Sunday’s 52nd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS is trying to get the television audience involved in big ways.
It begins with a special duet designed to raise money for Haitian earthquake victims. Nine-time GRAMMY winner Mary J. Blige and world-renowned pop tenor Andrea Bocelli will join forces and perform the Simon & Garfunkel classic, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
That once-in-a-lifetime duet will be made available for download at iTunes following the telecast with all proceeds benefiting the Red Cross’ ongoing earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” receiving GRAMMY Awards for Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year; the song will provide a moving tribute to survivors of the tragic events in Haiti.
But that’s not where getting interactive stops!
As part of Bon Jovi’s performance on THE 52nd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, fans will have an opportunity to decide which Bon Jovi hit the band will perform thanks to a “You Pick It, They Play It!” special segment. Viewers can log on to www.cbs.com/grammys and vote for one of three favorite Bon Jovi songs: “Always,” “It’s My Life,” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
The top vote-getter will be the hit the band will perform as part of their segment. Fans selected the three songs during the first phase of voting which ended Sunday, Jan. 24. The second and final phase of voting will continue until Bon Jovi’s performance on THE 52nd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS on Jan. 31. There is no registration to vote, and fans may vote as often as they wish. Additionally, a 30-second clip of each song may also be viewed on the Web site.
Then, there’s a special GRAMMY tribute to Michael Jackson, who passed away last summer. This special performance is being aired in 3D, so you’ll be able to experience elements that will appear as if they’re coming right through your television screen. Special 3D glasses are available for free at your local Target store. Quantities are limited, so you might want to call the store nearest you to make sure they still have the glasses available.
Current GRAMMY nominee Mary J. Blige is up for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “IfULeave” (with Musiq Soulchild).
As previously announced, all five Album of the Year nominees are set to perform on “Music’s Biggest Night®”: Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, the Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift. Other performers and nominees include Bon Jovi, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, Maxwell, P!nk and the Zac Brown Band. Presenters include actress Kristen Bell, pop/R&B singer Justin Bieber, actor Jeff Bridges, pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus, actor Josh Duhamel, pop sensation the Jonas Brothers, nine-time GRAMMY winner Norah Jones, pop singer/songwriter Ke$ha, two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J, GRAMMY winner and three-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin, 10-time GRAMMY and three-time Latin GRAMMY winner Carlos Santana, and nine-time GRAMMY winner Ringo Starr.
THE 52nd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS air this Sunday at 8:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.