By Phyllis Pollack
Eight-time Grammy winner, current nominee, and 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Barbra Streisand will appear in a rare performance on the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (www.grammy.com), and three-time Grammy winner Kris Kristofferson will introduce Streisand’s performance. In 1976, the two starred together in the film ‘A Star Is Born.’
Pop singer/actor Miley Cyrus, two-time Emmy® winner Neil Patrick Harris, Kristofferson, six-time Grammy winner and current nominee John Legend, current nominee Paramore, and actor Seth Rogen have been added as presenters to Music’s Biggest Night®. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition 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 worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at Grammy.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For Grammy coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®’ social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.
Streisand joins previously announced performers and nominees Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Muse, and Katy Perry; nominees Justin Bieber and Usher, with Jaden Smith; nominees B.o.B, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe; nominees Drake and Rihanna; nominee Cee Lo Green, with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets; and Mick Jagger with Raphael Saadiq. Previously announced presenters include: current three-time Grammy nominee Dierks Bentley, singer/actor Selena Gomez, nine-time Grammy winner and current nominee Norah Jones, two-time Grammy winner and actor LL Cool J, current nominee Nicki Minaj, and current nominee Blake Shelton.
Eight-time Grammy winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and Grammy Legend Award recipient Streisand is up for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Love Is The Answer.
Arcade Fire, Bieber, B.o.B, Jagger, Lambert, Mars, Monáe, Muse, Paltrow, and Smith will be performing on the Grammy telecast for the first time, and all five Album Of The Year nominees are set to perform on Music’s Biggest Night: Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, and Perry.
Additionally, the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place from 1 – 4 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be streamed live internationally on www.grammy.com/live and on www.youtube.com/TheGrammys beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Well-attended by nominees and industry VIPs, current Grammy nominees Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding will co-host the star-studded ceremony, which will feature performances by current nominees including Afro-Colombian hip-hop trio and Latin Grammy winner ChocQuibTown; blues musician and five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy; singer/songwriter and Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper; American roots musician Maria Muldaur; contemporary blues artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd; trombone and trumpet player Trombone Shorty; legendary gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples; jazz musician Kirk Whalum; and R&B singer/songwriter and Grammy winner Betty Wright. Presenting the first Grammy Awards of the night in approximately 98 categories will be current nominees: performance artist Laurie Anderson, pop singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, electronic/dance music artist and remixer BT, actor/comedian Kathy Griffin, and Latin Jazz musician Wayne Wallace. The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on Grammy.com as video on demand for 30 days following the event.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.
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