February 01, 2006 08:00 AM

Madonna and Gorillaz – who both caused separate sensations at last November’s MTV Europe Awards – will appear for an onstage duet at the Feb. 8 Grammys, the singer’s rep tells PEOPLE.

“They are Grammy-nominated,” Liz Rosenberg says of the virtual group comprised of four fictional animated band members: 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel. “Madonna really likes them, and they like Madonna. They are going to do something together.”

Rosenberg would not reveal the number to be performed, but said: “It’s going to be stupendous. Another Madonna showstopper.”

Gorlillaz, conceived by Blur’s Damon Albarn and drawn by Jamie Hewlett (the creator of the cult comic Tank Girl), scored four Grammy nods, including record of their year for their song “Feel Good Inc.” They’re up against Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.”

As for what prompted Madonna to share the stage with, well, cartoon characters, Rosenberg says: “She likes them. She’s promoting her album (Confessions on a Dance Floor). She’s won a lot of Grammys. It seems like a wonderful opportunity for her.”

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