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First Grammy Performers Announced: Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish to Take the Stage

All three are recent Best New Artist winners, and all were recently shortlisted for the Best Original Song Oscar.

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The first slate of performers for the 66th Grammy Awards was announced late on Jan. 15, and to no one’s great surprise, multiple nominees Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Olivia Rodrigo will be among those taking the stage at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Feb. 4. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to being nominated in major categories at the Grammys, all three stars were also shortlisted for the Best Original Song Oscar last month. So this may not even be the only early 2024 award show to bring the trio to the stage.

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Rodrigo is up for six Grammys, including Album and Song of the Year.

Eilish and Lipa are both up for Grammys in multiple categories thanks to their contributions to the Barbie film soundtrack, with Eilish having already picked up a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for her track, “What Was I Made For?” At the Grammys, the song is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Music Video, and Best Pop Solo Performance. Eilish is also nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for “Never Felt So Alone,” her collaboration with British singer-producer Labyrinth.

A seven-time Grammy winner, in 2020 Eilish became the first person to win all four of the Grammys’ “big four” general field categories — Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist — in the same year since Christopher Cross in 1981. She also won her first Oscar in 2022 for the James Bond theme "No Time to Die."

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Eilish and Lipa have both been the darlings of several award shows thanks to their contributions to 'Barbie.'

Lipa’s Barbie confection, “Dance the Night,” has two nominations. It will go up against Eilish for both Song of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media — it was nominated with Eilish for the Golden Globe, as well, and both songs are heavy oddsmakers' favorites to pick up Oscar nods next month. Lipa has won three Grammys thus far, including Best New Artist in 2019, from eight total nominations.

Rodrigo is also a Best New Artist winner, having picked up the honor in 2022. This year, she’s up for six awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for sophomore effort Guts; Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for single “Vampire”; and Best Rock Song for “Ballad of a Homeschooled Girl.” In addition to Best New Artist, she won two other Grammys in 2022, both in the pop music field, for her debut album Sour. Her Oscar hopeful, “Can’t Catch Me Now,” was written for the prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

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SZA sits atop the Grammy field, with nine total nominations.

Though all three performers are heavily represented in the night’s marquee categories, the leading contender overall is SZA, who leads all artists with nine nominations, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year. Breakout singer Victoria Monét, Boygenius member Phoebe Bridgers, and engineer Serban Ghenea follow just behind with seven nominations apiece.


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