Jagger with perform with Raphael Saadiq in a salute to the late R&B star Solomon Burke. Streisand will sing one of her signature hits from the 1970s. She'll be introduced by Kris Kristofferson, her co-star in the 1976 movie A Star Is Born. (Best guess: She'll sing "Evergreen," which she composed for that movie.)Neil Diamond to perform "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." Aretha Franklin, who has been seriously ill. Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Florence Welch (a.k.a. Florence + the Machine) will participate in the salute to the R&B legend. (The fact that the salute includes pop, R&B, country and rock singers shows the extent of Franklin's influence.)
Zac Brown, Keith Urban, will.i.am, Eva Longoria, Glee's Matthew Morrison, American Idol's Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest, actor Jason Segel and linebacker Clay Matthews, who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in the Super Bowl.
Previously announced performers are Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Muse and Katy Perry, plus these pairings: Justin Bieber and Usher with Jaden Smith; B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae; Drake and Rihanna; Cee Lo Green with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets; and Esperanza Spalding with members of the Grammy Jazz Ensemble and Grammy Camp.
Two factors explain the number of collaborative performances. First, that's the trend in the music industry in recent years. This year marks the first time in Grammy history that three of the five finalists for Record of the Year are collaborations. Also, Grammy producer Ehrlich strives to create "Grammy moments," which often involve special pairings of artists.John Mayer, who will be making his first appearance on the Grammy stage since a trash-talking Playboy interview last year hurt his image; Nicki Minaj, this year's hottest new artist (whose debut album was released a little too late for this year's competition); past Best New Artist winners Norah Jones and John Legend, plus Marc Anthony, Dierks Bentley, Miley Cyrus, Jamie Foxx, Selena Gomez, Jewel, LL Cool J, Paramore, Blake Shelton, Donnie Wahlberg and actors Neil Patrick Harris, Seth Rogen and Pauley Perrette.
While the performances by Dylan, Streisand and Jagger and the salute to Franklin demonstrate that the Grammys know their musical history, this year's show will also be notable for including performances by all five finalists for Best New Artist: Drake, Justin Bieber, Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine and Esperanza Spalding.
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