Will Smith, Sisqo, Badu Tapped For Grammy Awards

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards are less than 36 hours away, and presumably the last group of performers and presenters were added to the show’s line-up yesterday, as organizers confirmed that Will Smith, Jazzy Jeff, Sisqo, Erykah Badu, and Elton John would be among those hitting the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Elton John, who will receive the evening’s Grammy Legend Award from Billy Joel, apparently plans to perform twice at the Grammys — once by himself and once with the Backstreet Boys, who will be vying for five awards, including Album of the Year for “Millennium.”

Other Grammy pairings include Canadian singer-songwriter Diana Krall with Dallas R&B maven Erykah Badu, and Will Smith re-teaming with his old partner, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Dru Hill frontman Sisqo for a medley performance of “Wild Wild West.”

Bob Dylan, Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, Moby, Cher, and Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik will help hand out awards in the Grammy Awards’ 98 categories,
joining such previously named presenters as Jennifer Lopez, ‘N SYNC, Christina Aguilera, Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, and Phil Collins.

Last week, the Grammy Awards announced that Sting and Marc Anthony would perform at the show (see “Sting, Marc Anthony, ‘NSYNC Added To Grammy Awards” ), along with Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Kid Rock, Santana, TLC, Ricky Martin and Whitney Houston.

MTV News will be on hand at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 23 providing complete coverage. The action starts on-air next Wednesday at 7 p.m. with MTV News’ “Backstage At The Grammys” and continues throughout the night online, where we will be providing coverage and giving you the chance to share your thoughts on the proceedings as well.

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