Fergie, John Legend, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang to perform on 50th GRAMMY telecast
The Recording Academy has announced the latest round of performers for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast.
Signature GRAMMY moments will include current nominee Fergie and John Legend performing a duet, and Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban performing together for the first time.
Additionally, current nominee John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard will perform in a unique "Cornerstones of Rock" segment. Nominees Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang will perform in a special classical/jazz segment (conducted by famed maestro John Mauceri).
R&B singer and current GRAMMY nominee Chris Brown, actress and singer/songwriter Miley Cyrus, actress and R&B singer Solange Knowles, comedian and current GRAMMY nominee George Lopez, four-time GRAMMY winner Lyle Lovett and three-time GRAMMY winner Ludacris are the latest presenters set to appear.
Chris Brown, Fergie, John Fogerty, Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang and George Lopez are all nominees this year. Chris Brown is up for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Kiss, Kiss" with T-Pain). Three-time GRAMMY winner Fergie is nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Big Girls Don't Cry"). GRAMMY winner John Fogerty has a nod for Best Rock Album (Revival). Ten-time GRAMMY winner Herbie Hancock has three nominations: Album Of The Year, Best Contemporary Jazz Album (River: The Joni Letters) and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo ("Both Sides Now"). Lang Lang (with the Orchestre De Paris) is up for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra) for "Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4" (along with conductor Christoph Eschenbach). And George Lopez is nominated for Best Comedy Album (America's Mexican).
Previously announced performers include Beyoncé; Feist; Foo Fighters (with special guest conductor John Paul Jones); Alicia Keys; Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood; 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, the Clark Sisters, Israel And New Breed, and Trin-I-Tee 5:7 in a special gospel segment; the casts of "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" and Across The Universe in a special Beatles segment; and Rihanna with a reunited the Time in a special 50th anniversary segment.
Previously announced presenters include eight-time GRAMMY winner Natalie Cole, 12-time Latin GRAMMY winner Juanes, GRAMMY winner Cyndi Lauper, three-time GRAMMY winner Bette Midler and nine-time GRAMMY winner Bonnie Raitt.
The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide and XM Satellite Radio, and covered online at GRAMMY.com.Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.