Well, they both like reggae. Beyond that, we’re not sure what Sting and Sean Paul have in common, but they’ll be performing a song together at the Grammys, the Recording Academy announced on Wednesday. They’re also both nominated this year; Grammy veteran Sting is up for two prizes (to add to the 15 Grammys he’s won over the years), while Sean Paul is up for three, including Best New Artist.
Also newly announced for the show, which airs live on Feb. 8 on CBS, are country thrush Martinac McBride (up for two prizes) and the Black Eyed Peas, whose collaboration with Justin Timberlake ”Where Is the Love?” is up for two awards, including Record of the Year. Timberlake had been previously announced as a performer, as had Christina Aguilera, the White Stripes, OutKast, George Clinton, and Earth Wind & Fire.
Also appearing on the show, as presenters, will be last year’s Grammy darlings Norah Jones (who won five trophies in 2003) and John Mayer; the ubiquitous Pharrell Williams (up for six prizes this year); and a couple of actors who, as far as we know, didn’t release any records last year: Sean Astin and ”Joan of Arcadia” star Amber Tamblyn. We can already hear the announcer’s intro for these two: ”He’s the star of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ and she talks to the Lord and appeared in ‘The Ring’?”