Kendrick Lamar, Pink and Merle Haggard to Perform at Grammys

Performance will be the country singer's first at the awards

Kendrick Lamar, Pink.
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December 19, 2013 2:30 PM ET

In addition to dance robots Daft Punk performing on TV for the first time since 2008, the 56th Grammys will feature Kendrick Lamar collaborating with Imagine Dragons, and Pink teaming with fun. frontman Nate Ruess, probably on their song "Just Give Me a Reason, which is nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

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Lamar is up for seven Grammys, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year for his 2012 release good kid, m.A.A.d city. Imagine Dragons are nominated for Best Rock Performance and Record of the Year for "Radioactive."

The broadcast will also feature what a press release describes as a "special Grammy moment" that will feature Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton; it will be 76-year-old Haggard's first-ever Grammy performance.

Grammys Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich recently spoke with Rolling Stone about Daft Punk's return, following their 2008 collaboration with Kanye West. "We learned that because they had such a good experience with us when they appeared with Kanye in 2008, they were happy to discuss a performance on this year's show," he said. "Conversations took place over a period of a couple of months, and finally they agreed to be a part of this year's telecast."

The show will take place at Los Angeles's Staples Center on January 26th at 8 p.m. EST, with LL Cool J hosting.

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