Blige, Aguilera, Ludacris Join Grammy Performers

The Grammy?s are about to get a lot hotter with news that Christina Aguilera and super nominee Mary J. Blige, who is up for eight awards, have been added to the list of performers.

The 49th annual music event has also just announced that rapper Ludacris and former American Idol, Carrie Underwood will join Beyonce, Gnarls Barkley, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks in playing the event.

This year?s Grammy Awards show takes place Sunday February 11th at the Los Angeles Staples Center. Other stars that will turn up to hit the stage, though this time filling the role of presenters include The Black Eyed Peas, Ciara and Nelly Furtado.

Justin Timberlake will also perform on stage with the winner of talent competition ?My Grammy Moment.? The contest is currently running online and web surfers narrowed down the field to five contenders earlier this week.

The finalists, all women, are Africa Miranda, 30, of Montgomery, AL; Jillian Gaudious, 25, of Long Branch, NJ; Brenda Radney, 22, of Staten Island, NY; Robyn Troup, 18, of Houston, TX; and Jessica James, 18, of Warner Robins, GA.

“We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response we have received for our `My Grammy Moment’ opportunity, and the top five finalists reflect a diverse group of extremely talented singers,” Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said in a statement Wednesday.

Fans will continue to vote online at Yahoo! Music.

The top three finalists will be announced during Super Bowl weekend, then head for Los Angeles to rehearse with Timberlake.

Online and text message votes during the 49th annual Grammy Awards, which will be telecast Feb. 11 by CBS Corp.‘s CBS network from the Staples Center, will determine the contest’s winner. The winner will be announced live on the show.

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