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[02/05/08 - 09:46 AM]
Fergie and John Legend to Duet and Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban to Perform Together for the First Time on "The 50th Annual Grammy(R) Awards," Live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, FeB. 10 on the CBS Television Network
Plus: Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Solange Knowles, George Lopez, Lyle Lovett and Ludacris are added as presenters.

[via press release from CBS]

FERGIE AND JOHN LEGEND TO DUET AND ANDREA BOCELLI AND JOSH GROBAN TO PERFORM TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME ON "THE 50TH ANNUAL GRAMMY(R) AWARDS," LIVE FROM STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES, SUNDAY, FEB. 10 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Special "Cornerstones Of Rock" Segment to Feature John Fogerty with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard

Nominees Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang to Perform in Special Classical/Jazz Segment

Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Solange Knowles, George Lopez, Lyle Lovett And Ludacris Added as Presenters

Current nominee Fergie and John Legend will duet and Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban will perform together for the first time on THE 50TH ANNUAL GRAMMY� AWARDS, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 10 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/ delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Current nominee John Fogerty with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard will appear in a special "Cornerstones of Rock" segment, while 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. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will continue to be announced in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the GRAMMY Awards.

As part of a special segment, pop and opera tenor Andrea Bocelli and pop and classical singer Josh Groban will perform together for the first time. In 2000, Groban filled in for an ailing Bocelli during the rehearsal of "The Prayer," Bocelli's duet with Celine Dion on THE 42nd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS. Now, eight years later, the two will perform the song on this year's show.

Chris Brown, Fergie, John Fogerty, Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang and George Lopez are all nominees this year.

Chris Brown is nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (with T-Pain).

Three-time GRAMMY winner Fergie is nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

GRAMMY winner John Fogerty is nominated for Best Rock Album.

Ten-time GRAMMY winner Herbie Hancock has three nominations: Album Of The Year, Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

Lang Lang is nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with the Orchestre De Paris conducted by Christoph Eschenbach).

George Lopez is nominated for Best Comedy Album (America's Mexican).

Previously announced performers include Beyonc�, 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.

Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as The Recording Academy, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.

The 50TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS are produced by John Cossette Productions in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Walter C. Miller is producer/director and Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer.





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