It's hard to imagine that after more than four decades as one of music's most iconic artists, Paul McCartney has yet to play live at the Grammy Awards. With 13 Grammys to his credit, Sir Paul has certainly taken the stage as a winner, but he's never dripped performance sweat on it. But that's going to change on February 8, when the 48th annual awards go off inside Los Angeles' Staples Center.
Like McCartney, original "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson will also be making her first appearance at the Grammys as a performer. Clarkson is nominated for two awards this year, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song "Since U Been Gone" and Best Pop Vocal Album for Breakaway.
The Recording Academy announced Clarkson and McCartney's additions to the ceremony's lineup Thursday (February 2). Previously announced performers include Mariah Carey, Coldplay, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, U2 with Mary J. Blige, Faith Hill with Keith Urban, Christina Aguilera with Herbie Hancock, Jamie Foxx with Kanye West and a collaboration between Madonna and Grammy-nominated animated group Gorillaz (see "Madonna's Oddest Collab Yet: Singer To Perform At Grammys With Gorillaz").
The Academy also revealed Thursday that Ciara, who's vying for three Grammys including Best New Artist, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Short Form Music Video, would be taking part in the previously announced all-star tribute to Sly and the Family Stone, alongside Legend, Maroon 5, Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (see "Jamie Foxx And Kanye Go For The 'Gold,' U2 And Mary J. Team Up At Grammys").
Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres — a past Grammy nominee and host — will introduce McCartney to the audience. Others announced to join the show's lineup as presenters are Destiny's Child, Chris Brown, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and actresses Jennifer Love Hewitt, Teri Hatcher and Jenna Elfman.
McCartney is nominated for three Grammys this year. His Album of the Year nod for Chaos and Creation in the Backyard pits him against Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi, Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby, U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and Kanye West's Late Registration (see "Kanye Still Pretty Sure About A Grammy, But There's A Catch"). The Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category has McCartney in the running for his song "Fine Line" alongside Jack Johnson, Seal, Rob Thomas, and Stevie Wonder. And McCartney is the sole male up for Best Pop Vocal Album, competing with Clarkson's Breakaway, Sheryl Crow's Wildflower, Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine and Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby). Clarkson will face off with Carey, Crow, Raitt and Stefani for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
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[This story was originally published on 2.02.06 at 8:29 AM ET.]