Multi-Artist Performance To Open Grammys
Sunday's (Feb. 13) CBS telecast of the 47th annual Grammy Awards will open with a multi-artist performance stretching across three stages. The spectacle will feature the Black Eyed Peas, Gwen StefaniSunday's (Feb. 13) CBS telecast of the 47th annual Grammy Awards will open with a multi-artist performance stretching across three stages. The spectacle will feature the Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani and Eve, Los Lonely Boys, Maroon5 and Franz Ferdinand, all of whom are nominated in multiple categories.
Eight-time nominee Usher has also been added to the show's performance slate, which also boasts previously announced artists Green Day, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, U2, Jennifer Lopez with Marc Anthony and Kanye West with John Legend, Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys Of Alabama. The event will be hosted by Queen Latifah, who is also slated to perform.
Several special segments are also planned, including an all-star performance of the Beatles' "Across the Universe" that will be sold via iTunes.com to raise funds for tsunami relief efforts. Already confirmed to participate are Bono, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Slash, Velvet Revolver, Tim McGraw and Brian Wilson.
Also on tap is a tribute to Ray Charles featuring Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston and a salute to Southern rock with McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dickey Betts and Elvin Bishop.
Kris Kristofferson leads a list of newly confirmed presenters that also boasts Lisa Marie Presley and actors Matthew McConaughey and Charlie Sheen.
Performers have also been confirmed for the Grammy pre-telecast event, during which the majority of the 107 awards handed out by the Recording Academy will be presented. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center prior to the televised show, the event will be hosted by Ananda Lewis and Steve Vai. Black Eagle and Jamie Cullum will perform, as will the Grammy Awards musical director Patrice Rushen with her 12-piece band.