Madonna, U2 lend voices to 43rd Grammys

Ten to 12 musical acts are expected to be included

Madonna and U2 will perform at next month’s Grammy Awards.

Announcement was made Monday by Michael Greene, prexy-CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Ten to 12 musical acts are expected to be included in the Feb. 21 kudocast, a NARAS spokesman told Daily Variety.

The 43rd annual awards telecast will be held at L.A.’s Staples Center and broadcast on CBS.

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Madonna and U2 “are emblematic of the quality of performers who will make this year’s Grammy telecast the most spectacular and important ever,” Greene said.

Madonna, who garnered three noms this year, has taken home five Grammys in the past, most for her 1998 album “Ray of Light.” Her nominations this year include record of the year for “Music.”

Seven-time winner U2 also is a contender for record of the year, in addition to song of the year.

The Grammys will be produced this year by Cossette Prods. for NARAS. Pierre Cossette will exec produce. Ken Ehrlich is writer-producer, and Walter Miller is director-producer. John Cossette will serve as supervising producer, and Tisha Fein will act as coordinating producer.

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