Broadway cast joins previously announced performers like Adele, Lady Gaga
The cast of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” is set to perform at the 2016 Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday.
Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast will perform a number from the acclaimed musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City.
“The ‘Hamilton’ cast and crew are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this year’s Grammy Awards,” Miranda, the “Hamilton” creator, writer and lead performer, said. “The music community’s response to our cast album has been overwhelming and we’re honored to be a part of such a special night. To perform from our home at the Richard Rodgers Theatre is a dream come true.”
Two-time Grammys winner LL Cool J is set to host for the fifth consecutive year. Previously announced performers include Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd.
The last time the awards broadcast included a performance from another location was on “The 50th Annual Grammy Awards,” when Amy Winehouse performed “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab” from London in 2008, the same year Winehouse earned her five Grammys.
“Melding contemporary hip-hop into a musical set in the year 1776, ‘Hamilton’ reimagines the traditional musical in a unique and extraordinary way that has brought Broadway — and our nation’s history — to new audiences,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy.
The 2016 Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.