The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) has saved its biggest performance news for last: Today the music industry association announced legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will perform at Sunday night’s 53rd annual Grammy Awards in a tribute to acoustic music.
Dylan, a ten-time Grammy winner, will perform as part of a salute to acoustic music most appropriately with British roots-rock band Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers, sibling pickers from North Carolina. Mumford & Sons are up for two nominations: Best New Artist and Best Rock Song for “Little Lion Man.”
According to the L.A. Times, Mumford & Sons will perform their song “The Cave,” followed by the Avett Brothers with “Head Full Of Doubt, Road Full Of Promise,” and topped off by Dylan with an original.
NARAS also announced that seminal hip-hop producer and Dr. Dre will play the ceremony with his longtime protégée Eminem. Dr. Dre will be making his first Grammy stage performance on Sunday night when he duets live with Eminem, who leads this year’s nominations with ten. Dr. Dre received a nod for his role as a producer on Eminem’s “Recovery” album.
It also was announced that Adam Levine, frontman for the band Maroon 5, will share the performance stage with Eminem. Maroon 5 is nominated for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for “Misery.”
Previously announced Grammy night performers include Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Muse, Katy Perry, and Barbra Streisand. Justin Bieber and Usher will perform with Jaden Smith. Other Grammy nominees slated to play include B.o.B, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe; Drake and Rihanna; Cee Lo Green with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets; Mick Jagger with Raphael Saadiq; and Esperanza Spalding. Performing a special tribute to soul legend Aretha Franklin are Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Florence Welch of Florence & the Machine.
NARAS also announced an additional slate of award presenters, including: Zac Brown, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Matthew Morrison, Ryan Seacrest, Jason Segel, Keith Urban, and will.i.am. Additionally, it was announced today that Clay Matthews, the hulking and hirsute linebacker from the Green Bay Packers, winners of last week’s Super Bowl XLV, will present a golden gramophone. It will be determined then if his cue card reading skills are on par with his quarterback blitzing expertise.
The Grammys air Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, 8 P.M. ET/PT.