Grammys to be one giant medley? M.I.A., Neil Diamond added to performer lineup
A very-pregnant M.I.A., whose child is reportedly due any day now, has been added to the performing lineup at this Sunday's Grammy Awards. Up for record of the year for her "Paper Planes," M.I.A. is one of 11 additional artists announced this morning to perform on the gala.
Other late additions: A tribute to Bo Diddley featuring Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer and Keith Urban, as well as Stevie Wonder, jazz artist Terrence Blanchard, R&B singer Robin Thicke, MusiCares person of the year honoree Neil Diamond, soul vet Smokey Robinson and famed New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint.
That gives the Grammys a performing roster deeper than most music festivals, and makes one wonder if the show will be one giant medley to fit everything in. But there will be at least some awards given out. Pop-punk band Blink-182 will reunite -- to present a Grammy -- and other presenters include actress/singer Zooey Deschanel, Green Day, actress Kate Beckinsale, actor Morgan Freeman and singer Leona Lewis.
A list of other confirmed performers comes after the jump. Note that being nominted for a Grammy in 2009 is not a requirement.
Estelle and Kanye West
Paul McCartney (with special guest drummer Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters)
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus
T.I. and Justin Timberlake
A Four Tops Tribute featuring Duke Fakir (2009 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and original member of the Four Tops)
Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo
Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West
Photo credit: M.I.A., courtesy Robert Caplin / For the Times