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John Fullbright to perform during Sunday's Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony streaming live at

by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 5, 2013
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John Fullbright

Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright will be among the performers at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, which will take place live for the first time at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The ceremony will be streamed live internationally at and beginning at 3 p.m. Attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star-studded ceremony with be hosted by actor/singer/comedian David Alan Grier.

Along with Fullbright, the Pre-Telecast will feature performances by current nominees Krishna Das, eighth blackbird, Hugh Masekela, Tyrese and Elle Varner.

Presenting the first Grammy Awards of the day in about 70 categories will be current nominees Radmilla Cody, Janis Ian, Kaskade, Britt Nicole, and Manuel Valera as well as five-time Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Jam.

The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on as video on demand for 30 days following the event. Following the ceremony, the 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday on the CBS Television Network.

A Bearden native, Fullbright is nominated for the Best Americana Album Grammy for “From the Ground Up.”

Fellow performers Krishna Das, eighth blackbird, Masekela, Tyrese and Varner also each have one nod: Krishna Das for Best New Age Album for “Live Ananda”; eight blackbird for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for “Meanwhile”; Masekela for Best World Music Album for “Jabulani”; Tyrese for Best R&B Album for “Open Invitation”; and Varner for Best R&B Song for “Refill.”

Host Grier is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album for “The Gershwins’ Porgy And Bess.”

Presenters Cody, Ian, Kaskade, Nicole, Valera each have one nomination: Cody for Best Regional Roots Music Album for “Shi Kéyah — Songs For The People”; Ian for Best Spoken Word Album for “Society’s Child: My Autobiography”; Kaskade for Best Dance/Electronica Album for “Fire & Ice”; Nicole for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “Gold”; and Valera for Best Latin Jazz Album for Manuel Valera New Cuban Express’ “New Cuban Express.”

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, 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, go to


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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