Eminem may not give a damn about the Grammys, but the Grammys apparently give a damn about him.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said Tuesday (January 23) that the controversial Album of the Year nominee has been invited to perform at this year's 43rd annual awards ceremony along with U2 and Madonna.
An Interscope spokesperson said the rapper has not yet decided if he wants to be among the night's 10 to 12 performers. The ceremony will be held February 21 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS.
Eminem won two Grammys last year, but skipped the ceremony, later rapping, "Do you think I give a damn about a Grammy?" in the hit "The Real Slim Shady." His four Grammy nominations this year prompted criticism from gay, lesbian and women's rights activists.
Academy President Michael Greene said in a statement that U2 and Madonna "are emblematic of the quality of performers who will make this year's Grammy telecast the most spectacular and important ever." In the past, artists ranging from Ricky Martin to Lauryn Hill have boosted their popularity and sales by performing on the show.
U2, whose All That You Can't Leave Behind was not released in time to be nominated for Album of the Year, will compete for three Grammys, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Beautiful Day." The Irish rockers have won seven Grammys in their two-decade career.
Madonna has won five Grammys, most of them for 1998's electronica-flavored Ray of Light. She is nominated for three trophies this year, including Record of the Year and Best Female Vocal Pop Performance for "Music," the title track from her latest album.
Rapper Dr. Dre, who produced Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP, and Destiny's Child singer Beyoncé lead this year's Grammy contenders with five nominations each.