In 2010, Pink stunned the Grammy audience by singing her song "Glitter in the Air" while suspended above the crowd on a length of fabric, submerging herself in water, and then rotating slowly, soaking the crowd below. It was one of the night's most talked-about performances, but at this year's Grammys this Sunday night, Pink aims to top that.
Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich tells ABC News Radio that when he met with Pink a couple of months ago to discuss her performance on Sunday, "She said, 'I need to outdo what I did before.'" So, what does the singer have in mind this time around? Ehrlich would only says, "Close your eyes and imagine that we're on our way toward another supersonic Pink moment."
One thing we do know about Pink's performance is that it'll include fun. frontman Nate Ruess, because the two are slated to perform their #1 hit duet "Just Give Me a Reason," which is nominated this year. Coincidentally, last year, fun. also incorporated water into their Grammy performance, singing "Carry On" in an onstage "rainstorm."
Other unique duets and collaborations on Sunday's show include Sara Bareilles singing with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carole King, Robin Thicke performing with the band Chicago, and French electronic duo Daft Punk performing with Nile Rodgers of Chic and Stevie Wonder. For Ehrlich, the fact that Daft Punk is actually on the show at all is the most surprising performance of all.
"They don't do television, he tells ABC News Radio. "The last television show that they did was the Grammys [in 2008] when they were on with Kanye [West]. And what happened this year was they actually reached out to us, when they assumed they were gonna be nominated, and said, 'We had a pretty good time last time. Would you be interested in us this year?'"
A surprised Ehrlich adds, "I didn't even think they were gonna do it because they don't do television!" Unfortunately, he can't say whether or not the duo will remove their ever-present robot helmets if their song "Get Lucky" wins and they have to make an acceptance speech.
Other collisions of musical genres that will take Sunday night will include heavy metal gods Metallica playing with Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang, and rock band Imagine Dragons performing with rapper Kendrick Lamar. Of the latter performance, Ehrlich says, "Not that the rest of the ones that are on this show this year aren’t really true mash-ups, because they are, but this one I’m really proud of what they did, in getting together and integrating each other into each others' songs. It becomes really kind of pure and exciting."
The Grammys, which will also feature performances from Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Paul McCartney and many more, airs Sunday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.
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