Beyoncé's absence from the stage at the upcoming Grammy Awards has been officially confirmed by her representative. The rep spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, dispelling the widespread rumors on social media suggesting her participation in a tribute to the late icon Tina Turner.
Speculations ignited when the Australian Today Show tweeted about Beyoncé honoring Turner, who passed away last May after a prolonged illness in Switzerland.
Despite the anticipation fueled by the 2008 Grammys' memorable performance of Proud Mary by Beyoncé and Turner, the representative clarified that the global superstar will not be partaking in the ceremony. Beyoncé had previously expressed her admiration for Turner after her passing, sharing a heartfelt message on her website, acknowledging Turner's influence and expressing gratitude for her enduring impact.
Scheduled performers for the 2024 Grammys include SZA, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Joni Mitchell, U2, Billy Joel, Luke Combs, Burna Boy, and Travis Scott. The list of presenters is equally star-studded, featuring Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Lionel Richie, Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Maluma, Mark Ronson, Taylor Tomlinson, and Samara Joy. Trevor Noah will take on the hosting duties for the live CBS broadcast from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
SZA leads the pack with nine nominations, closely followed by Victoria Monét and Phoebe Bridgers with seven nominations each. Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and Olivia Rodrigo earned six nominations each, with female acts dominating the top three categories. Jon Batiste is the sole male nominee in these categories. Album of the year contenders includes SZA's "SOS," Swift's "Midnights," Rodrigo's "Guts," Batiste's "World Music Radio," Miley Cyrus's "Endless Summer Vacation," boygenius' "the record," Lana Del Rey's "Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd," and Janelle Monáe's "The Age of Pleasure."
Although Beyoncé will not be gracing the Grammy stage this year, the 66th annual Grammy Awards promise a star-studded lineup and an exciting evening celebrating the best in music. The ceremony will be broadcast live from Crypto.com on February 4, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.