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Legend Kris Kristofferson says Grammy performance is a dream

Kris Kristofferson says Grammy performance is a dream
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Multi-talented icon Kris Kristofferson will take the stage at the Grammy's in an all-star performance. The collaboration will feature Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Blake Shelton. During rehearsals on Friday, January 23, Kris told the Calgary Herald that the performance is a huge honor for him.

"I can’t think of anybody other than Hank Williams who’s in my mind in the class of Willie and Merle,” Kris said.

He continued, “And I can sing with these guys, ‘cause they’re like brothers. For me, this is like a dream to be up there and treated as an equal. They might as well have Hank Williams out there and Ray Charles. ... They all respect me? Oh, boy.”

The performance will feature a medley of hits made popular by the iconic artists. Between the four singers, they several Grammy awards. This will mark Merle Haggard's first opportunity to perform on the Grammy Award show.

“I’ve always really respected both of them. All the serious songwriters in Nashville from the time I got out of the army idolized both of them, because they were the real thing. They were the closest thing to Hank Williams and they still are,” Kris says of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

For a complete list of nominees and performers, click here. The Grammy's will air this Sunday on CBS. LL Cool J will once again serve as the evening's host.