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Barbra Streisand is set to perform on the Grammy telecast for the first time in more than 30 years. Streisand's only previous performance on the Grammys occurred in 1980, when she and Neil Diamond sang their hit duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." Their performance is widely regarded as one of the most memorable in the history of the Grammy telecast.

Kris Kristofferson, who was Streisand's co-star in the 1976 movie A Star Is Born, will introduce Streisand on Sunday's show.

Streisand is the second music legend to be added to the Grammy line-up in recent days, following Mick Jagger. The rock icon will be making his first-ever appearance on the Grammy stage. (Here's my story about that.)

Such red-hot stars as Eminem, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber are also set to perform on the show, but their performances are more expected. They are at the height of their recording careers and are all nominated in marquee categories. Their record companies would have put enormous pressure on them attend and perform and maximize this promotional opportunity. The Streisand and Jagger performances are seen more as bonuses. They didn't have to say yes.

Streisand is an eight-time Grammy winner, though she hasn't won a Grammy in competition in 24 years. She's nominated this year for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Love Is The Answer, but she probably won't win. She's competing with Michael Buble's Crazy Love, which has been a commercial powerhouse. The album even spun off a hit single ("Haven't Met You Yet"), which is a rarity in the traditional pop world.

But it is worth remembering "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" didn't win any Grammys either. Streisand and Diamond lost two key awards to the Doobie Brothers. That pop-rock group took Record of the Year for "What A Fool Believes" and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus for Minute By Minute. But captivating performances on the telecast linger in the public memory far longer than who wins what. The Doobies performed "What A Fool Believes" on the 1980 telecast, but it's not the stuff of Grammy legend.

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Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Paramore, and actors Neil Patrick Harris and Seth Rogen have also been added to the Grammy show as presenters.

Other performers on the show are Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Muse and Katy Perry plus these pairings: Justin Bieber and Usher with Jaden Smith; B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe; Drake and Rihanna; Cee Lo Green with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets; and Mick Jagger with Raphael Saadiq.

Previously announced presenters include Dierks Bentley, Selena Gomez, Norah Jones, LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and Blake Shelton.

In addition to her Grammy show performance, Streisand will be the MusiCares' Person of the Year honoree at a dinner and concert to be held Friday night at the L.A. Convention Center. MusiCares is the Recording Academy's affililiated charity which gives music people a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

This is the 21st annual MusiCares gala. Streisand is only the fifth woman to be named Person of the Year, which is somewhat surprising. You would expect the roster of recipients to be more evenly split between men and women. Streisand follows Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan and Aretha Franklin.

Officially, the recipients are chosen to honor their creative accomplishments and philanthropic work. In reality (as with most charity functions), they are chosen on the basis of their perceived drawing power, so that the event raises as much money as possible, and for their stature (to preserve the award's prestige). Streisand is a home-run pick on both counts.

Performers at the MusiCares dinner include Streisand's former duet partners Donna Summer and Barry Manilow as well as Streisand disciples Kristin Chenoweth and Lea Michele. Michele will perform with fellow Glee cast members Darren Criss and Matthew Morrison. All are expected to perform their versions of Streisand classics.

Other artists on the bill include Tony Bennett (who was the Person of the Year honoree in 1995), Stevie Wonder (who was the honoree in 1999), Jeff Beck, LeAnn Rimes, Seal, BeBe Winans, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall and Nikki Yanofsky. Streisand will close the evening with a 15-minute set.

Neil Diamond, who was the Person of the Year honoree two years ago, hasn't been announced as a participant, but it's hard to imagine that he won't be there. Other former Streisand duet partners who would be conspicuous by their absence are Barry Gibb, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis (Streisand's favorite singer when she was in her teens) and Michael Crawford (who had a key role in 1969's film version of Hello, Dolly!).

A portion of the proceeds from the MusiCares dinner will benefit the Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Streisand is working on two upcoming projects. She is recording an album of songs written by her friends Alan and Marilyn Bergman, the writers of "The Way We Were" and the music from Yentl.

And she is set to star in a new movie version of Gypsy, the 1959 Broadway musical which starred Ethel Merman. It will be Streisand's first starring role in a movie since The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996 and her first movie musical since Yentl in 1983. Rosalind Russell starred in a 1962 movie version of Gypsy. Bette Midler starred in a 1993 TV version.

Barbra Trivia: Streisand and Merman once performed together, along with Judy Garland, on a famous 1963 episode of The Judy Garland Show.

Barbra Trivia II: Jule Style composed the scores to both Gypsy and Funny Girl, the 1964 Broadway show that propelled Streisand to stardom. His lyricist on Gypsy was a young Stephen Sondheim. Bob Merrill was his lyricist on Funny Girl.

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