The annual Grammy Awards celebration is not only about the awards. It is also a showcase for some of the best talent in music. The 2006 awards to be presented Wednesday, February 8, 2006 maintain the tradition with a stellar list of performers.
- Christina Aguilera and Herbie Hancock
Since last fall's wedding to music industry executive Jordan Bratman, Christina Aguilera has become more visible after months out of the pop spotlight. She will perform "A Song For You," her Grammy nominated duet with jazz legend Herbie Hancock.
- Mariah Carey with Hezekiah Walker and Love Fellowship Choir
2005 will be remembered as one of the greatest years in the career of Mariah Carey, an impressive statement when the artist is one of Carey's stature. Just 5 years after a phenomenal fall from grace with the public, she returned this past year to sell 5 million copies of her album The Emancipation of Mimi and earn 8 Grammy Award nominations. She will be taking the stage with Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, legends in the world of gospel music.
- Kelly Clarkson
What a difference a year makes! A year ago Kelly Clarkson was still just a successful winner of American Idol. Today, she is a pop-rock icon due in large part to her Grammy nominated performance on "Since U Been Gone."
You could excuse the members of Coldplay if 2005 seems a bit bittersweet. It was to be the year they finally proved themselves as worthy inheritors of the title of World's Greatest Rock Band. Their 2005 album X&Y did well, but it was not a blockbuster. Furthermore, the group suffered the indignity of losing out on a #1 pop single debut in the U.K. to none other than Crazy Frog.
- Faith Hill and Keith Urban
Both Hill and Urban are nominated for Grammy Awards. They are one of 2 represetative performances of Country music at this year's Grammys.
- Jay-Z and Linkin Park
A year ago many prognosticators thought 2005 would be a year in which mash-ups (the digital combination of 2 recordings into a new work) would become prevalent in pop music. It didn't exactly work out that way, but the collaboration "Numb/Encore" by rapper Jay-Z and rock/rap band Linkin Park is proof the technique has clear artistic merits. Watch the performers recreate this method onstage.
- John Legend
With 8 nominations under his belt, John Legend is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Christopher Cross and Sheryl Crow by sweeping the Best New Artist award along with an armful of other major awards.
- Madonna with Gorillaz
This is the performance slated to kick off the awards broadcast and one of the most eagerly awaited performances of the night. In 2005 Gorillaz established, without a doubt, that an animated recording act can compete toe to toe with any live action performer. In any other year but the year of Mariah Carey's phenomenal comeback, Madonna would have been a top pick for comeback of the year following the relative failure of American Life.
- Paul McCartney
This is the very first time Sir Paul will perform at the Grammy celebration. He is a multiple nominee this year. Expect the performance to be one of the most memorable moments of this year's ceremony.
- New Orleans Tribute
In recognition of the tragic events brought about by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the musical heritage of New Orleans will be honored. Among those slated to perform in this segment are Allen Toussaint , Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, U2's The Edge, and Sam Moore.
- Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen is simply one of the greatest live performers of all time. There is no reason to expect his performance this year will disappoint
- Sly and the Family Stone Tribute featuring Maroon 5, Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, Ciara, Robert Randolph, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Joss Stone, John Legend and Devin Lima
There will certainly be a wealth of talent onstage. They will also have a tremendous catalog of material to work with in this tribute to one of r&b and rock's living legends. The big question is whether Sly himself will make an appearance and join in.
Usually there is a Country music recording act nominated for Best New Artist and this year is no different. Sugarland will be one of 3 of the Best New Artist nominees taking the stage.
- U2 and Mary J. Blige
U2 lead vocalist Bono and Mary J. Blige electrified audiences in their performance of "One" for a Hurricane Katrina benefit this past year. Expect similar goosebumps when they perform at the Grammys. Blige gave one of the most memorable performances of recent years when she took the Grammy stage to perform "No More Drama" at the 2002 celebration.
- Kanye West with Jamie Foxx
Last year Kanye West rose from the Grammy stage on angel wings. This year his performance may be a bit more subdued, but he is in the running for 8 awards this year. Look for vocal fireworks.