More Grammy Performers & Presenters Announced Including LL Cool J, Johnny Depp & Ellen DeGeneres

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February 7th, 2013

via press release:



Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Kenny Garrett to Pay Tribute to Dave Brubeck

Nominee Juanes to Perform

Special Performance Featuring Travis Barker, Chuck D, LL COOL J, Tom Morello and DJ Z-Trip on Music’s Biggest Night®

Ellen DeGeneres, Kat Dennings, Johnny Depp, John Mayer, Nas, Pitbull, Bonnie Raitt and Kelly Rowland Are Set to Present at the Music Industry's Premier Event

Current nominees Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have been added to join a performance by the Black Keys, in addition to three-time GRAMMY® Award winner Stanley Clarke, current nominee Chick Corea and current nominee Kenny Garrett paying tribute to Dave Brubeck, a performance by current nominee Juanes and a joint performance by Travis Barker, Chuck D, two-time GRAMMY Award winner and host LL COOL J, two-time GRAMMY Award winner Tom Morello and DJ Z-Trip, all on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® broadcast. The music industry's premier event will take place Sunday, Feb. 10 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT), at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, on the CBS Television Network.


Emmy® Award-winning talk show host and current nominee Ellen DeGeneres, actor Kat Dennings, actor Johnny Depp, seven-time GRAMMY Award winner John Mayer, current four-time nominee Nas, recording artist Pitbull, nine-time GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Bonnie Raitt and two-time GRAMMY Award winner Kelly Rowland will appear as presenters.


Eighteen-time GRAMMY Award winner Chick Corea is up for five awards: two in Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "Hot House" (along with Gary Burton) and "Alice In Wonderland," two in Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Further Explorations (with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian) and Hot House (with Gary Burton) and Best Instrumental Composition for "Mozart Goes Dancing."


Five-time GRAMMY Award winner Dr. John, GRAMMY Award winner Kenny Garrett and GRAMMY Award winner and 19-time Latin GRAMMY Award winner Juanes each have one nomination: Dr. John is nominated in Best Blues Album for Locked Down, Kenny Garrett has a nod in Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Seeds From The Underground, and Juanes is up for Best Latin Pop Album for MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition.


Previously announced performers for THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS are current nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, FUN., the Lumineers, Miguel and Wiz Khalifa, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Jack White, five-time GRAMMY® winner, GRAMMY Legend Award™ recipient and 2000 MusiCares® Person of the Year honoree Elton John and current nominee Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys and current nominees Maroon 5, current nominee Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting in a special performance, nominees Zac Brown, T Bone Burnett (as musical director), Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) and Mumford & Sons, Elton John and GRAMMY Award winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient (as a member of the Staples Singers) Mavis Staples paying a special tribute to the late Levon Helm, and Justin Timberlake.


Previously announced presenters are nominees Beyoncé, Hunter Hayes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ne-Yo, Katy Perry, actor Kaley Cuoco, 13-time GRAMMY Award winner Dave Grohl, actor and three-time Emmy® Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, five-time GRAMMY Award winner Faith Hill, singer/actor Jennifer Lopez, three-time GRAMMY Award winner Tim McGraw, actress Pauley Perrette, seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Prince, TV and radio host/producer (and newly appointed Honorary Chair of the GRAMMY Foundation Board) Ryan Seacrest and four-time GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban. Two-time GRAMMY Award winner LL COOL J returns as host of the music industry's premier event.


the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.


About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube.

  • DanaK

    Doesn’t the show present various awards before the live broadcast starts (all the ones not presented on the live broadcast) via the Internet? Or is that the Tonys? Or does the Academy just make an announcement and release all the winners of the 99% that aren’t shown on the CBS broadcast?

  • lisa

    I’ll turn the channel when Ellen Degenerate appears.

  • Ben

    @DanaK: The Grammys give out a lot of awards. Most of them are not handed on camera from 8 to 11 PM. They give out plenty before the program starts. They only televise the awards they think people watching the program are really interested in seeing. In order to find out who won the awards not given out in front of the live on-air broadcast; a person either has to go to the Grammy website, or maybe, they will make an announcement before the commericals. It depends on how the program is keeping to their schedule. If’s it’s on time, they will say the names of the winners on the air, if they are going over their schedule, they will probably say go to the Grammy website to find out who won the awards not given out on the televised show.
    Most of the time they will announce on the air who won the awards not given out during the actual televised program.

  • Ben

    @DanaK: In 2012 the Grammys gave out 78 Grammys, most of them off camera. in 2013 the Grammys will hand out 81 Grammys awards. That is too many to air during the three hour show (and have live performances from some of the acts that have been nominated as well). Most of the 81 Grammys will be given out before the show starts.

  • Ben

    Just a post Grammy show update–On Feb. 10 2013, most of the 81 Grammys were given off camera. None of the off camera, pre Grammy telecast winners were announced during the actual televised show itself. If a person wanted to know who they are, that individual would have to go to the actual Grammy website. I suppose announcing who the other Grammy winners were Would have taken far too much time from the rest of the show which ran from 8 to 11:30 PM EST.

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