OutKast will lead all-star funk band at Grammys. They'll be joined by George Clinton and Earth, Wind & Fire; White Stripes, Justin, and Christina are also booked to play

By Gary Susman
Updated January 13, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Andre 3000
Credit: Andre 3000: Kevin Winter/Getty Images/NewsCom

Who better to lead a tribute to funk music than OutKast? Grammy show producers announced Tuesday that the hip-hop duo, who lead the pack of Grammy hopefuls with six nominations, will also lead an all-star funk medley on stage at the awards ceremony. Joining Andre 3000 and Big Boi will be funk forefathers George Clinton and his Parliament Funkadelic ensemble, ’70s funk legends Earth, Wind & Fire, and gospel-rock combo Robert Randolph & the Family Band. (Far from inactive, EW&F are actually nominated this year in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category for “Hold Me,” while pedal-steel guitar virtuoso Randolph is up for two trophies.)

OutKast are only one of several high-profile, multiply-nominated artists scheduled to perform at the Grammys. Also added to the bill on Tuesday were Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera; they join the White Stripes, whose performance was announced Monday. Other performers will be named as the Feb. 8 awards show date approaches.