GREAT SCOTT! MOBY AND JILL SET FOR WHALE OF A TIME

Yep, the bald eagle and the soul diva will perform together - doubt there'll be a storm about it like the one which has engulfed Eminem and Elton John...

MOBY is to perform with JILL SCOTT while SHERYL CROW will duet with SHELBY LYNNE at the GRAMMY awards in LOS ANGELES STAPLES CENTRE on February 21.

Along with Macy Gray, they will join the growing list of performers at the American music world equivalent of the Oscars, which includes the controversial pairing of Elton John and Eminem, which has sparked outrage from gay rights groups.

They join a line-up which includes Madonna, U2, Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, Faith Hill, *N Sync and Dolly Parton.

Gray’s ‘I Try’ is nominated in the Record and Song of the Year categories, as well as Best Female Vocal Pop Performance. Crow is up for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals awards, for tracks from her ‘Live From Central Park’ album.

Scott is nominated in Best New Artist, Best R&B Album and Best R&B Vocal Performance.

New names added to the list of presenters include Tony Bennett, Carson Daly, Gloria Estefan, Vince Gill, Joni Mitchell and Sisqo.

Meanwhile, the Grammys Academy President Michael Greene and Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Executive Director Joan M. Garry are to take part in a debate on the subject of “Intolerance In Music” the day before the Awards.

GLAAD are among the most outspoken protesters against Eminem’s inclusion on the bill of performers at the Awards, slamming what they claim are misogynistic and homophobic lyrics.

The debate at the Mark Taper Auditorium in Los Angeles County Library in downtown LA on February 20 will also involve youth activists, members of gay/straight alliances, record producers and artists, who will discuss controversial artists whose lyrics have been called extreme, homophobic and misogynistic, according to a press release on the official Grammys website, [url=]www.grammys.com.