Rihanna, Coldplay, Paul McCartney join list of Grammy performers
Coldplay, Rihanna and Paul McCartney have been added to the list of performers for the Grammy Awards, producers for the telecast announced on Thursday. They join previously announced acts Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, the Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift for the Feb. 12 telecast.
Coldplay, which is up for three statues, and Rihanna will perform live together for the first time, probably debuting their “Mylo Xyloto” collaboration “Princess of China.” But chances are good that won't be her only appearance on the Grammy stage.
The pop diva’s hit-filled disc “Loud” is up for album of the year and best pop vocal album and she has multiple nods for "All of the Lights" (with Kanye West, Kid Cudi & Fergie), a song that’s begging for an over-the-top live showing, as well as "What's My Name?" (with Drake). The latter, however, she performed last year.
With her latest album, “Talk That Talk,” still sitting pretty in the top 10 this week (at No. 7), she doesn’t exactly need the sales boost that performing on the Grammys inevitably brings. But, “music’s biggest night” could be the perfect place to debut a performance of the albums’s other singles “You Da One”or perhaps the Jay-Z-assisted title track -- both of which have failed to race up the charts like the Euro-thumper “We Found Love.”
McCartney, nominated in the best historical album field for a reissue of “Band On The Run,” will perform as part of his honor of being the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year. As previously reported, McCartney will be feted Feb. 10, two nights before the Grammy ceremony, at a star-studded dinner at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The event is to be held to raise funds for and awareness of the Recording Academy’s MusiCares philanthropic wing, which aids musicians in need of emergency financial or medical assistance and help with substance abuse and other issues. As the Grammy date nears and artists are lined up for the gala, we can a begin a wish list for what will surely be an extended tribute to McCartney on the telecast.
The 2011 awards, hosted by LL Cool J, will be televised by CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Rihanna performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Felipe Dana / Associated Press