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 performers 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 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). Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive concert by one of the evening's performers. Tickets for "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" are on sale now and are available online 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 of as many as 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.