Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Kacey Musgraves head list of 2019 Grammy performers

Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Dan + Shay, Camila Cabello, Kacey Musgraves and Post Malone head the list of initial performers for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

All seven are nominees for this year’s edition of the Grammys, which will be televised Feb. 10 on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Alicia Keys will host.

Cabello, a former member of Fifth Harmony, will be making her Grammy performance debut. So will Malone and the country-music duo Dan + Shay, who between them have five nominations this year.

Monáe and Musgraves, who won two Grammys in 2014, have a combined six nominations between them. Both are contenders for Album of the Year honors. Ditto Cardi B, who has five nominations this year.

The Grammys are produced under the auspices of the Recording Academy, which typically announces performers for the telecast incrementally.

That may explain why this year’s two top nominees — Drake and Kendrick Lamar — were not included in today’s announcement of the first confirmed performers for the Feb. 10 telecast.

At least three San Diego-bred musicians are also nominated this year. They include: electronic music composer and performer Steve Roach; mandolin wizard Chris Thile, who is nominated with his genre-leaping band Punch Brothers and hosts the weekly radio show “Live From Here”; and jazz singer Gregory Porter, who performs Feb. 24 at the Balboa Theater.

Also nominated is former 4 Non Blondes’ band mainstay Linda Perry, who lived in San Diego in her late teen years. She is nominated alongside Kanye West for Non-Classical Producer of the Year honors. No woman has ever won — or been nominated — in that category since Lauryn Hill in 1999.

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