Grammy.comThe 55th annual Grammy Awards ceremony airs on CBS this Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and fans of classic rock have quite a few reasons to watch the telecast.
Bruce Springsteen may very well ascend the podium during the show, since he's among this year's multiple nominees. The Boss is a contender for three trophies, including Best Rock Album, for Wrecking Ball; and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, for "We Take Care of Our Own." There's also a chance Springsteen will give a performance during the big event, since the Recording Academy honored him as its MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday.
Other classic rockers receiving nominations include Paul McCartney, whose standards collection Kisses on the Bottom is up for traditional pop vocal album; and Bonnie Raitt, whose Slipstream is in the running for Best Americana Album.
Nominees for the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance honor, meanwhile, include Anthrax for "I'm Alive," Iron Maiden for "Blood Brothers" and Megadeth for "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)."
The ceremony also will feature a variety of performances, including several interesting onstage collaborations. Among them will be a tribute to late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm featuring Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and others. In addition, Elton will perform a duet with young British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, and Sting will hit the stage with pop superstars Rihanna and Bruno Mars. Also, New Orleans legend Dr. John will team up with blues-rockers The Black Keys and the Big Easy's Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The evening's presenters include Raitt, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Prince.
If fans want to catch even more Grammy action, they can log on to Grammy.com/Live and CBS.com at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday to check out the Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony. About 70 trophies will be handed out during the event, which, like that evening's big show, will take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
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