Mick Jagger will be making his first-ever appearance on the Grammy stage, performing with Raphael Saadiq at the February 13 Staples Center ceremony in L.A. as part of a tribute to the great Philly soul singer Solomon Burke, who died last October. Burke had opened for The Rolling Stones several times during a late comeback.
Jagger previously appeared on the Grammys via London satellite in 1986, when the Stones received a lifetime-achievement award (a quarter century ago!) from Eric Clapton. Show producer Ken Ehrlich said, "We did a remote from London and it was at least three o'clock there. I think they had been celebrating a little time before we went on camera. It was quite a moment." One can assume the sixty-seven-year-old Sir Michael Philip Jagger will not be in his cups this time.
Other performers besides Jagger include Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Usher. When asked about his bucket list of essential Grammy performers, Ehrlich, thinking back on the roster of Grammy stage legends, said: "In all honesty, that's about it." I'm sure Keith Richards will have kind things to say about Mick's performance.