A week after participating in the record-setting “Hope for Haiti Now” benefit for earthquake relief in Haiti, [artist id=”854″]Mary J. Blige[/artist] will contribute to the cause again on Sunday night at the Grammys, where she’ll hook up with opera star Andrea Bocelli to sing a duet of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
The special fundraising segment of Sunday night’s program will be released as an iTunes/Target.com download following the telecast, and all proceeds from its sale will go to the American Red Cross for earthquake recovery efforts in the devastated Caribbean island nation. Blige provided one of the emotional highlights of Friday night’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon with a spirited cover of the traditional folk song “Hard Times Come Again No More.” To date, the event has raised more than $61 million for earthquake relief.
The Grammy performance will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beloved ballad by the folk duo, which won Grammys for Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year in 1970. The 52nd annual Grammys will also feature performances from Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, Maxwell, Pink and the Zac Brown Band. There will also be a special 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson featuring Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood and Usher.
Among the presenters on the show are Justin Bieber , the Jonas Brothers, Kristen Bell, Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus, Jeff Bridges, Josh Duhamel, Norah Jones, LL Cool J, Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana and Ringo Starr.