In 2009, in conjunction with the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy launched the GRAMMY.com Community Blogger program in an effort to bring music fans closer to the excitement of the GRAMMY Awards. Now in its fourth year, in conjunction with the upcoming 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the program will feature a collective of music bloggers spanning 10 GRAMMY Fields.
Beginning today, the community bloggers will provide five blog installments each, including a retrospective on the year in music in their respective fields and their reactions to the 55th GRAMMY nominees following "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" on Dec. 5, and the winners after they're announced on Feb. 10, 2013. During GRAMMY Week in February, each blogger will be given unprecedented access to official GRAMMY Week events, providing followers with exclusive accounts previously unavailable to GRAMMY fans.
From the red carpet to the GRAMMY stage, this group of genre experts will share colorful insights and unique perspectives you won't want to miss.
GRAMMY.com Community Bloggers
Representing the Dance/Electronica Field is Brent Burns of KickKickSnare.com. Aside from his live concert coverage and new music reviews, Burns has conducted interviews with artists such as V.V. Brown, Oh Land and Grace Potter, among others. He is also a regular contributor to The Set List on GRAMMY.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KickKickSnare.
Kimberly Hines represents the R&B Field. Nicknamed "Butta," Hines is active on the music scene in the Washington, D.C., area and is editor-in-chief for SoulBounce.com, an award-winning website that recognizes, respects and represents the past, present and future of soul music. You can follow her on Twitter @SoulBounce.
Covering the Rap Field is Dantrel Robinson, aka Fave. With experience in radio, marketing and media production, Robinson hosts Friday Favecast, a podcast providing the "best soul, electronica and progressive hip-hop in the world." You can follow him on Twitter @Fave.
In the Rock Field is Los Angeles-based Jamie Harvey. Harvey is the proprietor of HardRockChick.com where she documents her concert experiences. She has attended more than 500 shows since 2007. Harvey is also a frequent contributor to The Set List on GRAMMY.com. You can follow her on Twitter @HardRockChick.
Heading up the Country Field is Erin Lefebvre of ShesABigStar.com. As a country music fan, Lefebvre is "so excited" that "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" will be hosted in Nashville this year. You can follow her on Twitter @shesabigstar.
In the Jazz Field is Donna Mercer, who is the editor and lead blogger for ElementsOfJazz.com where she enjoys exploring new music in the "vibrant, sexy world of jazz." You can follow her on Twitter @ElementsOfJazz.
In the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field is Will Dawson of DawsonInk.com. Dawson loves Sunday mornings and considers himself an "iPod-ist" and music enthusiast. You can follow him on Twitter @dawsonink.
Representing the American Roots Field is Texas native Baron Lane, who writes and lectures about country and Americana music and has operated TwangNation.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter @TwangNation.
In the Classical Field is Linda Kernohan, aka Miss Music Nerd will cover the Classical Field. A composer, pianist and music educator, Kernohan collects her classical music thoughts at MissMusicNerd.com. You can follow her on Twitter @MissMusicNerd.
Covering the Pop Field is Arjan Timmermans. Timmermans is an ambassador of pop who has been writing his ArjanWrites.com music blog since 2002 tipping music fans far and wide about exciting new pop music. He's also a CNN on-air music contributor and the host of ARTIST#TALK, a live interview series that recently featured Flo Rida and Ellie Goulding. He's also a regular contributor to The Set List on GRAMMY.com. You can follow him on Twitter @ArjanWrites.
Stay tuned to GRAMMY.com where you will find each blogger's coverage of the events leading up to Music's Biggest Night, and more.
The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!," which takes place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 10–11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central) — 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.