Melbourne-based arbiters of future soul music Hiatus Kaiyote have revealed that they will be performing as part of the upcoming 2014 Grammy Awards pre-telecast show. The group themselves are nominated in the Best R&B Performance category for their song Nakamarra.
“[It’s] only just sunk in…but even then it’s hard to get your head around,” drummer/producer Perrin Moss told Tone Deaf. “Hopefully a bunch of people that would normally not be at our shows will get the chance to see us. It was a surprise and nothing that we planned for.”
Moss described the invitation to play as part of the pre-Grammy celebrations, which will be streamed live on the official Grammys website, as “a great honour.” The drummer said the group will not be joined by former A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip, who makes an appearance on Nakamarra.
A number of antipodean stars have received nominations this year, including Perth’s Tame Impala, who scored a nom for Best Alternative Album, and New Zealand’s Lorde, who’s earned nominations in the Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance categories.
The performers list for the ceremony includes Metallica, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Lorde, and a special performance by Daft Punk, who’ll be joined by Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will also perform and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meanwhile, the ceremony, which will take place Sunday, 26th January at the Los Angeles Staples Center, will conclude with a performance by a supergroup composed of Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
— Hiatus Kaiyote (@HiatusKaiyote) January 21, 2014