Leon Russell to perform with Zac Brown Band at Sunday's Grammy Awards
Tulsa Sound legend Leon Russell is planning to take the Grammys stage Sunday night, about after two weeks after undergoing surgery for a brain-fluid leak.
The Lawton-born singer/musician is set to perform with country group Zac Brown Band, which is nominated for best new artist, best country album and best country performance by a duo or group with vocals.
USA Today reports that Uncle Leon was at Grammy rehearsals with Zac Brown Band earlier this week. They were rehearsing “America the Beautiful,” Russell’s “Dixie Lullaby” and the band’s hit “Chicken Fried” (the song that earned them their best country performance nod) for a medley they will perform during the awards show.
Russell is set to play piano and provide vocals during the performance, which will mark his debut on the Grammy stage, according to USA Today.
“I’m tired, but otherwise OK; it’s a pretty quick recovery,” Russell told the publication. “I’m going to be in the background, and I don’t have to walk a red carpet.”
The Grammys will air live at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS, and it will be a joy to see Uncle Leon playing at the show.
Remember to follow my live-blog of the Grammy Awards Sunday night. And pick up your free 3-D Grammy glasses at Target before the show so you can get the full effect of the 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood, during the show.
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