Couric To Host GRAMMY Special
"All Access" will feature Katie Couric interviews with nominees such as Lil Wayne, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake
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CBS News will broadcast "Katie Couric's All Access GRAMMY Special" on the CBS Television Network on Feb. 4 from 9–10 p.m. (ET/PT). Couric will interview past and present GRAMMY nominees including Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake.
"Couric has an innate ability for getting people to reveal themselves in a uniquely intimate way," says executive producer Susan Zirinsky. "This broadcast highlights her talent and showcases a new side of these celebrated artists like Justin Timberlake."
With six GRAMMY wins already under his belt, Timberlake is nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for his performance on Madonna's hit "4 Minutes," which also features Timbaland. From performing, producing and running a label to his clothing line and charity work, Couric will gain an intimate look inside Timberlake's expanding empire.
Garnering eight GRAMMY nominations including Best Rap Album and the coveted Album Of The Year award for Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne is the most nominated artist of the year. With 6 million units sold in his 13-year career, the New Orleans native is at the top of his game. Lil Wayne will walk Couric through his journey from an impoverished childhood to being hailed as one of the best rappers of his generation.
Nominated for Best Female Pop Vocalist for "I Kissed A Girl," Perry enjoyed a successful year in 2008. She will talk to Couric about her upbringing as the daughter of former hippies turned devout pastors and her evolution into a pop music powerhouse.
She's still shooting for her first GRAMMY win, but Swift has already solidified her future as a rising star. Nominated last year for Best New Artist, the 19-year-old's latest album, Fearless, has spent six weeks at the top of the charts. Swift also co-hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" TV special with LL Cool J in December to announce this year's GRAMMY nominations. Couric hits the road with Swift and her mother to find out what's behind one of music's hottest artists.
GRAMMY nominees Adele, Duffy, Jonas Brothers, Kid Rock, John Legend, Metallica, Ne-Yo, Rascal Flatts, Jordin Sparks, Jazmine Sullivan, T-Pain, Carrie Underwood, and others will appear on the broadcast and online.
"All Access" kicks off CBS' road to the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network on Feb. 8 at 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show will also be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, on Twitter at "theGRAMMYs," on Facebook at "The Recording Academy," on YouTube at "51stGRAMMYs," and on Last.fm at "the51stgrammys." The GRAMMY Pre-Telecast will be streamed live on GRAMMY.com on Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.