Beyonce last performed at the Grammy Awards in 2014 Reuters

After a knockout opening performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé is returning to the stage on the biggest night in music.

Nominated for six awards this year, Queen Bey will sing the gospel tune Take My Hand Precious Lord before being joined by Common and John Legend for a special rendition of their Oscar-nominated song Glory from civil rights movie Selma.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, the 42-year-old rapper and actor said it would be an honour to perform alongside Beyoncé and promised an epic show.

"We're getting an introduction from the great Beyoncé," Common said. "That's a whole other level, to have her singing 'Precious Lord'. I'm excited."

He added: "It's the Grammys stage, so we're going to deliver some of the best performances we ever had. Expect the spirit of what the movie is about, the spirit of what the movement is about, and the spirit of what 'Glory' is about."

Common said the track, which took home the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, was particularly poignant as police brutality and civil rights continue to dominate headlines.

"This is what I live for," he says. "This is what I want to do as an artist. This is who I want to be as a person – to be able to speak up and say things that can impact people's lives, and things that can be inspiring to human beings. There's no other song besides 'Glory' that I'd want to be my first opportunity to perform at the Grammys."

Beyoncé joins an impressive line-up which includes Madonna, Sam Smith, Mary J Blige, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran.

LL Cool J will host the 2015 Grammy Awards, which takes place on Sunday 8 February.