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Grammy show performers pay tribute to legends lost

Pitbulls rehearses for Grammy's. (Source: CBS Newspath) Pitbulls rehearses for Grammy's. (Source: CBS Newspath)
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The excitement over tonight's 58th annual Grammy Awards is growing as music's best singers and musicians prepare to take the stage. The show will be packed with unique collaborations and stiff competition. But with the recent deaths of so many music legends, this year's Grammys also promises to stir up a lot of emotions.

Rapper and nominee Pitbull will rock the Grammy stage with a diverse mash-up of musicians.

"And man, we're up there with Joe Perry from Aerosmith. Man, it doesn't get more rock n' roll than that," said Pitbull. 

The performance is part of a Grammy tradition that partners artists from different genres and generations and features rising stars like first-time nominee Andra Day.

The soul singer will meld her voice with pop star Ellie Goulding in a duet.

Organizers say this year's show at the Staples Center is different from previous years. The show will be filled with stirring tributes to honor the long list of music legends who died recently died. 

Album of the year contender Chris Stapleton will lead an all-star tribute to blues icon B.B. King. Gary Clark, Jr. and King's close friend Bonnie Raitt will also perform.

"He was just the greatest. He's had more influence than anyone I can think of in history in the blues and rock n' roll," said Raitt. 

Lady Gaga's homage to the late David Bowie is expected to be among the night's biggest performances. 

Nile Rodgers put together the elaborate tribute.

"This is very personal. It feels like a wonderful way to say goodbye," said Rodgers.  

But the biggest spotlight may belong to Taylor Swift, who is up for 7 Grammys and rapper Kendrick Lamar, who leads with 11 nominations.

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