Usher, songwriter Mike Stoller, and Valerie Simpson will pay tribute to the fallen star.
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Simpson, Ashford’s wife and songwriting partner of 36 years, talks about how hard it is to perform one of their songs.
“I get a big lump in my throat when I try to sing one of our songs right now,” she tells the Associated Press. “I figure the residue of what he leaves here will give me something to carry on with. I expect he’ll be whispering in my ear and pointing me in a direction that is right, in time.”
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The concert, airing live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, will also announce the nominations for the 54th Grammy Awards set for February 2012.
According to a press release, LL Cool J will host the night’s festivities. Performers set to take the stage include Rihanna, Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco, and others — promising a great night of entertainment.
Catch it live on CBS, November 30th at 10 p.m.