Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban Among First Grammy Performers

John Legend and Metallica Round Out Initial 2017 Performers

Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are the first country performers announced to appear on the 59th annual Grammy Awards. John Legend and Metallica round out the initial performers booked for the show.

Underwood and Urban are each nominated for best country solo performance for “Church Bells” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” respectively. Urban’s Ripcord is nominated for best country album.

Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Kelsea Ballerini are each nominated in top all-genre categories.

Ballerini and Morris represent country in the best new artist category, which includes the Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak.

Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is up for album of the year along with Adele’s 25, Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Justin Bieber’s Purpose and Drake’s Views.

Morris and Grammy-winning hit-maker Lori McKenna lead the country and American roots nominees with four nominations each.

Additional Grammy performers will be announced throughout the coming weeks. James Corden will host the Grammys live from Los Angeles on Feb. 12.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.