Sly fete set for Grammys
The Grammy Awards telecast will feature a tribute to Sly and the Family Stone that coincides with Sony Legacy’s release of a Sly tribute album.
The tribute to the Bay Area funk band will feature perfs by Maroon 5, Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph and singer Devin Lima on the Feb. 8 telecast.
All of the artists appear on the Legacy disc “Different Strokes From Different Folks,” which will be released Feb. 7. (It was initially on the October schedule.)
In addition, Bruce Springsteen, who is up for five awards, and Coldplay, nominated for three, will perform on the show. They join a roster that includes duets from U2 and Mary J. Blige, Faith Hill and Keith Urban, Jamie Foxx and Kanye West and Christina Aguilera and Herbie Hancock. Mariah Carey, up for eight awards, will be backed by the Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir, and new artist nominee SugarLand will appear for a special performance.
“Lots of elements are not finalized,” Recording Academy president Neil Portnow told Daily Variety. “We haven’t determined an opening, but we have no intention of doing what was done last year.”
The 2005 show opened with five acts performing a snippet of their respective hits to create a medley and then having all five acts perform simultaneously.