The lineup for Feb. 10's Grammy Awards just got a little more rootsy and country, as the Recording Academy unveiled today that Jack White, the Lumineers and Carrie Underwood are among the artists performing on the telecast, which will be broadcast live except for the West Coast on CBS.
The Grammys on Thursday also teased some of the unexpected artist mash-ups the broadcast is famous for. Elton John, whose performance with Eminem in 2001 remains one of the most celebrated Grammy pairings, will this year collaborate with young British pop singer Ed Sheeran. The latter is up for song of the year with his "The A Team," a single that has sold more than 1.4 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
A star overseas, Sheeran is a fast-rising up-and-comer in America. He'll be spending 2013 on the road with Taylor Swift, and his album, given the wordless title of "+." has sold more than 378,000 copies in the U.S. Sheeran posted on Twitter that his duet with John will be "one of my songs," meaning no doubt that he will be performing his Grammy-nominated hit.
Also performing together at Staples Center will be country stars Dierks Bently and Miranda Lambert. The two are on a joint-headlining tour. Lambert's "Four the Record" is up for best country album, and with Underwood and the previously announced Swift also performing on the telecast, the Grammys will have a heavy country feel this year.