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GRAMMY Awards: Bruno Mars to Perform Prince Tribute During Sunday's Show?

By Joe Hyer

February 8, 2017

It has been four years since Bruno Mars performed at the Grammy Awards, and we’re hearing that he may return to the GRAMMY stage in a big way this weekend.

So we know GRAMMY producers have said that the show will feature stand-alone tributes to Prince and George Michael, but we don't know who will be appearing for those tributes. GRAMMY producers have simply said that you'll have to tune in to find out, but rumors are swirling that Bruno Mars will appear for the Prince tribute. 

Billboard.com reported last week that the 24 Magic singer was in talks to perform a tribute to Prince. Mars could to be joined on stage (at least for a portion of the tribute) by The Time. The Time, of course, was essentially founded by Prince in 1981 during a label dispute. It is not clear what the performance could look like exactly. Will Mars join members of The Time to cover Prince’s catalog? Will Bruno cover his own music during the set?

Producers have listed Bruno Mars as a performer for Sunday's show, but there is no official word if that will be tied to a Prince tribute.

Of course, we can totally see Bruno delivering a great Prince tribute on stage. He'd be the perfect performer for that, right? The being said, maybe GRAMMY officials are being extra cautious after last year's David Bowie tribute. Lady Gaga took a little heat for her performance tribute to David Bowie at last year’s ceremony. Bowie’s former drummer, Mick “Woody” Woodmansey, called the tribute a “stupid” representation of Bowie’s work. 

As for the show’s “In Memoriam” segment, it looks like John Legend and Tony winner Erivo will be performing as the names of the artists who passed away flash by on the screen. 

The 2017 GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 on CBS.