News: Mega Stars Billed For Pre-Grammy Awards Special
Friday, Jan 23, 2009 11:49AM
Grammy-nominated artists Lil' Wayne, Ne-Yo, John Legend and more have been selected to appear on a televised special honoring this year's nominees next month.
The airing will broadcast days before the actual ceremony.
Justin Timberlake, Jordin Sparks, T-Pain, Kid Rock, Jazmine Sullivan, Duffy, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Metallica, The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood and more will join Katie Couric for her "All Access Grammy Special," to air Feb. 4 on CBS.
Couric is renowned for interviewing hard-to-reach entertainers and public figures.
Ms. Couric's extracurricular duties have put her on a treadmill. Susan Zirinsky, the executive producer of Ms. Couric's inauguration and Grammy specials, described the following itinerary for her: on Jan. 13 in New York, Ms. Couric interviewed Lil Wayne; the next morning, she flew to Washington to interview Mr. and Mrs. Obama; the following day, she anchored the network's live coverage of the emergency plane landing on the Hudson River; and she then flew to Los Angeles to interview Mr. Timberlake. (New York Times)
The special's headliner leads this year's Grammy nominations.
Cash Money/Universal Motown superstar Lil Wayne is Grammy's man of the year, drawing a total of eight nominations - more than any other artist -- for his blockbuster multi-platinum album Tha Carter III, and for his featured performance on "Swagga Like Us" by T.I. featuring Kanye West, and Jay-Z. "The nominations itself are unbelievable, I'm going to continue doing what I've been doing, but I'm going to do it better," Lil Wayne said. (Market Watch)
The Grammy ceremony will also feature a performance by Jennifer Hudson.
She will help perform a tribute to famed singer Neil Diamond alongside other artists including Adele, Foo Fighters, Josh Groban and more. (SOHH)
The Grammy's will air Sunday, February 8.
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