Without a single host, this Sunday’s Grammy celebration will bring together a cross of music, movie and TV personalities as presenters, reports Billboard.
Count on Madonna, Beck, Queen Latifah and Evanescence singer Amy Lee; “CSI” star Marg Helgenberger and fellow actors Samuel L. Jackson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Jessica Parker; and actor-comics Jack Black, George Lopez and new talk favorite Ellen DeGeneres to all do their part for the live CBS event (which will have a video-delay, so censors can bleep out any potentially offensive words or gestures) at Los Angeles’s Staples Center.
The Luther Vandross tribute, which was to have been introduced by Janet Jackson, will still take place without her, and will be performed by Celine Dion, Alicia Keys and Richard Marx.
Grammy nominee Justin Timberlake, Jackson’s fellow Super Bowl culprit, is still on the performance bill as of Thursday morning, as are Sting, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill and the Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams in a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ first U.S. TV appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” says the music publication.
Another tribute — a funk one — will involve OutKast, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Earth, Wind & Fire and Parliament Funkadelic.
Others expected to perform during the three-hour marathon, according to Billboard, include 50 Cent, Foo Fighters and Chick Corea, the White Stripes, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce Knowles, Black Eyed Peas, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Alicia Keys, Martina McBride, Prince, the Eagles’s Timothy B. Schmit, Sean Paul, Billy Bob Thornton and Dwight Yoakam.
The show will air at 8 p.m.ET Sunday on CBS.