Last week, we learned that Daft Punk had been nominated for a potential armload of Grammy awards, including Album Of The Year, the big one. And today, we find out that we’ll get to see those gleaming robot helmets on the show, whether or not the duo win anything. Daft Punk barely every appear on TV, and when they showed up at the VMAs, they were just there to look cool and to hand Taylor Swift an award. Indeed, Daft Punk haven’t performed on TV since the 2008 Grammys, when they appeared in their pyramid and backed up Kanye West on “Stronger.” On next year’s Grammys, though, the duo will perform for real.
We don’t yet know what song, or songs, they’ll perform. But Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich tells Rolling Stone that the performance will be “a collaborative and celebratory stage performance that honors their multi-nominated music,” so cross your fingers for Panda Bear or Giorgio Moroder showing up. Talking about the arrangements, Ehrlich says, “We learned that because they had such a good experience with us when they appeared with Kanye in 2008, they were happy to discuss a performance on this year’s show. Conversations took place over a period of a couple of months, and finally they agreed to be a part of this year’s telecast. Details of the performance are still being worked out, but the idea of having the exclusive television performance by this iconic band is something we’re very, very excited about.” Us too!
Daft Punk have yet to play a single live show in support of Random Access Memories, so it’ll be fascinating to see what their live setup even looks like.
Kendrick Lamar will perform too. The Grammys air live on CBS on 1/26