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"Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!," featuring Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, airs tonight on CBS

by Brandy McDonnell Published: December 6, 2013
Taylor Swift (AP file)
Taylor Swift (AP file)

Singer/songwriter Katy Perry will appear in a performance from Canada and seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will give a performance from Australia tonight on “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night.”

The concert special airs from 9 to 10 tonight on CBS.

Other performers include newcomer Lorde; members of six-time Grammy-winning group Earth, Wind & Fire; three-time Grammy winner T.I. Robin Thicke; and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Grammy winner Miguel will join four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban in a special performance.

Actor/comedian/talk show host Arsenio Hall, Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Enrique Iglesias, and singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran will be among the presenters.

Two-time Grammy winner LL COOL J returns to host the one-hour special, which takes place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. LL COOL J, who also is a producer, 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 telecast for the second time earlier this year.

The show will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past Grammy winners and/or nominees. For more information, go to

This concert special marks the sixth 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 stellar ratings for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which garnered 28.37 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also nearly doubled its social media conversation from the previous year, generating 24.8 million comments (based on research compiled by Bluefin, PeopleBrowsr and Mass Relevance).

The road to Music’s Biggest Night begins with “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!” and culminates with the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, and broadcast on CBS.

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.


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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