When Kanye West walks onstage to perform at the Grammys, someone else will be walking with him.
West, who leads with the most nominations, will be joined by a bevy of soul, R&B and gospel artists, including John Legend, Mavis Staples, and the Blind Boys of Alabama, at the 47th annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Thursday (January 27).
Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston will perform in honor of Ray Charles, while Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts and Elvin Bishop will take over the stage for a tribute to Southern rock. The performers join a roster that already includes Green Day, U2 and Alicia Keys (see "Green Day, U2, Alicia Keys Lead List Of Grammy Performers").
Ludacris, Norah Jones, Mark McGrath and Gary Sinise have been added to the list of presenters, which had already included Christina Milian, Ellen DeGeneres and John Travolta.
West has been nominated for 10 Grammy awards, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Solo Performance. The rapper/producer's co-performers have also been recognized by the Recording Academy; Staples will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award this year, and the Blind Boys of Alabama are nominated along with Ben Harper for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance, for their collaboration on There Will Be a Light.
Raitt, a nine-time Grammy winner, and Preston, a two-time winner, will honor the legendary Charles, who is posthumously nominated for seven awards, including Record of the Year ("Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones), Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (Genius Loves Company).
Several of the performers in the Southern rock tribute are up for awards this year as well, with McGraw and Urban vying for two awards each, including Best Country Album. Wilson is nominated for four awards, including Best New Artist.
Of the newly announced presenters, Jones, who's won five gramophones, is up for five awards this year, including Best Pop Vocal album; and Ludacris is nominated for two awards, including Record of the Year for his collaboration with Usher on "Yeah!"
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