Among the latest performances announced for the 46th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards telecast are Prince, The Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce; a special segment celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Beatles’ first U.S. appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” featuring Sting, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, and Pharrell Williams; and a tribute to late singer/songwriter Warren Zevon with Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Timothy B. Schmit, Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam and Jorge Calderon, it was announced today by the Recording Academy(R). In addition, Britney Spears, Keith Urban, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and Joshua Bell will make appearances as presenters. The music industry’s premier event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 8 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (EST/PST). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at GRAMMY.com.
GRAMMY and Oscar-winning recording artist Prince will perform on the telecast. He is currently nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album (N.E.W.S.). The Black Eyed Peas will perform their GRAMMY-nominated recording “Where Is The Love?” with Justin Timberlake, whose solo performance was previously announced.
The Black Eyed Peas are currently nominated for Record Of The Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Where Is The Love?” with Timberlake). Timberlake holds five nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (Justified), Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (“Cry Me A River”), and Record Of The Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with The Black Eyed Peas. Beyonce will perform on the telecast. She is nominated for six GRAMMYs, including Record Of The Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (“Crazy In Love” featuring Jay-Z), Best R&B Female Vocal Performance (“Dangerously In Love 2”), Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“The Closer I Get To You” with Luther Vandross), Best R&B Song (“Crazy In Love”), and Best Contemporary R&B Album (Dangerously In Love).
This year’s telecast will feature a special segment celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Beatles’ first U.S. appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Fifteen-time GRAMMY winners Sting and Vince Gill, GRAMMY-winner Dave Matthews, and current six-time nominee Pharrell Williams are slated to perform. Sting is currently nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (“Send Your Love”) and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (“Whenever I Say Your Name” with Mary J. Blige). Gill currently holds a nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance (“Next Big Thing”). Matthews is nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (“Gravedigger”). Williams currently holds six total nominations for the 46th Annual GRAMMY Awards, including two nominations in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category (“Beautiful” and “Frontin'”), two nominations in the Best Rap Song category (“Beautiful” and “Excuse Me Miss”), as well as Album Of The Year (as producer of Justin Timberlake’s Justified), and Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical as part of The Neptunes.
The late singer/songwriter Warren Zevon will be honored in a segment that will feature Jackson Browne, eleven-time GRAMMY winner Emmylou Harris, The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit, actor/recording artist Billy Bob Thornton, two-time GRAMMY-winner Dwight Yoakam, and Jorge Calderon. Zevon’s grown children Arial and Jordan also will make appearances. Zevon passed away in Los Angeles last September. He is currently nominated for five GRAMMYs, including Song Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (“Keep Me In Your Heart”), Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (“Disorder In The House” performed by Zevon and Bruce Springsteen), and Best Contemporary Folk Album (The Wind).
Newly announced presenters include pop diva Britney Spears, country artist Keith Urban, ten-time GRAMMY winner Babyface, and GRAMMY-winner Joshua Bell.
These artists join previously announced performances by Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Chick Corea, Celine Dion, Earth, Wind & Fire, 50 Cent, The Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Richard Marx, Martina McBride, OutKast, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Justin Timberlake, Sting and Sean Paul, and The White Stripes. Previously announced presenters include recording artists Hilary Duff, Kurt Elling, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, B.B. King, John Mayer, Brian McKnight, Carlos Santana, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Pharrell Williams, and actors Sean Astin and Amber Tamblyn.