Beyoncé Headlines 56th Grammy Awards Performances; Jay Z to Join for Rare Joint Performance?

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Jan, 20, 2014, 02:20 PM

Beyoncé has been announced as one of the performing acts for this Sunday's 56th Grammy Awards, marking the singer's first television appearance since the surprise release of her fifth studio album, Beyoncé.

It is also being reported that Queen B will be joined by husband Jay Z on stage, suggesting music's power couple could perform their hit track, "Drunk in Love." Last Friday it was rumored that Madonna would join Beyoncé for a hook-up of pop icons.

Other scheduled Grammys performances include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of the Beatles, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar and more. The first hour of the broadcast will include live sets from John Legend, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Lorde and Katy Perry, CBS announced.

Beyoncé may have released her "visual" album without any time spent on promotion, but the singer dedicated plenty of hours to perfecting the look of her latest release. In a recent sit-down as part of her documentary series, Self-Titled, the singer explained she recorded a trove of new material before trimming the fat for the final cut of Beyoncé.

"When I started picking the songs that I gravitated towards - because I recorded about 80 songs - it was the songs that were more effortless for me that stuck around," the singer revealed in part three of her documentary series on the album.

The singer's self-titled album continues to sell copies thanks to Queen B's busy bee fans, who have helped propel the singer to platinum status in just two weeks.

With the release, the "Single Lady" became the first woman ever to reach no. 1 with her first five studio albums. Beyoncé follows in the singer's footsteps imprinted by Dangerously In Love (2003), B'Day (2006), I Am...Sasha Fierce (2008) and 4 (2011). All five albums debuted at no. 1, as well. Only two other acts have previously created five no. 1 studio albums to start their career—rapper DMX and folk group The Kingston Trio.

With no promotion schedule to help boost sales, the feat is major game-changer. It was reported that only about 12 or so members of the singer's Sony Records team even knew about the album's release. The surprise release generated plenty of social media buzz with music fans, inspiring 1.2 million tweets in just 12 hours. The explosion of tweets featured a "Tweets per minute" (TPM) spike of 5,300, which was about 300 more than the television special Sharknado claimed halfway through its telecast, according to the New York Daily News.

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