By Phyllis Pollack
In recent years, the awards show has been hitching artists together for performances, demonstrating the diversification, yet unity of the artists and musical genres involved.
These unique performances, with pair-ups not seen anywhere else, are part of what generated 39.9 million viewers for last year's Emmy-winning 54th Annual Grammy Awards, the largest Grammy audience since 1984, and the second largest in history.
Grammy nominee Kelly Clarkson is also set to perform on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards stage.
Presenters will include sixteen-time Grammy winner and current nominee Beyoncé, current nominee Hunter Hayes, actress Jennifer Lopez, and actor Pauley Perrette. The multi-talented, seven-time Grammy winner Prince will also hand a Grammy Award to one of the winners.
Two-time Grammy winner Clarkson has three nominations. They are Record Of The Year (along with Greg Kurstin, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Jesse Shatkin, and Chris Gehringer) and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," and Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger.
Grammy winner Bruno Mars is nominated for Best Rap Song for the hit "Young, Wild & Free," recorded with guest artists Snoop Dogg, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and Cameron Thomaz, famously known as Wiz Khalifa.
Previously announced performers for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards include current nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, The Black Keys, FUN., the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Jack White.
Elton John and current nominee Ed Sheeran will perform live together for the first time.
Alicia Keys and current nominees Maroon 5, and Justin Timberlake will also take the stage.
This will mark the first time that the Black Keys, FUN., the Lumineers, Ocean, and Sheeran will perform on a Grammy telecast.
Previously announced presenters are nominees Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry, actor Kaley Cuoco, actor and three-time Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris, five-time Grammy winner Faith Hill, three-time Grammy winner Tim McGraw, and four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban.
Two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J, who kept the audience enrapt last year with his tribute and prayer for the late Whitney Houston will return as host.
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.
The music industry's “Biggest Night of the Year” will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.
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