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Grammy Awards announces performances by 50 Cent, Foo Fighters, Christina Aguilera and many others

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LOS ANGELES (Grammy Awards Website) - Among the latest performances announced for the 46th Annual Grammy Awards telecast are 50 Cent, The Foo Fighters and Chick Corea, and a special segment for Luther Vandross featuring Celine Dion, Alicia Keys and Richard Marx, it was announced today by the Recording Academy. In addition, Hilary Duff, Kurt Elling, Faith Hill, B.B. King, Brian McKnight, Carlos Santana, and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith will present awards.

These artists join previously announced performances by Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, Martina McBride, Justin Timberlake, Sting and Sean Paul, The White Stripes, and OutKast with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Robert Randolph & The Family Band. 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 www.grammy.com.

Rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) currently holds five nominations for the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song ("In Da Club"), Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group ("Magic Stick" with Lil' Kim), and Best Rap Album (Get Rich Or Die Tryin'). Three-time Grammy-winning rockers The Foo Fighters will make an unprecedented appearance onstage when they perform with Grammy-winning Jazz legend Chick Corea.
The Foo Fighters are currently nominated for Best Rock Album (One By One) and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals ("Times Like These"). Corea holds nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo ("Matrix") and Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group (Rendezvous In New York), and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists ("Armando's Rhumba" with Bobby McFerrin).

In what promises to be an unforgettable Grammy moment, the music of four-time Grammy-winner (and current five-time nominee) Luther Vandross will be celebrated in a special segment by Celine Dion, Alicia Keys and Richard Marx, who will perform two of his greatest hits. Vandross is nominated for Song Of The Year and Best R&B Song ("Dance With My Father"), Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Dance With My Father"), Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals ("The Closer I Get To You" with Beyonce), and Best R&B Album (Dance With My Father). Marx is nominated with Vandross for Song Of The Year and Best R&B Song ("Dance With My Father").

Newly announced presenters include actress/recording artist Hilary Duff, Jazz artist and current nominee (Best Jazz Vocal Album) Kurt Elling, four-time Grammy-winner and current nominee (Best Country Album) Faith Hill, 13-time Grammy-winning blues legend B.B. King, current nominee (Best Male R&B Vocal Performance) Brian McKnight, 10-time Grammy winner Carlos Santana, and five-time Grammy-winning recording artists Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Previously announced presenters include recording artists Norah Jones, John Mayer and Pharrell Williams, and actors Sean Astin and Amber Tamblyn.

The Grammy Awards are produced in association with Cossette Productions. Pierre Cossette is executive producer, Ken Ehrlich is writer/producer, Walter Miller is producer/director and John Cossette is supervising producer. Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer, Tzvi Small is executive in charge of production, and Andrea Dossa is associate producer.






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