Legend, Bennett part of opening festivities

Legend, Bennett part of opening festivities

Major League Baseball announced the musical performers for the first three games of the 2010 World Series between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

Six-time Grammy Award winner John Legend performed the national anthem prior to Game 1 on Wednesday, while 15-time Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett sang God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch of the game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Legend, an American recording artist and musician, also sung the national anthem at Yankee Stadium during the 2009 World Series. Bennett, who received the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, is a San Francisco icon, as his initial fame came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950s, including his signature hit, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," which earned him two Grammy Awards.

Grammy Award-winning country music group Lady Antebellum, meanwhile, will perform the national anthem prior to Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday at AT&T Park. The trio, which saw its most recent album "Need to Know" go triple-platinum, is currently nominated for five awards at the upcoming CMA Awards and American Music Awards.

Prior to Game 3 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Saturday, Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem. The former American Idol winner from Burleson, Texas, has sold 20 million albums worldwide since she made her debut in 2002.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.