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Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli to Perform Together Live in a Special Fundraising Segment for Haiti Relief on "The 52nd Annual Grammy(R) Awards," JaN. 31
The pair will perform the Simon & Garfunkel classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which will be made available for download at iTunes following the telecast.

[via press release from CBS]


Groundbreaking Performance of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Will Be Available for Download at iTunes with All Proceeds Benefiting The Red Cross' Ongoing Relief Efforts in Haiti

Nine-time GRAMMY� winner Mary J. Blige and world-renowned pop tenor Andrea Bocelli will join forces and perform together in a special fundraising segment for Haiti relief on THE 52nd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, broadcasting live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 31 (8:00-11:30 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This once-in-a-lifetime performance (audio and video) of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," 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.

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�: Beyonc�, 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. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.

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," "Livin' on a Prayer"-to decide which 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.

For more information on THE 52nd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, please visit http://www.cbs.com/specials/grammys/.

THE 52nd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS is produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy�. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Louis J. Horvitz is director.

About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards-the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music-The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit http://www.grammy.com/. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

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