Usher, Stefani, Maroon 5, Peas, Franz Added To Lineup Of Grammy Performers

Matthew McConaughey, Lisa Marie Presley, Charlie Sheen announced as presenters.

With positive messages like "Let's Get It Started" and "What You Waiting For?," five Grammy-nominated artists will join forces to kick-start the 47th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani (who will be joined by Eve), Maroon 5, Franz Ferdinand and Los Lonely Boys will open the show by appearing together in one performance across three stages, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday (February 8).

Usher, who never met an awards-show stage he didn't want to glide across, will also be joining previously announced Grammy performers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Kanye West, Green Day, U2 and Alicia Keys (see "J. Lo, Marc Anthony To Make First Live Performance Together At Grammys").

The star-studded list of presenters continues to grow with new additions Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Lisa Marie Presley and Charlie Sheen joining Ludacris, Hoobastank, Christina Milian, Tyra Banks and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

The show-opening acts have 13 Grammy nominations between them. Los Lonely Boys, who are up for four awards, and Maroon 5, who have two nominations, will battle it out for Best New Artist (along with Kanye West, Joss Stone and country songstress Gretchen Wilson). Franz Ferdinand nabbed three nominations, including Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal, for "Take Me Out."

The Black Eyed Peas are up for two awards: Record of the Year and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Let's Get It Started." A three-time Grammy-winner, Stefani has been nominated for two prizes, including one for her solo work (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "What You Waiting For?") and one with No Doubt (Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With
Vocal for "It's My Life").

 

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Two-time Grammy-winner Usher is up for eight awards this year, including Album of the Year and Best Contemporary R&B Album for Confessions.

As this year's Grammys approach, you can get all the latest news on the show, the scene and the nominees in our Grammy news archive. On the big night, February 8, be sure to tune in to MTV at 7 p.m. for our "All up in the Grammys" preshow. Plus check out videos of the nominees and more right here on mtv.com.