Paul McCartney to perform at Grammys

2012-01-20 09:20

Los Angeles – Paul McCartney will join Coldplay and Rihanna among the artists playing at next month’s Grammys, organisers for the music industry’s annual awards show said yesterday.

The former Beatle will take the stage along with the Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 12.

Iconic US band The Beach Boys announced last month that they expect to appear at the Grammys, ahead of a 50th anniversary reunion tour, although they were not included in the line-up so far put out by Grammy organisers.

Special tributeMcCartney, 69, already has 14 Grammy awards from his long career, and is nominated at this year’s show for Best Historical Album for Band On The Run.

British megaband Coldplay and chart-topping diva Rihanna will be playing together for the first time at the 54th edition of the awards fete, which will be hosted by rapper LL Cool J.

The Grammys show traditionally features performances by iconic artists.

Last year’s show starred Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan.

The Grammys will also pay special tribute this year to late Apple founder Steve Jobs, Brazil’s Antonio Carlos Jobim – of Girl from Ipanema fame – and US singer Diana Ross.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to the Allman Brothers Band, country crooner Glen Campbell, Jobim, country star George Jones, soul stars the Memphis Horns, Ross and rap trailblazer Gil Scott-Heron, who died last year. 

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