Carlos Santana Tapes PSA For Minority Teachers

The National Education Association has tapped legendary guitarist Carlos Santana to record a "Teachers For Tomorrow" public service announcement that encourages African-Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities to go into teaching.

Santana, the odds-on favorite to take home the most Grammy Awards during Wednesday night's ceremony, was chosen by the NEA and the California Teachers Association because of his popularity in all age groups and across all ethnic backgrounds.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 90 percent of America's instructors are white, while only 70 percent of the nation's student population is white.

The guitarist, whose spots began airing over the holiday weekend, has been involved with the NEA for years and in the past helped organize the annual Teacher's Day celebration, which falls on the first Tuesday in May.

Santana plans to take a short break from the road before launching a tour of Japan in April and Europe

and the U.K. in May and June. Santana's next U.S. tour is expected to begin in July.

Santana is also slated to perform at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 22 and has been nominated for 11 awards, more than any other artist this year. Two days after the Grammy Awards, Santana is scheduled to be the musical guest on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

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.