Mick Jagger is set to perform at the upcoming Grammy Awards for the very first time. According to a CBS press release, the Rolling Stones frontman will be joined by Grammy-nominated vocalist Raphael Saadiq to honor the late soul legend Solomon Burke during the show’s regular “In Memoriam tribute” telecast.
“We’re thrilled, delighted, excited and very much looking forward to Mick doing his debut on the Grammy stage,” Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of the Recording Academy, told The Associated Press. “It’s extraordinary to many of us that the fact is, this will be the first time; he has never performed on the Grammy stage.”
How crazy is it that the Stones or a solo Jagger have never performed at the Grammys before, especially considering the 67-year-old’s rich rock ‘n’ roll legacy? In 1986, the influential English group did appear at the show “via satellite from London” to accept the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as presented by decorated British axeman Eric Clapton.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live February 13 from Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kick off time is at 8 pm ET on CBS. Watch as Florence + the Machine and Mumford & Sons face off in the Best New Artist category, while new daddy Craig Ferguson will look to grab the Best Spoken Word Album gong for his audio memoir, American On Purpose. A host of other UK acts such as Goldfrapp, La Roux, Muse and Susan Boyle will also vie for their own respective awards.
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