The Boss will be in the house at the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are set to perform at the February 12 ceremony, event organizers revealed this morning. Springsteen, who recently announced a massive tour ahead of 17th album Wrecking Ball (due March 6), already has 20 Grammys to call his own.
And, OK, Springsteen might be taking the “from sea to shining sea” bit from Wrecking Ball advance track “We Take Care of Our Own” a bit literally. Amid news that he and the E Street Band will be invading Los Angeles’ Staples Center forthe Grammys comes word that they will also be taking the stage at New York’s historic Apollo Theater. Sirius XM has revealed that Springsteen and the E Street band will be playing at the nonprofit Harlem venue on March 9, in a concert that will air live on thesatellite radio operator’s E Street Radio channel, channel 20. There will be no better time to cover Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”
The Recording Academy also shed some light on who will be presenting this year’s awards. The Roots drummer ?uestlove, who has won three Grammys and is currently vying for one more for his band’s performance on Betty Wright’s “Surrender,” will appear. So will Black Eyed Peas singer and six-time Grammy winner Fergie, up for three trophies this time around for her performance on Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” Tenacious D and School of Rock funnyman Jack Black, who believe it or not appeared on a 2009 Grammy-nominated bluegrass album, will also hand out an award.
Springsteen and the E Street Band join a Grammy performer lineup that already features Paul McCartney, Adele, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars. The lineup also includes high-profile collaborations: Coldplay and Rihanna; Glen Campbell, Blake Shelton, and the Band Perry; and Kelly Clarkson with Jason Aldean. So unless Kanye rushes the stage — which has been known to happen — it will be up to the Boss to give a public critique of the Grammys’ controversial category cuts.