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[10/29/12 - 06:02 AM]
Taylor Swift to Co-Host with LL Cool J at "The Grammy(R) Nominations Concert Live! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night(R)" on Dec. 5
Additionally, country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan is added to the lineup of the one-hour special, joining previously announced group Maroon 5.

[via press release from CBS]

TAYLOR SWIFT TO CO-HOST WITH LL COOL J AT "THE GRAMMY(R) NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! - COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT(R)" ON DEC. 5

LUKE BRYAN TO PERFORM ON THE ONE-HOUR BROADCAST

CBS Entertainment Special Will Announce Nominations for "The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards(R)" Live from the Bridgestone Arena

Six-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner Taylor Swift will co-host THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! - COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT(R), along with two-time GRAMMY Award winner LL COOL J. Additionally, country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan is 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 Award winners and/or nominees, will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 (10:00 - 11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT/9:00 PM - 10:00 PM, CT) 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 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 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 8:00 PM, ET/delayed 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.

About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards - the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music - The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegrammys and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.





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