Here's who'll play -- and win? -- at the Grammys. Nelly, Norah, Faith, and Bruce will be among the awards hopefuls performing at the ceremony

By Gary Susman
Updated January 28, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Nelly: Jeffrey R. Staab

Oddly enough, performers at the Grammy ceremony have a tendency to return to the stage a few minutes later to collect a trophy. So it’s worth noting that the first musicians to be named as performers at next month’s 45th annual Grammy show are nominees Nelly and Kelly Rowland, Norah Jones, Faith Hill, Coldplay, and Bruce Springsteen. Nelly, Jones, and Springsteen are all up for five awards apiece, including Album of the Year.

Brit rockers Coldplay, who performed live Sunday night on the streets of Hollywood during the premiere of ABC’s ”Jimmy Kimmel Live,” are up for two Grammys: Best Alternative Music Album (”A Rush of Blood to the Head”) and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal (”In My Place”). Hill is nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for ”Cry.” Nelly and Kelly will presumably perform ”Dilemma,” nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Among the nominations for Jones, whose debut album ”Come Away With Me” has been on the chart for nearly a year, is Best New Artist. Springsteen, who already has seven Grammys, could pick up as many as five more for the album ”The Rising” and its title track. Other performers will be named later for the ceremony, which takes place Feb. 23 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and airs live on CBS.