Nominees Feist, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and the casts of "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" and Across The Universe in a special Beatles segment are the latest performers announced for the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast, it was announced today by The Recording Academy®. Eight-time GRAMMY winner Natalie Cole, 12-time Latin GRAMMY winner Juanes, GRAMMY winner Cyndi Lauper, three-time GRAMMY winner Bette Midler and nine-time GRAMMY winner Bonnie Raitt will appear as presenters. Previously announced performers include Beyoncé; Foo Fighters (with special guest conductor John Paul Jones); Carrie Underwood; 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, the Clark Sisters, Israel And New Breed, and Trin-I-Tee 5:7 in a special gospel segment; and Rihanna with a reunited the Time in a special 50th anniversary segment.
The music industry's premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide and XM Satellite Radio, and covered online at GRAMMY.com. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.
Feist, Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley all are multiple nominees. Feist has four nominations: Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album (The Reminder), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video (both for "1234").
Nine-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys has two nods for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("No One") and Best R&B Song ("No One," along with Dirty Harry and Kerry Brothers).
Brad Paisley is up for three awards: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals ("Oh Love," with Carrie Underwood), Best Country Instrumental Performance ("Throttleneck") and Best Country Album (5th Gear).
In the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media category, both Across The Universe (Various Artists) and "Love" (the Beatles) are nominated.
The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Walter C. Miller is producer/director, Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer, and Tzvi Small is supervising producer. Musical directors for the telecast and pre-telecast are Rickey Minor and Larry Batiste, respectively.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit file://www.grammy.com/.