Grammy Performance List Swells
Rock veteran Bob Dylan, rap act Outkast, and violinist Joshua Bell are among the latest artists to be added to the performance lineup for the upcoming 44th annual Grammy Awards celebration. Also signiRock veteran Bob Dylan, rap act Outkast, and violinist Joshua Bell are among the latest artists to be added to the performance lineup for the upcoming 44th annual Grammy Awards celebration. Also signing on is the quintet of ladies responsible for last year's hit remake of LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" -- Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink, as well as producer Missy Elliott, who will join her charges on stage for the performance of the track from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack.
These artists join an already long list of performers set for the Feb. 27 show, including U2, Alan Jackson, Train, Alicia Keys, Alejandro Sanz with Destiny's Child, Dave Matthews Band, 'N Sync with Nelly, and a tribute to the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack featuring nominated artists Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley, Gillian Welch, and Dan Tyminski and Pat Enright (appearing as the Soggy Bottom Boys).
Collectively the newly confirmed performers hold 13 nominations for this year's Grammys. Outkast has five nods, including album and best rap album of the year for its LaFace/Arista set "Stankonia," while Dylan has three, including album and best contemporary folk album of the year for his Columbia opus "Love and Theft."
Bell is nominated for best classical crossover album for "Bernstein: West Side Story Suite" (Sony Classical), and "Lady Marmalade" is up for best pop collaboration with vocals. Elliott is also up for three awards, including best rap solo performance and R&B song for "Get Ur Freak On," while Aguilera is up again in the best pop collaboration with vocals category for "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely," her duet with Ricky Martin. U2 leads the field with eight nominations, including album of the year for "All That You Can't Leave Behind" (Interscope).
Also new to the awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS television from Los Angeles' Staples Center, are presenters Bonnie Raitt, Ja Rule, and Michael W. Smith. Other announced presenters are Britney Spears, Diana Krall, the Dixie Chicks, Gloria Estefan, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, Kevin James and Ray Romano, and Kid Rock. "Daily Show" host/comedian Jon Stewart will be ringmaster of the affair for the second year in a row.
In other news, this year's Grammy Awards ceremony will also be cybercast via grammy.com and on America Online (AOL) at keyword: Grammy. Thanks to a new multi-year agreement between AOL and the Recording Academy, Web surfers will now have access to exclusive coverage of three days of rehearsals, a red carpet Web cast of celebrities arriving for the awards, back-stage and behind-the-scenes Web cams, and on-demand streams of video interviews with nominees.
AOL will also present Web cam coverage of the Feb. 25 MusiCares Person of the Year dinner honoring Billy Joel, which will feature performances by Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Garth Brooks, Diana Krall, and matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas, among others. AOL High Speed Broadband members will also have access to a live Web cast of J Records chief Clive Davis' annual posh pre-Grammy party, taking place Feb. 26 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.