McCartney On Grammys
Paul McCartney is set to perform on the Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, five days after the release of his album of standards, Kisses On The Bottom. That's McCartney's first major album release since Memory Almost Full in June 2007.
Two nights before the Grammys, McCartney will be the honoree at the MusiCares' Person of the Year concert. That's the primary fund-raising event of the Recording Academy's affiliated charity. This is the second year in a row that the MusiCares' honoree has agreed to perform on the Grammy telecast. Barbra Streisand sang "Evergreen (Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born')" on last year's show.
Coldplay and Rihanna will perform together on the Grammy telecast in what is billed as their first joint live performance. They'll presumably perform "Princess Of China," their collaboration from the band's Mylo Xyloto album. The album was released after the close of the current eligibility year, though two hit songs from the album are nominated this year.
LL Cool J is set to host the show. It's the first time in seven years that the show has had a host. The last host was Queen Latifah in 2005. The two stars both started out as rappers, but are both now multi-faceted entertainers. LL stars in NCIS: Los Angeles and has appeared in nearly two dozen movies. (He played Queen Latifah's love interest in the 2006 movie Last Holiday.) LL, who has won two Grammys, has been the host of the academy's December nominations special in each of the four years it has aired.
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson have also been booked. They'll presumably perform their duet, "Don't You Wanna Stay," which is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. The song topped the Hot Country Songs chart for three weeks in March 2011. Aldean's My Kinda Party, the best-selling country album of 2011, is nominated for Best Country Album.
Nicki Minaj, the front-runner to win as Best New Artist, will also perform. Her Pink Friday is vying to become the first album by a female rapper to win for Best Rap Album. (Lauryn Hill's 1998 album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill won as Best R&B Album.)