A tribute to late musician Levon Helm will be included at the Grammy Awards, being held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, according to a Feb. 7 press release from CBS Television Network. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards, being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., will be televised live from 8-11:30 p.m. ET, tape delayed PT.
Performing in the tribute will be nominees Zac Brown, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) and Mumford & Sons, along with Grammy winner Elton John and Mavis Staples. The tribute to Levon Helm will be included in the In Memoriam segment of the awards show. Current Grammy nominee T Bone Burnett will serve as musical director for this special tribute to Levon Helm.
The In Memorial segment pays tribute to popular musical artists who passed away during the previous year. Last year, Whitney Houston died in Beverly Hills on the day before the Grammy Awards. A special celebrating Whitney Houston will be televised on Saturday night.
Levon Helm passed away in 2012, at the age of 71, after a battle with cancer. A member of the Band, Levon's recordings include "The Weight,” "Up on Cripple Creek,” "Ophelia" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Levon Helm was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band in 1994, according to information from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Performers for Music's Biggest Night include: Miguel and Wiz Khalifa, Dave Grohl, Ne-Yo, Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, FUN., the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Jack White, Elton John and Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting and Justin Timberlake.
Presenters include Ryan Seacrest, Beyoncé, Hunter Hayes, Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry, actor Kaley Cuoco, Neil Patrick Harris, Faith Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Tim McGraw, Pauley Perrette, Prince and Keith Urban. Two-time Grammt Award winner LL COOL J returns as host of Music’s Biggest Night ®.
THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.