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"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" Set For Dec. 5

GRAMMY nominations concert to feature performances by the Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and more and announce nominations in several GRAMMY categories

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The final GRAMMY countdown is upon us. The Recording Academy is set to announce nominations in several GRAMMY categories on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," which will take place live for the first time ever in Nashville, Tenn., at Bridgestone Arena 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.

The concert will also feature an eclectic lineup of musical performances, including the Band Perry and Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Fun. and Janelle Monáe, Hunter Hayes, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and the Who. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J and six-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift will co-host the one-hour concert special. 

As you tune in to the nominations concert, GRAMMY.com will be the destination for an official GRAMMY nominations concert liveblog, where fans will be able to follow all the GRAMMY action and interact with fellow music fans; a nominations concert photo gallery; GRAMMY Live — Backstage At The Nominations Concert, a post-nominations concert live stream featuring interviews and conversation from Nashville; and much more. Additionally, GRAMMY.com will be the first to provide the official 55th GRAMMY nominations list, which will reveal all of the nominees in all 81 GRAMMY categories.

Don't miss a minute of the excitement leading up to Music's Biggest Night. Tune in to "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" and join the conversation at GRAMMY.com.

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. 

For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

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Maroon 5 Auction To Benefit GRAMMY Foundation

Auction offers pairs of tickets to GRAMMY-winning band's Southern California dates on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The GRAMMY Foundation will auction 80 pairs of tickets to Maroon 5's upcoming performances with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane on Oct. 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., and Oct. 6 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The auction for both concerts is open now and ends Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. PST. 

Proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation, which cultivates the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the impact of music on American culture through music education programs, scholarships and grants.

FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?
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FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?

Rumors surface that the two are in a red-hot relationship; Sony/ATV Music Publishing named top publisher of fourth quarter in 2012

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)

FYI …

Sony/ATV Claims Top Publisher In Q4 2012
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which in June 2012 acquired administration of EMI Music Publishing, was the top publisher in the fourth quarter of 2012 based on its 25.8 percent share of the top 100 songs during the period, according to figures released by Nielsen BDS. No. 2 was Kobalt Music Group (16.5 percent share), followed by Universal Music Publishing Group (15.9 percent share), Warner/Chappell Music (14.2 percent share), and BMG Chrysalis (5.3 percent share).

TMI …

Swift Getting Together With Sheeran?
Taylor Swift may never be getting back together with a few people — like, ever — but that isn't stopping her from joining "The A Team." According to a report, Swift and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran were reportedly seen together at a hotel in late February. Adding more red-hot fuel to the fire, Sheeran collaborated with Swift on her latest album, Red, the name of which is also a tattoo on Sheeran's left arm. Since Swift and Sheeran supposedly dated briefly last spring, maybe they are, like, getting back together.

Taylor Swift Plots 2020 World Tour With U.S. Dates For Lover Fest East & West

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Taylor Swift Plots 2020 World Tour With U.S. Dates For Lover Fest East & West

Following dates in Europe and South America, Swift will land in the U.S. for Lover Fest East and West, where the pop star will open Los Angeles' brand new stadium

GRAMMYs/Sep 18, 2019 - 02:38 am

Taylor Swift  will be spreading the love in support of her hit album Lover.in 2020, but it may or may not be in a city near you. The GRAMMY winner announced plans for her summer 2020 tour in support of her seventh studio album, including two shows each in Foxborough, Mass. and Los Angeles for Lover Fest East and West respectively as the only four U.S. dates announced so far.

The tour kicks off in Belgium on June 20 and hits festivals in seven European countries before heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 18 then heading to U.S. Swift will then present Lover Fest West with back-to-back Los Angeles July 25 and 26 at the newly named SoFi Stadium. The concerts will serve as the grand opening of the much-anticipated NFL venue. The tour will wrap a double header at Gillette Stadiuim in Foxborough July 31 and Aug 1

"The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic," she tweeted. "I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East + West!" 

Lover was released Aug. 23 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Her sold-out tour for her previous album, 2017's Reputation, was the highest grossing U.S. tour ever, breaking her own record.

Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster on Oct. 17. 

5 Questions With ... Luke Bryan
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5 Questions With ... Luke Bryan

Rising country star sits down with The Recording Academy in Nashville

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

Country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter, Bryan discussed how becoming a father has affected his songwriting, his first headlining tour and future projects, among other topics.

"[Being a parent] makes me a little sleepier when I'm writing songs, but being a father and also a husband just adds depth to your life, which I think helps add depth to your songwriting," said Bryan. "That aspect of my life will definitely enter into a lot of my music."

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Born in Leesburg, Ga., Bryan was gifted his first guitar at age 14. He had previously tried his hand at piano, but it was the guitar and a heavy dose of radio that served as the tools for his music education. After graduating from Georgia Southern University, in 2001 Bryan relocated to Nashville where he landed a songwriting deal. In 2004 one of his songs, "Honky-Tonk History," served as the title track for GRAMMY winner Travis Tritt's My Honky Tonk History. After signing a deal with Capitol Records, Bryan released his debut album, 2007's I'll Stay Me, which reached No. 24 on the Billboard 200. Bryan's sophomore set, 2009's Doin' My Thing, cracked the Top 10, peaking at No. 6. The album spawned a pair of Top 40 singles, "Do I" and "Rain Is A Good Thing." Also in 2009, Bryan released the first of his four Spring Break EPs. His next installment, Spring Break … Here To Party, is set for release March 5. Bryan's most recent full-length album, 2011's Tailgates And Tanlines, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and surpassed platinum sales.

In December 2012 Bryan performed at "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," which was held for the first time in Nashville. Bryan is currently on tour throughout the United States with dates scheduled through October.