Taylor Swift to co-host with LL Cool J at 'The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!'by jmaloni
Luke Bryan to perform on the one-hour broadcast
CBS Special will announce nominations for The 55th Annual Grammy Awards
Six-time Grammy Award 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 was added to the lineup of the one-hour special, joining previously announced three-time Grammy Award-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., Wednesday, Dec. 5 (10 p.m.), on the CBS Television Network.
Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
Following the one-hour live broadcast, 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 1-800-745-3000.
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 broadcast 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 broadcast.
LL Cool J has hosted "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and also hosted the annual Grammy Awards broadcast for the first time earlier this year. Swift co-hosted the first Grammy nominations special with LL Cool J in December 2008.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards airs live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, on CBS (8 p.m.).