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Grammys 2013: Rihanna, Sting and Bruno Mars to collaborate

February 04, 2013|By August Brown
  • Rihanna will hit the stage with Sting and Bruno Mars for a special performance at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
Rihanna will hit the stage with Sting and Bruno Mars for a special performance… (Jon Furniss/Invision/Associated…)

So a Bajan dance-pop femme fatale, a neo-Motown crooner and a bass-wielding British titan of tantra walk into a bar ... or rather, onto the Grammys stage this weekend.

CBS announced  Monday that the unlikely collaboration of Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting is the latest addition to the telecast set for this Sunday. Kelly Clarkson, fresh off her well-received (and live) performance at President Obama's inaugural, will also perform her own set. 

There's no news as to what the trio will perform, but they will certainly make for an unorthodox stylistic mashup.

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The group joins a wide slate of confirmed Grammy performers including the Black Keys, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Elton John.

Also added to the telecast as a presenter? Beyoncé, who has singlehandedly dominated all pop-music conversation since her performance at Obama's inaugural. She followed that by going live with the national anthem at a Super Bowl press conference, then reuniting with Destiny's Child (perhaps passive-aggressively?) and generating enough heat with her performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday to possibly cause a power outage at the Superdome in New Orleans. Then she announced a new world tour.

CBS will broadcast the Grammys live from Staples Center on Sunday, except on the West Coast, where they will begin at 8 p.m. Pacific time.

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