Madonna will be the opening act at this year's Grammy Awards next week, performing with the Gorillaz, the Grammy-nominated animated group.

The Gorillaz — a fictional group conceived by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett — will appear as 3-D color holograms during the performance via a technique that was unveiled at the MTV Europe Awards last year.

This year, the group is nominated for five Grammys.