It was the biggest song of 2019, so why not let other superstars get in on the fun? This year, the Grammys will stage a special performance for “Old Town Road” featuring not only Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, but also Diplo, BTS, and more. It’s a moment fans shouldn’t this miss! Back in 2019, perhaps the biggest single to ever top the charts was Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” His first remix of it with Billy Ray Cyrus broke the record for having the most number of consecutive weeks atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 Singles chart. With over 19 weeks at number one, it beat Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito” remix with Justin Bieber. Since then, the young rapper has invited countless artists to remix the song too, and many have. So at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, a number of them will perform the song in a special live performance.
The ceremony will see the likes of Diplo, BTS, and Mason Ramsey perform their own takes of the song live. All of them have contributed to keeping the hype of this historic single alive and well throughout all of 2019. Though the Recording Academy promised that more artists will join the performance, they have yet to name who they are. But with the five already mentioned, they will join Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and Aerosmith as part of the performers on Grammy night. Notably, apart from Stefani, Diplo, and BTS, all of these artists are nominated or will already receive awards. Just recently, the Recording Academy also announced another special performance. They booked a number of artists to give a live rendition of the famous “Fame” song, “I Sing The Body Electric”. They include John Legend, Camilla Cabello, Gary Clark Jr., Ben Platt, Cyndi Lauper, Lang Lang, Debbie Allen, Common, Joshua Bell, Misty Copeland, and the War and Treaty. This special performance will pay tribute to Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich. Additionally, a press release noted that the performance will also shed light on the importance of music education in school. The musical “Fame” is about a group of performative art students realizing their dreams.
Though, despite all the excitement surrounding the ceremony, however, the Grammys are facing a tough controversy right now. Former Recording Academy chief Deborah Dugan sued the academy for a variety of reasons, part of them is an allegation of rigging both the nominations and results of the awards. She alleges that various board members with close relationships with artists have actively moved their friends and their work to not only get a nomination but sometimes, even win the award. Dugan says it happened this year as it has in previous years. The Recording Academy, on their part, has vehemently denied such allegations. Don’t miss the live telecast of The 62nd Grammy Awards this January 26, 2020, on CBS. Stay tuned on this space for more updates!
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