After weeks of speculation, the Police confirmed today (Jan. 30) that it will reunite to open the 49th annual Grammy Awards Feb. 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The group has not performed live since its 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the Grammy appearance is widely expected to kick off a year’s worth of reunion shows throughout the world.
Last week, Vancouver radio station CFMI reported Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland had ensconced themselves at the city’s Lions Gate Studios to rehearse for the Grammys.
In other Grammy news, Joan Baez, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder and Chris Rock have joined the roster of presenters. The event will also feature performances from Beyonce, the Dixie Chicks, Gnarls Barkley, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and the trio of John Mayer, John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Blige leads the field of nominees with eight. The Chili Peppers earned six, while James Blunt, Dixie Chicks, Danger Mouse and Prince are among eight artists with five each.