Presenters are scheduled to include Simon Baker, Stephen Colbert, Alice Cooper, Sheryl Crow, Kaley Cuoco, Placido Domingo, Robert Downey Jr., Wyclef Jean, Juanes, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Lea Michelle, Chris O'Donnell, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Ryan Seacrest, Seal, Quentin Tarantino, Kristen Bell, Justin Bieber, Jeff Bridges, Miley Cyrus, Josh Duhamel, the Jonas Brothers, Norah Jones, Ke$ha, LL Cool J, Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr and Keith Urban.
Expect performances by Grammy nominees Jamie Foxx and T-Pain with Slash and Doug E. Fresh; nominees Drake, Eminem and Lil Wayne with Travis Barker; four-time Grammy winner Roberta Flack; five-time Grammy winner Elton John; and three-time Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland; as well as a special tribute to guitar virtuoso Les Paul featuring Jeff Beck and Imelda May. Other performers include Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, the Dave Matthews Band, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, P!nk, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band. Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood and Usher will be part of a tribute to Michael Jackson; and Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli will offer a special fund-raising segment for Haitian relief.
In the pre-telecast on Sunday afternoon, the new Broadway cast album of West Story Story (David Caddick & David Lai, producers) won the Grammy as Best Musical Show Album. The nominees in the Best Musical Show Album category also included:
Robert Sher, producer (Various, composer; Various, lyricist) (30th Anniversary Cast Recording With Ruben Studdard, Frenchie Davis & Others) [Rhino] Hair
Noah Cornman, Kurt Deutsch, Joel Moss & Steve Norman, producers (Galt MacDermot, composer; James Rado & Gerome Ragni, lyricists) (New Broadway Cast With Sasha Allen, Gavin Creel & Others) [Razor & Tie Entertainment/Ghostlight Records]
9 To 5 The Musical
Frank Filipetti, Stephen Oremus and Dolly Parton, producers; Dolly Parton, composer; Dolly Parton, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty & Others) [Dolly Records/Artist2Market Distribution]
Shrek The Musical
Peter Hylenski & Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; David Lindsay-Abaire, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster & Others) [Decca Broadway]
Nominees in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category include Tony Bennett ("A Swingin' Christmas"), Michael Bublé ("Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden"), Harry Connick, Jr. ("Your Songs"), Liza Minnelli ("Liza's at the Palace") and Willie Nelson ("American Classic").
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers; Louis J. Horvitz is director.
For a complete list of Grammy nominees, visit www.grammy.com.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is "an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers."