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Bruce, Elvis Honor Strummer

Grammy to offer tribute to late Clash frontman

February 13, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Steve Van Zandt and No Doubt's Tony Kanal will perform a special tribute to Joe Strummer at the forty-fifth annual Grammy Awards. The late Clash frontman died of a heart attack on December 22nd. In addition to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, the Clash also picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Long Form Music Video for "Westway to the World."

The Bee Gees, whose keyboardist/bassist Maurice Gibb died last month after suffering intestinal blockage, will receive the Grammy Legend Award in a presentation that will feature a performance by 'N Sync.

Other recently announced performers include Eminem (who is nominated for five awards including Record of the Year and Album of the Year), Sheryl Crow (also with five nominations) and Lenny Kravitz. They join a lineup that already includes Coldplay, Norah Jones, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Nelly with Kelly Rowland and Faith Hill.

Presenters so far include Mary J. Blige, Michelle Branch and Martina McBride, with more to be announced in the next week. The Grammys will be held at New York City's Madison Square Garden on February 23rd, and will air live on CBS.

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