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[12/05/12 - 06:08 AM]
Janelle Monae to Perform with FUN. on "The Grammy(R) Nominations Concert Live! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night(R)" on Dec. 5
Plus: Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town and The Lumineers have been added as presenters at tonight's event.

[via press release from CBS]

JANELLE MONaE TO PERFORM WITH FUN. ON "THE GRAMMY(R) NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! - COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT(R)" ON DEC. 5

Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town and The Lumineers Added to Present on CBS Entertainment Special

CBS Entertainment Special Will Announce Nominations for THE 55th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS(R) Live from the Bridgestone Arena

Singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe will perform with FUN. on THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! - COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT(R). Additionally, nine-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner Sheryl Crow, country group Little Big Town and folk/rock group the Lumineers have been added as presenters for the one-hour special. They join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, three-time GRAMMY(R) Award-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY winner Ne-Yo, Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Who, and The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley, who will perform a special tribute to Johnny Cash. Two-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner LL COOL J and six-time GRAMMY(R) Award winner Taylor Swift will co-host the one-hour concert special. The show, which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 5 (live 10:00 - 11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT/9:00 PM, CT) on the CBS Television Network.

Following the one-hour live broadcast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive concert by Maroon 5. Tickets for THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! - COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT(R) 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(R) will be announced live on primetime television. Last year's broadcast 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, 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 and broadcast on CBS at (live 8:00-11:00 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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