SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "TheGRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®" is set to take place in Nashville, Tenn., at the Bridgestone Arena and will air live on CBSWednesday, Dec. 510 p.m. ET/PT and 9 p.m. CT. This will mark the first time the special — which officially kicks off GRAMMY season by revealing nominations in several categories while featuring unique performances from past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — has taken place outside of Los Angeles. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.
"We are excited for the opportunity to bring 'The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Special Live!!' to Nashville this year as we recognize our nominees for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Nashville's rich musical and cultural history is so important and vital to our industry, and indeed to the world — a fact The Academy has recognized for decades by locating one of our most thriving and active Chapters there. We look forward to celebrating the year in music in such a passionate, vibrant, and flourishing city."
"Having The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! in Music City is a perfect fit," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. "This announcement further validates that Nashville is a destination on the rise, and our rich musical heritage has once again put us on the national stage. This is tremendous news for Nashville, and we look forward to working with The Recording Academy to ensure the show's success."
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 telecast was also the biggest social event in the history of television, drawing 13 million social media comments with the conversation on Twitter reaching a record high at 160,341 tweets per minute during the live telecast. Additionally, the 54th GRAMMY Awards telecast has received six Emmy® nominations, including in the Outstanding Special Class Programs category.
Details regarding ticket sales, presenters, and performers for "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" will be announced in the coming weeks.
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 p.m. ET/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.
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, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.
If you are interested in covering this event, you MUST request credentials for the Media Center no later than Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Directions for credential pickup will be given upon confirmation of credential status. All satellite truck/van parking must be coordinated with Heather Lewandoski/Rogers & Cowan no later than Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. ALL MEDIA MUST BE CREDENTIALED for this event.