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Springsteen, McCartney Vie for Trophies, Elton John to Perform at Tonight's Grammys

Grammy.comThe 55th annual Grammy Awards ceremony airs on CBS this Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and fans of veteran pop and rock artists have quite a few reasons to watch the telecast.

Bruce Springsteen may very well ascend the podium during the show, since he's among this year's multiple nominees.  The Boss is a contender for three trophies, including Best Rock Album, for Wrecking Ball; and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, for "We Take Care of Our Own."  There's also a chance Springsteen will give a performance during the big event, since the Recording Academy honored him as its MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday.

Other veteran acts receiving nominations include Paul McCartney and Carole King, who both are vying for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album prize, for Kisses on the Bottom and A Holiday Carol, respectively.  In addition, Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream is in the running for Best Americana Album and Dr. John's Locked Down is up for Best Blues Album honors.

The ceremony also will feature a variety of performances, including several interesting onstage collaborations.  Among them will be a tribute to late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm featuring Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and others.  In addition, Elton will perform a duet with young British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, and Sting will hit the stage with pop superstars Rihanna and Bruno Mars.  Also, Dr. John will team up with blues-rockers The Black Keys and the Big Easy's Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The evening's presenters include Raitt and Prince.

If fans want to catch even more Grammy action, they can log on to Grammy.com/Live and CBS.com at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday to check out the Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony.  About 70 trophies will be handed out during the event, which, like that evening's big show, will take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

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