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BRUCE TOPS LATEST GRAMMY NEWS

Springsteen to Perform on Telecast, Dedicated Pandora Stations Created, Allmans to Get Lifetime Achievement Award
Grammy news is pouring out of the Recording Academy this morning, topped off by the announcement that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have been added to the lineup of performers. The Boss and his posse join the previously announced Jason Aldean and Kelly ClarksonGlen Campbell with Blake Shelton and The Band Perry, Coldplay and RihannaFoo FightersBruno MarsPaul McCartneyNicki MinajKaty Perry and Taylor Swift.

Just added to the list of presenters are Jack Black, Fergie, Amir "?uestlove" Thompson of the Roots and Ringo Starr, following yesterday’s additions of Dierks Bentley, DrakeMiranda Lambert, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

In other news, Pandora, the Academy and sponsor Pepsi have announced an original content video series (www.pandora.com/pepsigrammyvideo) showcasing Best New Artist nominees The Band PerryBon Iver, J. ColeNicki Minaj and Skrillex and including exclusive interviews. The wrinkle here is the creation of Pandora Grammy genre stations (http://pandora.com/genres/grammys) based on official Grammy categories: Country, Pop and Dance, Rock and Alternative, Rap, R&B, Gospel and Contemporary Christian, Latin, Jazz, World and Reggae, American Roots, Classical and Comedy.

On top of that, a Grammy “mixtape” gathering songs from nominees and newcomers in various categories can be found at www.pandora.com/pepsigrammymusic.
 
Said Pandora Chief Marketing Officer Simon Fleming-Wood, “We're excited to celebrate this year's Grammy Awards by giving Pandora listeners access to their favorite Grammy-nominated artists and helping them discover great new music through our Grammy genre stations."
 
Added Evan Greene, the Academy’s Chief Marketing Officer, "To commemorate the excitement for Music's Biggest Night with the launch of a dozen Grammy genre stations and the first-ever Best New Artist video series is exciting. We were pleased to extend this innovative program to Pandora users through our partnership with Pepsi."

Finally, on Grammy Eve (2/11), the Academy will host its Special Merit Awards Ceremony, presenting Lifetime Achievement Awards to the Allman Brothers BandGlen CampbellAntonio Carlos JobimGeorge Jones, the Memphis HornsDiana Ross and, posthumously, to Gil Scott-Heron. The point of intrigue here is that if every invited member of the Allmans shows up, it’ll be the first time Dickey Betts has been seen in public with fellow original members Gregg AllmanButch Trucks and Jaimoe since being kicked out of the band in 2000.

Trustees Awards (in recognition of outstanding contributions to the industry in areas other than performance) will be given to New Orleans writer/producer Dave Bartholomew, the late Steve Jobs and engineer Rudy Van Gelder; and the Technical Grammy to software company Celemony and Steely Dan engineer Roger Nichols. Best of all, Neil Portnow will be there. The event will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre from 3-5 p.m. 
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