Rihanna to feature in joint performance with Sting and Bruno Mars at Grammys
CALIFORNIA, United States, Wednesday February 6, 2013 – Following the original announcement that Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna would perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, it was assumed that the Diamonds girl would take the spotlight solo.
Subsequent buzz on the celebrity gossip circuit speculated that the set might morph into a duet with Chris Brown in a public display of unity after the star-crossed lovers’ recent reconciliation.
Now it has emerged that neither of the above are on target.
On Monday, CBS announced that Rihanna will take the stage with Sting and Bruno Mars for a special performance at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
Kelly Clarkson will also perform on music's biggest night, which will be broadcast on CBS from 8-11:30 pm ET/PT on Sunday February 10 from Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
The stars will join previously announced Grammy performers including Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, The Black Keys, Fun., The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Jack White, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and Maroon 5.
Sixteen-time Grammy award-winner Beyonce, who blew her audience away with a stunning set at the Super Bowl XLVII half-time show on Sunday, has been added to the presenters list, which also includes Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Lopez, Pauley Perrette and Prince.
These luminaries will compliment the list of previously announced presenters including Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, Kaley Cuoco, Neil Patrick Harris, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.
LL Cool J will return to host the show which is being produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy.
Monday’s announcement puts paid to rumours that Chris Brown might perform alongside the We Found Love star at the music industry’s biggest bash.
The event organisers were said to have been concerned that a duet from the pair could cause a backlash from fans and viewers, given the celebrity couple’s turbulent history.
Brown assaulted Rihanna in his car after a pre-Grammy party in 2009. He was arrested and charged for the attack and later sentenced to six months community service and five years probation.
Despite Brown’s ongoing probation, the pair reconciled last year and have since celebrated Christmas and New Years together, as well as shared a trip to Abidjan where Brown performed at the “African Grammys”.
The Talk That Talk girl and the Don’t Judge Me guy have also duetted on two recent tracks: Birthday Cake and Nobody's Business from Rihanna's latest album Unapologetic, and are reportedly collaborating on another single.