Big Acts Added to Grammy Awards
Destiny's Child, 'N Sync, country veteran Dolly Parton, and newcomer Brad Paisley will perform at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards Feb. 21 in Los Angeles.
The four acts join U2 and Madonna as performers at the event, which will be broadcast live on CBS. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which stages the ceremony, also announced that R&B singer Erykah Badu, actor Ray Romano, and guitarist Carlos Santana -- the champion of last year's ceremony -- will take the stage as presenters.
All the named performers are nominated for multiple awards, but Destiny's Child leader Beyoncé Knowles leads the way with five nods. The group will take the stage as a trio to perform, but because of lineup shuffles in the past year, things could get tricky if the members are called to the stage to collect trophies.
Knowles and Kelly Rowland are both original members of the group, but Michelle Williams did not write or record "Say My Name," which is up for four awards.
Between four and six more performers are expected to be named for the three-hour show -- and though NARAS asked Eminem last week, he remains a question mark.
Last year, the 28-year-old rapper was a no-show at the ceremony, where he won two awards. His nomination for four prizes this year -- including an Album of the Year nod for The Marshall Mathers LP -- has drawn fire from gay, lesbian, and women activists, who object to his lyrics.