HOLLYWOOD — Bono, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Velvet Revolver, Tim McGraw and Brian Wilson are among those scheduled to perform Lennon-McCartney’s “Across the Universe” on the Grammy Awards to benefit tsunami relief efforts.
Perf will be available for sale at the iTunes Music Store within 24 hours of the completion of the Feb. 13 telecast. All proceeds from downloads of the track will go to tsunami relief efforts benefiting survivors and their families in Southeast Asia. CBS.com will offer an exclusive video of the segment.
“The upcoming Grammy Awards telecast offers us a unique opportunity to combine the healing power of music with tangible as well as emotional assistance,” said Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy.
Grammy telecast will also feature Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony performing together for the first time, as well as a tribute to Ray Charles featuring Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston, and a salute to Southern Rock with McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dickie Betts and Elvin Bishop.
Other performers include Green Day, Alicia Keys, McGraw and U2, along with special segments with Kanye West, John Legend, Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Among the confirmed presenters are Alison Krauss, Tyra Banks, Steven Tyler, Ellen DeGeneres, Ludacris, Mark McGrath, Christina Milian, Gary Sinise and John Travolta.