Madonna and AC/DC to perform at Grammy Awards next month

Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran will also perform at Los Angeles ceremony on February 8

Madonna, AC/DC, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Eric Church are the first performers to be announced for the upcoming 57th Grammy Awards, which will take place on February 8.

The annual award show’s official Twitter account made the announcement today following rumours that Madonna would be performing. The singer had uploaded an image onto her social media accounts yesterday of a Grammy Award wrapped in the same black wire used in images to promote her upcoming album ‘Rebel Heart’, with the caption “Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th @theGRAMMYs.”

This year will mark Madonna’s fifth performance at the ceremony. The seven-time Grammy Award winner last performed on the show last year with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The show will also be AC/DC’s first performance since the release of their new LP ‘Rock Or Bust’. The performance will take place without drummer Phil Rudd, who is currently facing charges of drug possession and threatening to kill in Australia.

Ed Sheeran is nominated for two awards at this year’s Grammy’s: Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for ‘X’. Ariana Grande is also nominated for two awards: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for ‘Bang Bang’ and Best Pop Vocal Album for ‘My Everything’. Eric Church is nominated for four awards, including Best Country Album for ‘The Outsiders’. See a full list of this year’s nominations here.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé was recently named the most nominated female artist in Grammy Award history, having received 47 nominations for Grammys throughout her career, surpassing former title holder Dolly Parton.