Grammy Awards

Monday, 9 February 2009, 9:00PM on ITV2

U2, Kid Rock, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and Rihanna are the latest performers announced for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards. They join previously announced performers Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney (with special guest drummer Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters), Katy Perry, Radiohead, T.I. and Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, and Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West in a special performance of their hit single “Swagga Like Us.” Actor Simon Baker (CBS’ “The Mentalist”), actor/musician Jack Black, current three-time GRAMMY nominee Duffy, current nominee Josh Groban, three-time GRAMMY-winning jazz musician and current nominee Charlie Haden, actor Samuel L. Jackson and Academy Award®-winning actress and current GRAMMY nominee Gwyneth Paltrow will appear as presenters. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Coldplay are 2009’s most celebrated band, with seven nominations – for Record of the Year, Song of the Year (a song writer’s award) Best pop performance by a group with vocals, Best rock performance by a group with vocals, Best rock song (a songwriter’s award) and finally Best rock album. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss follow with five nominations, Adele and Radiohead have four, and Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Duffy and Kings of Leon have three each.

This year four of the five artists nominated for the record of the year are flying the flag for popular British music; Adele is nominated for her hit Chasing Pavements, Coldplay for Viva La Vida, Leona Lewis is listed for her smash hit Bleeding Love and M.I.A for her song Paper Planes. The only non-British produced record competing for this award is Please Read The Letter by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

2008 sees the GRAMMY AWARDS celebrate their milestone 50th year, which promises to be one of the most eclectic celebrations ever. Viewers can tune in exclusively to ITV2 and watch this prestigious musical event unfold from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The Grammy Awards are exclusive to ITV2.

The Recording Academy has nominated musical excellence across 110 categories within 31 fields of music. This year reflects one of the most diverse years ever, with the Album Of The Year category alone representing music from country, hip-hop, jazz and pop to rock.

Taking to the stage to perform at this year’s award ceremony will be Beyoncé, The Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, as well as nominees Feist, Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley. Eight-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole, 12-time Latin Grammy winner Juanes, Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper, three-time Grammy winner Bette Midler and nine-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt will appear as presenters.

Amy Winehouse will be flying the flag for the UK at this year’s awards with six nominations, including Best New Artist, Album Of The Year for Back To Black and Song Of The Year for Rehab. Also nominated in this category is fellow British artist, singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae.

Music legend Sir Paul McCartney is up for three awards, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance with Dance Tonight and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

Former Grammy award winning dance duo The Chemical Brothers are nominated for two awards: Best Dance Recording for Do It Again and Best Electronic/Dance Album for We Are The Night.

Kanye West is top of the leader board this year receiving a total of eight nominations, whilst the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake have each gained five.

Last year saw The Dixie Chicks take home five awards including Album, Record and Song Of The Year. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers landed four, including Best Rock Album for Stadium Arcadium and Mary J. Blige left with three awards, winning R&B Album for The Breakthrough.

To see which artists walk away with the coveted golden gramophones viewers will have to tune in to the 2008 Grammy Awards on the 11th February, exclusive to ITV2.

Monday 11 February 2008 9:00pm – 11:00pm on ITV2.

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