Wednesday, February 9, 2011


This Sunday's (February 13) Grammy Awards promises to be one of the biggest events in the history of live music on television. The lineup of performers continues to expand, and there are still plenty of rumors about surprise guests. So even though the most hotly-anticipated performer poll remains a statistical dead head between Eminem and Lady Gaga, the newest names dropped into the mix have definitely thrown a curve ball.

In the biggest news of the past few days, the producers announced that the show will contain a huge star-studded tribute to Aretha Franklin. Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch will all pay tribute to the legendary soul singer, who has struggled with health issues over the past year (but is currently feeling good). That's a lot of talent on one stage, and it even offers Aguilera an opportunity for high-profile redemption following her mix-up while she sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl last weekend. It will also be a big performance for Welch, who will have a whole lot of big mainstream exposure on award shows over the next few weeks (she'll be performing on the Oscars as well, joining Gwyneth Paltrow as a fellow double-dipper).

In addition to the Franklin tribute, the Grammys will also host performances by Barbra Streisand and Best New Artist nominee Esperanza Spalding (who will be performing with members of the Grammy Jazz Ensemble). With those new additions in mind, is the battle between who you are more looking forward to seeing still between Gaga and Eminem, or does Aguilera have enough firepower to climb to the top? Keep voting below and let us know your arguments in the comments!
Source: MTV

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