Extended Grammys Telecast Adds More Talent

A host of artists have joined the already abundant talent lineup for next week's 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, leading CBS to extend its planned three-hour live broadcast on Wednesday (Feb. 27)

A host of artists have joined the already abundant talent lineup for next week's 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, leading CBS to extend its planned three-hour live broadcast on Wednesday (Feb. 27) by half-an-hour. Among the newly planned performances is a reprise of the Grammy-nominated duet between Tony Bennett and Billy Joel on the latter's "New York State of Mind." The track, from the Columbia disc "Playin' With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues," is among those vying for this year's best pop collaboration with vocals award.

The Grammy gala at Los Angeles' Staples Center will also find R&B veteran Patti LaBelle joining Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Missy Elliott for a rendition of LaBelle's 1975 No. 1 hit "Lady Marmalade." The remake of the track from Interscope's "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack topped The Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks last year, and is also nominated for best pop collaboration with vocals.

Rounding out the latest additions is an inspirational segment that will find best new artist nominee India.Arie performing with Brian McKnight, Al Green, and Hezekiah Walker. Arie is nominated for a total of seven awards, while McKnight is up for five, including best male R&B vocal performance and best R&B song for "Love of My Life." Walker is up for best gospel choir or chorus album category for "Love Is Live!" (Verity), and Green is among those being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award this year from the Recording Academy.

Earlier this week Bob Dylan, Outkast, Joshua Bell, and the "Lady Marmalade" ensemble were added to the performance schedule, joining 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).

Trisha Yearwood -- who is nominated for best female country vocal performance for "I Would've Loved You Anyway" and best country album for her MCA Nashville set "Inside Out" -- and Don Henley have joined the ranks of presenters for the affair. Others set to present awards during the show are Bonnie Raitt, Britney Spears, Diana Krall, the Dixie Chicks, Gloria Estefan, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, Ja Rule, comedians Kevin James and Ray Romano, Kid Rock, and Michael W. Smith.
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