Sheila E is ready to make it (purple) rain…
The 62-year-old half-Mexican American percussionist/singer, known as The Queen of Percussion, will join Usher for a special tribute performance honoring Prince at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, according to the Recording Academy as part of the final round of performers set to hit the Staples Center stage this weekend.
Prince met Sheila E. at a concert in 1978, when she was performing with her father, Pete Escovedo. The two would eventually join forces during the Purple Rain recording sessions. She provided vocals on the B-side to “Let’s Go Crazy“, “Erotic City” in 1984. Though taken under Prince’s wing, she proved to be a successful artist in her own right with songs like “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre.”
The Prince tribute is just a teaser for the Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince concert scheduled for next Tuesday night on CBS. The Grammy Salute performance already has a range of artists onboard like Beck, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Chris Martin and Juanes.
Alicia Keys will host the Grammy Awards show.
Other performances throughout the night will include Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Tyler, The Creator, the Jonas Brothers, H.E.R., Rosalía, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Wilson, Run-DMC, who will duet with Aerosmith, as well as Billie Eilish, Demi Lovato, Lizzo, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.