Article by Matthew Gray
Last Wednesday, it was announced by the Recording Academy that the “Piano Man” himself Billy Joel will be taking the stage during the 2024 Grammy Awards.
This news comes less than a week after Joel’s announcement over social media that he also plans to release a new single, “Turn the Lights On.” The new song is set to be released just a few days before the Grammys on February 1st. This will be the first song released by the five-time Grammy winner since 2007 when he released “All My Life” for his now ex-wife, Katie Lee.
The Long Island native is also concluding his decade-long series of shows at Madison Square Garden. His residency will officially end on July 25th when he performs his 150th and final show at the famous arena.
Not many details are known about the piece just yet, except that it includes the lyrics: “Did I wait too long…to turn the lights back on?” which was highlighted in Joel’s post on his personal Instagram. Is this a reference to his time off from producing music? Only time will tell…
Joel will be joined by a variety of well-known artists performing at the event, including Billie Eilish, Burna Boy, Dua Lipa, Luke Combs, and Travis Scott. Additional guests are still being decided, with SZA currently leading the voting with 9 nominations. Other songwriters in the running for an appearance include Phoebe Bridgers , Victoria Monét (each with 7 nominations), as well as Jack Antonoff, Jon Batiste, boygenius, Brandy Clark, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and Taylor Swift (each with 6 nominations).
The show will be hosted by comedian and writer Trevor Noah, who is best known for his tenure hosting The Daily Show from 2015-22 on Comedy Central.
The 66th Grammy Awards will be live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 4th at 8 p.m. The show can be watched exclusively on CBS and Paramount+.