The performers for this year's Rock the Vote Awards most certainly rock ... as well as rap, play the piano and dress up in bunny costumes.
Vanessa Carlton, Robbie Williams, Public Enemy and the Flaming Lips are slated to perform at the annual party and awards ceremony, according to a Rock the Vote spokesperson. The Rock the Vote Awards in Memory of Patrick Lippert is set to take place February 22 at New York's Roseland Ballroom, furthering the tradition of staging the event the night before the Grammy Awards. Additional performers are expected to be announced.
There's been nothing official saying an all-star jam is in the works, but don't be surprised if Carlton, Williams or even members of Public Enemy hop into stuffed-animal costumes and join the Lips onstage, just as members of the Vines, Justin Timberlake and even the band's publicists have done at recent shows (see "Justin Timberlake Jams With Flaming Lips On 'Top Of The Pops' ").
Public Enemy mouthpiece Chuck D will also receive the Rock the Vote Founders Award, for his dedication to a non-profit organization that motivates young people to vote. Meanwhile, Alanis Morissette and Peter Gabriel will be given the Patrick Lippert Award, named for the late Rock the Vote president, who spearheaded the organization in 1992 (see "Chuck D, Alanis Morissette, Peter Gabriel To Be Honored By Rock The Vote").
After they perform, Carlton, Williams and the Flaming Lips should go straight to bed, as each has got a big day ahead of them. Williams is up for two video-centric Grammys, Best Long Form Music Video ("Live At the Albert") and Best Short Form Music Video ("My Culture") while the Lips are in contention for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon." Their collective nods equal Carlton's three nominations, which include Record of the Year and Song of the Year. (Click here for the list of nominees and for photos of this year's Grammy nominees and performers.)
The 10th annual Rock the Vote Awards is presented by Rock the Vote and MTV.
Last year's Rock the Vote Awards featured performances by Nelly Furtado, the Goo Goo Dolls and Glenn Lewis, while the good-intentioned Destiny's Child and the Dave Matthews Band were bestowed with Lippert Awards (see "Destiny's Child, Dave Matthews Feted At Lippert Awards").
The 45th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast Sunday, February 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Before the show, catch MTV's pre-show telecast, "Backstage at the Grammys," at 7 p.m.
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