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Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Blake Shelton to rock Grammys

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Kris Kristofferson is looking forward to the 2014 Grammy Awards, but not just because he will receive a lifetime achievement award, according to a Jan. 25 Fox News report. Kristofferson and country music fans are excited for a great collaboration between the 77-year-old singer and his buddies, including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton.

According to Yahoo News Canada, Wilson, Haggard and Kristofferson already spent some time rehearsing at the Staples Center stage Friday. “I have to pinch myself,” Kristofferson said after the trio’s rehearsal. “When I'm up there singing, I think: 'I gotta be dreaming this.' Because they're my heroes. And they're also my friends!” He continued, “They treat me with respect — like I'm one of them. But I remember who I really am.”

Haggard thinks Kristofferson’s lifetime achievement award is long overdue, Fox News reports, but the honoree, for his part admits to being a little embarrassed about the award, which he will receive a Grammy event that includes Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of the Beatles. “Can you believe that?” he asked. “Listen, I was in the Army when they were big stars. I had five years of janitor work and pick-and-shovel jobs before I'd ever get to be a singer and a songwriter. ... The Beatles and Bob Dylan are the ones who are the superheroes that changed music in my lifetime. Remember what pop music was like before them?”

The 2014 Grammy Awards air Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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