By Phyllis Pollack
Today, The Recording Academy announced more performers and celebrities that will grace the stage at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Among them are Grammy winner Olivia Harrison, wife of late Beatle George Harrison and Yoko Ono, widow of late Beatle John Lennon.
It was previously announced by the Academy that 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Paul McCartney, as a member of the Beatles, and nine-time Grammy winner and 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient drummer Ringo Starr, as a member of the Beatles, will perform.
Also announced today, more artists to perform at the Grammys will current Grammy nominees Gary Clark Jr. and country "new country" artist Hunter Hayes.
The Recording Academy's additional list of performers announced today will also include a historic telecast finale that will include nominated rockers Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Dave Grohl, accompanied by Grammy winner Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac.
Today's announcement included several more surprises. Among the presenters, a sample includes current nominees Marc Anthony, doom rockers Black Sabbath, three-time Grammy recipient Zac Brown; and Gloria Estefan, who has one nomination this year.
Hollywood will meet the Grammys when several actors take the stage. The Academy also released a list today, comprised of Grammy and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx; four-time Emmy-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris; actor Anna Faris; singer/songwriter and actor Ariana Grande, actor Anna Kendrick; and TV and radio host/producer (as well as Honorary Chair of the Grammy Foundation Board) Ryan Seacrest.
Today's news also included the revelation that nominee Alicia Keys; two-time Grammy and 19-time Latin Grammy winner Juanes; nominee Cyndi Lauper; singer/songwriter and actor Jared Leto; nominee Bruno Mars; country singer/songwriter Martina McBride; and nominee Miguel will also offer their talents to the star-studded line-up.
Legendary Grammy winner R&B singer Smokey Robinson will be a part of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
In an unexpected twist, Grammy winner Steven Tyler, lead vocalist of Aerosmith will also take the stage.
It was previously announced by The Recording Academy that current nominee Sara Bareilles will perform with four-time Grammy winner and 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King.
Nominees Daft Punk will perform with fellow nominee Nile Rodgers (of Chic), nominee Pharrell Williams, and 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder.
In another Grammy pair-up, nominee Kendrick Lamar will joined by nominees Imagine Dragons; nominee John Legend. Nominee Lorde will join nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; eight-time Grammy-winning rockers Metallica will cast their magic with Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang.
More artists slated to hit the stage include Grammy nominee Kacey Musgraves; nominee Katy Perry; nominees P!nk and Nate Ruess (of FUN.); nominee Robin Thicke and the Grammy-winning Chicago, whose debut album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame this year.
Among country artists that will perform are nominees Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and nominee Blake Shelton will also perform.
2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson will also take the Grammy stage. Kristofferson is known for classic hits including "Me and Bobby McGee," which was taken to iconic heights by the late Janis Joplin.
Daft Punk will perform with RAM (Random Access Memories) session players: Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr.
Gary Clark Jr., 13-time Grammy winner Dave Grohl, and Queens Of The Stone Age are each up for two awards. Clark is nominated for Best Rock Song for "Ain't Messin' Round" and Best Traditional
R&B Performance for "Please Come Home."
Dave Grohl is nominated for Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack" (featuring Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear) and Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for Sound City: Real To Reel.
Queens Of The Stone Age are up for Best Rock Performance for "My God Is The Sun" and Best Rock Album for Like Clockwork.
Two-time Grammy-winning group Nine Inch Nails are nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for Hesitation Marks.
The awards will be hosted by two-time Grammy nominee LL Cool J.
The Grammys will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Phyllis Pollack will be reporting live from the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
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