Showing a punkish verve that echoed back to 1978, The Police opened the Grammy Awards tonight with a reunion that advertised an upcoming tour.
‘‘Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Police and we’re back!’’ Sting shouted at the beginning.
Wearing a punk-short haircut and displaying biceps that most 55-year-olds would kill for, Sting sang the rock trio’s first hit, ‘‘Roxanne.’’ He even managed to make the high notes during the reggae-tinged story about a prostitute.
Drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers joined him onstage, the gray-haired Copeland grinning throughout the song.
The Police are scheduled to announce a reunion tour on Monday.
They performed to an audience filled with musicians who were crawling around in diapers during their heyday. Comic Jamie Foxx noted the changing times.
‘‘There was a little confusion,’’ he said. ‘‘When they said the Police were opening up the Grammys, Snoop left.’’