No Doubt To Play, Beyonce And Michelle Branch To Present At Grammys

Destiny's Child singer, Branch, Mary J. Blige, Martina McBride first crop of presenters to be announced.

With two golden gramophones under her belt, Beyoncé Knowles is about to give another fortunate artist the thrill of a lifetime when she says those weighted words, "And the Grammy goes to ..."

The Destiny's Child singer, along with Michelle Branch, Mary J. Blige and Martina McBride, are the first crop of presenters to be announced for the 45th annual Grammy Awards, according to a spokesperson for the Recording Academy.

Knowles scored her own Grammys for Best R&B Performance in 2000 and 2001, though she's not in contention for any this year. Her colleagues at the podium, however, are likely to have their fingers crossed throughout the ceremony. Blige is up for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance; while Michelle Branch is gunning for Best New Artist and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, for her contribution on Santana's "The Game of Love." Country singer McBride is in contention for the Best Female Country Vocal Performance honor. (Click here for the list of nominees and [article id="1459405"]for photos of this year's Grammy nominees and performers[/article].)

Two additional performances will further the Grammys' drive to be the most eclectic show in town. Thrice-nominated No Doubt, whose nods include one for Best Pop Vocal Album (for Rock Steady), will play, as will singer/songwriter James Taylor, accompanied by classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has racked up 14 Grammys overall.

No Doubt and their newly added cohorts join previously announced performers Avril Lavigne, Norah Jones and Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland (see "Avril, Ashanti, Vanessa Carlton, John Mayer To Play Grammys").

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