There aren’t many stages Rolling Stones singer [artist id="9915"]Mick Jagger[/artist] hasn’t shimmied across over his five-decade career with the world’s greatest rock band. But at the upcoming 53rd annual Grammy Awards on February 13, Jagger will check a big one off his list when he makes his first live trip to the Grammy stage as part of a tribute to recently deceased soul legend Solomon Burke.
Jagger will be joined by Grammy-winning singer Raphael Saadiq and his band as part of the telecast’s “In Memoriam” tribute, which pays homage to members of the music community who’ve passed away since the last Grammy ceremony.
The famously loose-limbed rocker will join an already-packed roster of previously announced performers on the show that includes Eminem , Lady Gaga , Arcade Fire, Drake and Rihanna, Justin Bieber with Usher and Jaden Smith , B.o.B with Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae, Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow with the Jim Henson Company Puppets, Muse, Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum, and Miranda Lambert.
Jagger has appeared on the Grammy telecast once before, via satellite with the Stones during the 1986 show, when the band were given the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, but his homage to idol Burke will be his first time performing at the actual event. Burke, known as the “Legendary King of Rock ‘n Soul,” died in October at age 70 and was best known for such seminal soul hits as “Got to Get You Off My Mind” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”
Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow told The Associated Press that he’s ecstatic about Jagger’s appearance.
“We’re thrilled, delighted, excited and very much looking forward to Mick doing his debut on the Grammy stage,” said Portnow. “It’s extraordinary to many of us that the fact is, this will be the first time; he has never performed on the Grammy stage.”
Jagger has been in the news this week after a recent lawsuit by the Stones’ longtime promoter appeared to hint that the band was gearing up for another one of their legendarily top-grossing outings. The band released a statement on Wednesday, however, that said they have “no firm plans to tour” anytime soon. Their last tour, the A Bigger Bang outing, which lasted from 2005 to 2007, was the highest-grossing rock tour ever, earning $558 million from 144 shows.