TAYLOR SWIFT AND THE GRAMMY

TAYLOR SWIFT TO CO-HOST
“THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! —
COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT®” ON DEC. 5
LUKE BRYAN TO PERFORM ON THE ONE-HOUR TELECAST
CBS Entertainment Special — Airing at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT — Will Announce
Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live for the First Time Ever from
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2012) —Six-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift will co-host “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®,” along with two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J. Additionally, country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan has been added to the lineup for the one-hour special, joining previously announced three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5.
The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as
well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees —
will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central). Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.
Following
the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive
concert by one of the evening’s performers. (Artist to be announced
shortly.) Tickets for “The GRAMMY Nominations
Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” are on sale now and
are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 800.745.3000.
                                                            
This concert special marks the fifth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards®
will be announced live on primetime television. Last year’s airing of
the nominations special helped lead to increased ratings for the 54th
Annual GRAMMY Awards, which attracted 39.9 million viewers, the largest
GRAMMY audience since 1984 and the second largest in history. The
telecast was also
the
biggest social event in the history of television at that time, drawing
13 million social media comments with the conversation on Twitter
reaching a record high at 160,341 tweets per minute during the live
telecast.
LL
COOL J has hosted “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To
Music’s Biggest Night” since its inception, and also hosted the annual
GRAMMY Awards telecast for the first time earlier this year. Swift
co-hosted the first GRAMMY nominations special with LL COOL J in
December 2008.
The road to Music’s Biggest Night begins with “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” and culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT
“The
GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night”
is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive
producer. LL COOL J is producer.

Established
in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians,
songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is
dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for
music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the
preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most
credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for
groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy,
education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on
its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the
well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part
of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
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