British rock activists Coldplay and New Jersey’s favorite son, Bruce Springsteen, will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards on February 8 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, where a tribute to funk legends Sly and the Family Stone will put Maroon 5, John Legend, Will.I.Am and members of Aerosmith on the same stage.
The Boss and Chris Martin’s X&Y gang were added Thursday (January 26) morning to a list of Grammy performers that includes Mariah Carey, a collaboration between U2 and Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera with Herbie Hancock, and Oscar-winning chart-topper Jamie Foxx with Kanye West, who is up for eight awards. Foxx and West are set to perform Record of the Year candidate “Gold Digger” as part of a Late Registration medley (see “Jamie Foxx And Kanye Go For The ‘Gold,’ U2 And Mary J. Team Up At Grammys”).
The Grammys will also feature an onstage tribute to funk legends Sly and the Family Stone, featuring nominees Legend, Maroon 5, and Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, as well as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph, and LFO’s Devin Lima.There’s no word yet on what tracks Coldplay and Springsteen will take on in two weeks. Between them, the two rock acts possess an imposing 16 Grammys — Bruce has received a dozen over the course of his career, and Coldplay have won four during their shorter spell in the limelight.
This year, both acts could add more trophies to their collections. Springsteen is in the running for five Grammys: Song of the Year (which pits him against fellow performers Legend, U2, and Carey), Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Long Form Music Video and Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Coldplay are up for three Grammys, and face off with U2 for each one. The band contends for Best Rock Song (a category that also features Springsteen) and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Speed of Sound.” Their album X&Y has been nominated in the Best Rock Album category.
It was also revealed Thursday that Brooklyn, New York’s Pastor Hezekiah Walker will direct his Grammy-winning Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir during the awards as part of Mariah Carey’s planned performance.
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