Ray Charles nominated for seven Grammys

NEW YORK: Ray Charles, posthumously nominated for seven Grammys including album of the year for ‘Genius Loves Company’, will be honoured in a tribute at next month’s awards show.

Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston will perform in a segment honouring Charles, the Recording Academy announced on January 27. The famed singer and musician died on June 10 at his Beverly Hills home of acute liver disease. He was 73.

The 47th Annual Grammy Awards, to be presented February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, also will include a tribute to Southern rock featuring Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, some members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band and Elvin Bishop.

Queen Latifah will host the show. Kanye West, who leads all artists with 10 nominations, will appear with John Legend, Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Previously announced performers include McGraw, Green Day, Alicia Keys and U2. — AP