Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer Set to Shine at Grammys
02/07/2009 AT 06:00 PM EST
For music's biggest night, pop stars like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Katy Perry will hit the stage. Country crooners Carrie Underwood and Sugarland will also do their thing. Teen queens Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus will offer up a girl-powered duet, while guitar greats John Mayer and Keith Urban are teaming up to pay tribute to the late Bo Diddley. Even best new artist nominees the Jonas Brothers will do what they do best – make girls swoon – inside L.A.'s Staples Center.
In what promises to be one of the night's most emotional performances, Jennifer Hudson will take the Grammy stage. And she'll be warmed up. Hudson stepped back into the spotlight, following the tragic death of her mother, brother and nephew last year, to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl last weekend. Hudson also performed TK NEIL DIAMOND SONG at Friday's MusiCares Person of the Year gala.
Hudson is nominated for four Grammys, including best R&B album and best female R&B vocal performance.
Other artists up for multiple awards include Mayer and Radiohead, who each have five; rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, who earned six each; and Coldplay, who scored seven nominations. But the leader of the pack is rapper Lil Wayne with a whopping eight nominations, including album of the year.
Wayne's multi-platinum Tha Carter III will compete with Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss's Raising Sand, Ne-Yo's Year of the Gentleman and Radiohead's In Rainbows.
In the record of the year category, Adele's "Chasing Pavements," Coldplay's "Viva la Vida," Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love," Robert Plant & Alison Krauss's "Please Read the Letter" and M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" are in the running.
M.I.A. is also scheduled to perform – but may have another engagement. The rapper is pregnant with her first and is due on Sunday.
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.