MULTIPLE GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE KANYE WEST WILL PERFORM
WITH JOHN LEGEND, MAVIS STAPLES AND BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
ON "THE 47TH ANNUAL GRAMMY� AWARDS," FEB. 13
ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
BONNIE RAITT AND BILLY PRESTON WILL HONOR RAY CHARLES
TIM McGRAW, KEITH URBAN, GRETCHEN WILSON TO APPEAR WITH MEMBERS OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD, DICKIE BETTS AND ELVIN BISHOP IN SOUTHERN ROCK JAM
Norah Jones, Ludacris, Mark McGrath and Gary Sinise Will Present
Kanye West, currently nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, will perform with John Legend, Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama on THE 47TH ANNUAL GRAMMY� AWARDS, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 13 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston will perform in honor of Ray Charles, and Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson will appear with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dickie Betts and Elvin Bishop in a tribute to Southern rock. Queen Latifah was previously announced to host and perform.
Norah Jones, Ludacris, Mark McGrath and Gary Sinise will present.
Kanye West is nominated for 10 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance, Song of the Year, Best Rap Song, Best R&B Song and is nominated twice in the categories of Album of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (one with Twista and Jamie Foxx, and one with Syleena Johnson). Mavis Staples will receive the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Blind Boys of Alabama are nominated with Ben Harper for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance.
Bonnie Raitt has won nine Grammy Awards and Billy Preston is a two-time Grammy Award-winner. Ray Charles is posthumously nominated for six Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, and two in the category of Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (one with Elton John and one with Norah Jones).
Tim McGraw is currently nominated for Best Country Album and Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Keith Urban is also nominated for Best Country Album and Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Gretchen Wilson is nominated for Best New Artist, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album. Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of the definitive rock bands and Dickie Betts and Elvin Bishop are legendary musicians.
Norah Jones has won five Grammy Awards and is currently nominated for five more: Record of the Year, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (with Ray Charles), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (with Dolly Parton). Ludacris is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (with Usher and Lil' Jon). Mark McGrath is a recording star and co-hosts the syndicated television show "Extra." Gary Sinise is a multiple award winning actor and director and stars on �CSI: NY,� on the Network.
Previously announced performers are U2, Green Day and Alicia Keys. Previously announced presenters are Ellen DeGeneres, Christina Milian and John Travolta.
The Grammy Awards, considered to the music industry's highest accolades, are presented by the Recording Academy.
THE 47TH ANNUAL GRAMMY� AWARDS are produced by Cossette Productions for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are the executive producers; Walter C. Miller is the producer/director; Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer.
RATING: To Be Announced