February 08, 2006 12:02 AM by Joe Blackmon
Kelly Clarkson will make her GRAMMY debut and R&B newcomer Ciara will perform in the previously announced tribute to Sly and the Family Stone, on THE 48TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 8 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Grammy Award nominee Destiny’s Child, R&B newcomer Chris Brown, Jenna Elfman, star of the Network series "Courting Alex," Golden Globe Award-winning actress Teri Hatcher and MusiCares Person of the Year James Taylor have been added to present.
Clarkson is currently nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. Ciara is currently nominated for Best New artist, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (featuring Missy Elliott) and Best Short Form Music Video.
Previously announced performers are Mariah Carey, John Legend, Madonna with Gorillaz, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Faith Hill and Keith Urban, Christina Aguilera and Herbie Hancock, Sugarland, Jamie Foxx with Kanye West, an all-star tribute to Sly And The Family Stone featuring Maroon 5, Will.I.Am (of Black Eyed Peas), Robert Randolph, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (of Aerosmith), Joss Stone, John Legend and Devin Lima and nominee Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir join Mariah Carey. Previously announced presenters are Lance Armstrong, Big & Rich, Michael BublÃƒ, Common, Matt Dillon, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah, Ludacris and Bonnie Raitt.
Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as 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.