As the countdown to Sunday night’s 52nd annual Grammy Awards begins, the show just keeps getting bigger and bigger. On the heels of the Thursday morning’s (January 28) announcement that Drake will be joined on the stage by Eminem, Lil Wayne and Travis Barker (but not Kanye West) , likely for a performance of “Forever,” comes news that Jamie Foxx will hook up with T-Pain, Slash and Doug E. Fresh for a special performance of an as-yet-unannounced song at the show.
Other new performers announced on Thursday include Elton John and the cast of the musical “American Idiot,” who will perform with Green Day. There will also be a tribute to late guitar legend/inventor Les Paul, featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jeff Beck and Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May. Also signed up to perform on the show are R&B legend Roberta Flack, Sugarland member Jennifer Nettles and a number of new presenters, including Stephen Colbert, Alice Cooper, Sheryl Crow, Robert Downey Jr., Wyclef Jean, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Seal, Quentin Tarantino, Simon Baker, Kaley Cuoco, Placido Domingo, Juanes, “Glee” actress Lea Michele, Chris O’Donnell, Lionel Richie, Ryan Seacrest and Keith Urban.
Previously announced presenters include Kristen Bell, Justin Bieber, Jeff Bridges, Miley Cyrus, Josh Duhamel, the Jonas Brothers, Norah Jones, Ke$ha, LL Cool J, Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana and Ringo Starr.
Those stars join a list of previously announced performers: Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Lady Antebellum, Maxwell, Pink, the Zac Brown Band and a special 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson featuring Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, and Usher. Special 3-D glasses for the Jackson segment will be available at Target stores through Sunday. Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli will sing Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in a special fundraising segment for Haitian earthquake relief.
The official, circus-themed Grammy Celebration afterparty will feature performances from Ne-Yo, Sam and Dave member Sam Moore, and mixtape DJ Mick Boogie.
Stick with MTV News all week for our coverage of the 2010 Grammy Awards. We’ll have reports on your favorite nominees, party photos, behind-the-scenes video and much more leading up to and during the big show Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.