McCartney, Clarkson, Ciara Join Grammy Lineup
The performance lineup for the 48th annual Grammy Awards continues to swell. Following yesterday's (Feb. 1) confirmation of a show-opening Madonna/Gorillaz pairing, the Recording Academy has added PauThe performance lineup for the 48th annual Grammy Awards continues to swell. Following yesterday's (Feb. 1) confirmation of a show-opening Madonna/Gorillaz pairing, the Recording Academy has added Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson and Ciara to a bill now made up of a dozen performances.
McCartney is nominated for three awards this year: album of the year and best pop vocal album for "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" (MPL/Capitol), as well as best male pop vocal performance for the album track "Fine Line." Despite his long career and 13 past Grammy wins, this will mark the former Beatle's first Grammy performance.
Triple-nominee Ciara (best new artist, best rap/sung collaboration for "1, 2 Step" featuring Missy Elliott and best short form music video for "Lose Control" with Missy Elliott and Fat Man Scoop), will take part in the multi-artist tribute to Sly & the Family Stone. Double-nominee Clarkson (best female pop vocal performance for "Since U Been Gone" and best pop vocal album for "Breakaway" (RCA) is set to perform solo.
Comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been drafted to introduce McCartney's performance. Other newly added presenters are the members of Destiny's Child, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Chris Brown, professional cyclist Lance Armstrong and actresses Jennifer Love Hewitt, Teri Hatcher and Jenna Elfman.
Mariah Carey, John Legend and Kanye West share the lead with eight nominations heading into the Feb. 8 ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will be broadcast live on CBS.
For an up-close look at the top nominees for this year's event, visit the special online section Billboard Goes to the Grammys.