The 2016 Grammy Awards will have three heavy hitters taking the stage as Kendrick Lamar, Adele and The Weeknd are the first performers announced for the star-studded event.

K.Dot, who has won two Grammys before, is leading the nominees with 11 nods, including Album of the Year for his stellar 2015 effort, To Pimp a Butterfly.

Adele, who nabbed six Gramophone trophies in one night in 2012, will make a return to the Grammy stage after releasing her 2015 project, 25. The British songbird will be performing a song from her critically acclaimed album.

The Weeknd, who's not too far behind with seven nominations, will be making his first-ever Grammy debut at the ceremony. "I was shocked at how many I was nominated for and how diverse the categories were. It's really important to me that I wasn't thrown in one category because of how I look or how I sing," said Abel after the nominations were announced.

The Grammy Awards will also be honoring Lionel Richie in a special tribute as he's the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year. With nearly fifty years in music industry, Richie has crafted chart-topping hits like "All Night Long," "Hello" and "Truly." And with him and Adele in attendance, we can only hope for a live skit based on their two popular songs, both titled "Hello."

The 2016 Grammy Awards, with host LL Cool J, will air live from Los Angeles on Feb. 15 at 8PM ET on CBS.

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