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"We look forward to celebrating the year in music in such a passionate, vibrant, and flourishing city."
—-Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT HEADS TO NASHVILLE

Noms to be Announced Dec. 5 at Bridgestone Arena on CBS

This year’s Grammy nominations show on CBS will have a distinctly southern flavor.

 

The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!—Countdown To Music's Biggest Night will take place in Nashville, TN’s Bridgestone Arena and will air live Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and 9 p.m. CT.

This will mark the first time the special—which officially kicks off Grammy season by revealing nominations in several categories while featuring unique performances from past winners and/or nominees—has taken place outside of L.A., where it has been held at the Nokia Theater. For coverage, updates and breaking news, see the Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook:

 

Said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow: "We are excited for the opportunity to bring The Grammy Nominations Concert Special Live!! to Nashville this year as we recognize our nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Nashville's rich musical and cultural history is so important and vital to our industry, and indeed to the world—a fact the Academy has recognized for decades by locating one of our most thriving and active Chapters there. We look forward to celebrating the year in music in such a passionate, vibrant, and flourishing city."

Added Nashville Mayor Karl Dean: "Having The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! in Music City is a perfect fit. This announcement further validates that Nashville is a destination on the rise, and our rich musical heritage has once again put us on the national stage. This is tremendous news for Nashville, and we look forward to working with the Recording Academy to ensure the show's success." 

 

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 audience since 1984 and the second largest in history. The telecast was also the biggest social event in the history of television, 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. Additionally, the 54th Annual Grammy Awards telecast has received six Emmy nominations, including in the Outstanding Special Class Programs category.

Details regarding ticket sales, presenters, and performers for The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards take be broadcast live from Staples Center in L.A., on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, 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, with veteran Ken Ehrlich as executive producer.

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