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Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj to Perform at Grammys

Other confirmed acts include Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Bruno Mars

January 12, 2012 11:35 AM ET

Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj
Grammy performers are announced.
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Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean are the first artists to be announced as performers at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on February 12th. While most of those acts have performed at the Grammys in the past, this will be Aldean and Minaj's first time on the Grammys stage. More performers and presenters will be announced in the weeks leading up to the show.

Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars are nominated for six awards apiece, just behind Kanye West in overall nominations. Both acts are nominated for Album of the Year, among other major awards. Minaj is up for four awards including Best New Artist, while Aldean and Swift are nominated for three awards each in country music categories. Clarkson shares two nominations with Aldean for their duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," which the two will perform together on the broadcast.

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