The Grammys are just around the corner! The 52nd annual award show will take place in Los Angeles, CA and air on CBS this Sunday and as always, the event will try to out-do the previous year’s extravaganza. If you haven’t heard yet, there will be a special Michael Jackson tribute in 3-D where select stars will be singing along with a mini-film Jackson had made prior to his death.
However, in times of need, even award shows know when they need to reach out to those who need aid the most. After Haiti‘s earthquake a few weeks ago, many musicians such as Radiohead and Wyclef Jean, have done what they can to lend a hand. The Hope For Haiti #1 album from the multi-network broadcast successfully shot to #1 on the charts. Now, the Grammys are offering a performance as a tribute to Haiti with a special duet from Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli.
The R&B singer will be teaming up with opera singer, Andrea Bocelli, on Simon and Garfunkel‘s classic song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” MTV reports that Blige is happy and honored to be giving a performance that will raise more money for Haiti relief. While she was at an event for Essence Black Women in Music, she shared her feelings about the upcoming performance:
“Myself, [producer] David Foster and [record exec] Ron Fair, we were brainstorming about the Grammys, and we felt that it was important for Haiti to understand that we are their bridge right now over troubled water. And we’ll lay ourselves down for them to get over, and that’s why we did it.”
Although we don’t know how grand this tribute and benefit performance will be, she adds, “Just expect for the people of Haiti to be blessed by it — through prayers, through wallets being opened up, through people going over there.”
The tribute duet will be released as a download from a partnership between iTunes and Target (who will also be providing the 3-D glasses for the Micheal Jackson tribute at their stores). The download will be available after the broadcast on CBS and all profits will go straight to the American Red Cross.
Will you be tuning into the Grammys on January 31st?