JAY-Z will join DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, John Legend and Fridayy on stage at the 2023 Grammy Awards this weekend to perform “GOD DID.”
Variety confirmed the Roc Nation mogul’s participation on Friday (February 3), just two days ahead of the show. “GOD DID” is up for three awards this year, including song of the year.
Taking place on Sunday (February 5) at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, the 65th annual ceremony will be hosted by Trevor Noah. In addition to the aforementioned names, Mary J. Blige, Lizzo, Steve Lacy, Bad Bunny, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Kim Petras and Sam Smith have also been announced as performers.
Quavo will pay tribute to TakeOff at the show as well. The Recording Academy announced on Wednesday (February 1) that the Migos rapper will perform his heartfelt tribute to his nephew, “Without You,” alongside the Maverick City Music choir.
The song — which features Vory and was produced by Zaytoven, Murda Beatz, Mike Dean and others — dropped on January 4 and marked Quavo’s first release since TakeOff’s death.
With events leading up to the awards ceremony in full swing, Khaled presented Wayne with the Global Impact Award at the Recording Academy Honors Presented on Thursday night (February 2), where Dr. Dre, Missy Elliot and Sylvia Rhone were also honored.
In a pre-recorded video played at the event, Drake took some shots at the Grammys while congratulating his brother Weezy.
“Good evening, Grammys. Well, I haven’t gotten to say that since 2016. My name is Drake and I’m here tonight on behalf of the Black Music Collective,” Drake said as he took off his glasses and winked at the camera.
He continued his video by stating he was presenting the Global Impact Award to pop star Ed Sheeran before someone off-camera whispered in his ear that the honor went to Lil Wayne.
It was an obvious dig on the Grammys fumbling award winners over the years, with the most memorable happening when Macklemore beat JAY-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Drake himself for Best Rap Album at the 2014 ceremony.
“Lil Wayne, oh right, makes sense, yeah, sorry Lil Wayne, my brother, that’s a lot better … I love you so much,” Drake said. “I know I probably get annoying with saying how much you mean to me and my family, but I think I speak on behalf of everybody when I say that our careers, our cadences, our melodies, maybe our face tats or our outfits or our decisions in general would not have been the same without your natural gift to just be yourself.”[via]