ? Maybe I’m jus wasting space ..Life’s weird . I Didn’t have any friends growing up. never gave my parents an opportunity to say “wow my kids killing it” didn’t graduate or do any fly shit before my nana died . been fired from every job I ever had ..I remember sobbing on the phone w punch pleading for the album not to come out cause I couldn’t take the embarrassment . Just wanted another week . Another day ?..he ignored me n said I’d be fine…This entire thing puts my wildest dreams to shame. I dunno what to say cause I dunno how to accept its even happening to me lol ? I’ve never won anything in my life even until this week (THANK YOU SOULTRAIN AWARDS!!) it all just feels strange somehow BUT IM SO OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL FOR THIS STRANGENESS!! . I’m so in awe of Gods plan.. I just wanna live up to it. Thank you for listening to me.. thank you for understanding me.. thank u for bonding w my thoughts just the way they were. INFINITE GRATITUDE to the Recording Academy for this INCREDIBLE honor. I can’t even believe I’ve been considered. God bless every person who worked on this album or gave it an ear (specially the producers of the century @somethingnebula @iam_c_lang @thankgod4cody 💜) . Thank you Top and Punch for believing in me no matter what (even when I’m on your LAST nerves😊) . Thank u RCA for giving me new wings🙏🏾 THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS LIFE I DONT UNDERSTAND . #Ctrl.. a concept . #mygrannynominatedfor5grammys #TDE

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Kendrick Lamar

The rapper is nominated in 7 categories, and will be opening the Grammy Awards alongside comedian, Dave Chappelle, and band, U2.


Rapper Logic will be performing his song about suicide, 1-800-273-8255 which is nominated for Song of the Year. He’ll be joined by Khalid and Alessia Cara for the song as well as a group of suicide survivors on stage in a bid to raise awareness for the suicide hotline number.

Full list:

  • Alessia Cara, Khalid and Logic
  • Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church (Route 91 Harvest Festival tribute)
  • Childish Gambino
  • Gary Clark Jr. and Jon Batiste (Chuck Berry and Fats Domino tribute)
  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Zuleyka Rivera
  • Emmylou Harris and Chris Stapleton
  • Elton John and Miley Cyrus
  • Kesha
  • Lady Gaga
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Little Big Town
  • Patti LuPone and Ben Platt (Broadway tribute)
  • Rihanna, DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller
  • Bruno Mars and Cardi B
  • Pink
  • Sam Smith
  • Sting
  • SZA
  • U2


TV Personality and host of the hilarious Carpool Karaoke series, James Corden, will be hosting the show with the help of star presenters that include our very own Trevor Noah. Here’s the full list:

  • Tony Bennett
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Eve
  • Nick Jonas
  • Alicia Keys
  • John Legend
  • Hailee Steinfeld
  • Donnie Wahlberg
  • Dave Chappelle
  • Jim Gaffigan
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Trevor Noah
  • Katie Holmes
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Victor Cruz

You can catch the Grammys on 28 January at 4.30pm PST. (That’s 2.30am for us in South Africa, set your alarms.)

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