Furtado, Blige, Franklin Added To Grammys
With the 44th annual Grammy Awards just hours away, performers and presenters are still being confirmed for the big show tonight (Feb. 27) in Los Angeles. Gospel artist Kirk Franklin will join U2 onstWith the 44th annual Grammy Awards just hours away, performers and presenters are still being confirmed for the big show tonight (Feb. 27) in Los Angeles. Gospel artist Kirk Franklin will join U2 onstage at the Staples Center, according to the Recording Academy, while nominated artists Mary J. Blige and Nelly Furtado will also perform.
The additions push the total number of performing acts to more than 30 for the three-and-a-half hour show, which will be broadcast live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET. As previously reported, also performing tonight are Alan Jackson, Alicia Keys, Alejandro Sanz with Destiny's Child, Billy Joel and Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, India.Arie, Brian McKnight, Al Green, Hezekiah Walker, CeCe Winans, Joshua Bell, Patti LaBelle, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim, Mya, Missy Elliott, 'N Sync, Nelly, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Gillian Welch, the Soggy Bottom Boys (Dan Tyminski and Pat Enright), Outkast, and Train.
Blige is nominated for two Grammys -- best female R&B vocal performance for the track "Family Affair" and best R&B album for "No More Drama" (MCA). Furtado is up for best new artist and best pop vocal album for "Whoa, Nelly!" (DreamWorks), and has two nominations for the track "I'm Like a Bird" (song of the year and best female pop vocal performance).
On Monday evening, Furtado took part in a pre-Grammy gala honoring Billy Joel, singing his "All for Leyna" at the MusiCares' Person of the Year dinner. Additionally, the songbird was spotted on-stage last Wednesday at L.A.'s Knitting Factory, joining headliner Macy Gray for a brief scatting session.
Newly confirmed presenters Celine Dion, the Backstreet Boys, Craig David, Dave Koz, Elvis Costello, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Perry, Natalie Cole, and Sheryl Crow will also appear during the show. They join previously announced presenters Bonnie Raitt, Britney Spears, Diana Krall, the Dixie Chicks, Gloria Estefan, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, Ja Rule, Kevin James and Ray Romano, Kid Rock, and Michael W. Smith.