Grammy Performance To Benefit Tsunami Aid
An all-star live performance of the Beatles song "Across the Universe" during the 47th annual Grammy Awards celebration will be immediately released to raise funds for tsunami relief efforts.An all-star live performance of the Beatles song "Across the Universe" during the 47th annual Grammy Awards celebration will be immediately released to raise funds for tsunami relief efforts. U2 lead singer Bono, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Velvet Revolver, Tim McGraw and Brian Wilson have been tapped to take part, with other artists expected to join.
The track will be made available for download at Apple's iTunes Music Store for 99 cents, with all proceeds to aid victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Video of the performance will be available on demand at CBS.com soon after the network's Feb. 13 broadcast of the awards.
In other Grammy Awards news, newlyweds Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will make their live performance debut during the telecast. The pair, who married in June, collaborated on a song appearing on Lopez's forthcoming Epic set, "Rebirth."
Anthony, who is nominated for best Latin pop album ("Amar Sin Mentiras") and best salsa/merengue album ("Valio La Pena") Grammys, previously recorded "No Me Ames" with Lopez as a duet for her 1999 album "On the 6."
As previously reported, the Grammy Awards ceremony will also feature a performance tribute to Ray Charles, a celebration of Southern rock and numbers by Kanye West, U2, McGraw, Alicia Keys and Green Day.
Queen Latifah will host the affair, for which Hoobastank, Alison Krauss, Tyra Banks and Steven Tyler have been newly confirmed as presenters.