Barbra Streisand is going to be busy this weekend. On Friday, the recording academy foundation is feting her as the MusicCares person of the year for her “creative accomplishments and philanthropy.” That tribute at the Los Angeles Convention Center will include performances by her one-time collaborators Tony Bennett, Diana Krall and Barry Manilow as well as Jeff Beck, LeAnn Rimes, Seal, BeBe Winans, Stevie Wonder and the cast of “Glee.”
Streisand already had said she would cap off that evening with a performance of her own. Turns out that will be just a warm-up for her appearance on Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast. The academy announced that she will be introduced by Kris Kristofferson, her co-star from the 1976 remake of “A Star is Born.”
What she will sing on the show remains a mystery. Streisand did share in the Song of the Year Grammy for “Evergreen,” the love theme from “A Star is Born,” which she wrote with Paul Williams. The pair also won the Best Song Oscar, with Streisand making history as the first female composer to claim this prize.
Streisand has only performed once before on the Grammys. That was back in 1980 when she and Neil Diamond electrified the audience with their only live performance of the Record of the Year nominated “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” They lost that race to “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers.
The eight-time Grammy champ is a nominee this year for Best Traditional Pop Album for her No. 1 disc “Love is the Answer,” a jazz-themed recording produced by Krall. The last time she won was back in 1987 when she took home her fifth Best Female Pop Vocal award for “A Broadway Album.” In her acceptance speech, Streisand revealed a fascinating fact about her Grammy history that foretold this year’s appearance.