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August 22, 2014, 9:34 pm

LL Cool J to host Grammy noms concert

Two-time Grammy Award winner LL Cool J returns as host of “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! - Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night,” broadcasting from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. at 10 p.m., Dec. 5 on CBS.

Country superstar, Taylor Swift, a six-time Grammy winner, will co-host.

Since its inception in 2008, LL Cool J, co-star of the CBS drama, "NCIS: Los Angeles," has hosted the one-hour live broadcast which announces Grammy nominations in several categories as well as featuring performances by Grammy Award winners and/or nominees.

Performing live at the highly anticipated broadcast will be three-time Grammy winner Ne-Yo, musical group FUN, and Luke Bryan, as well as Maroon 5, which will also present an exclusive one-hour concert immediately following the show.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring ‘The GRAMMY Nominations Concert 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.”

According to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, commonly known as The Recording Academy, this concert 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 rating for the 54th Grammy Awards, which attracted 39.9 million viewers, the largest Grammy audience since 1984 and the second largest in history.

In addition, the 54th Grammy Awards telecast has received six Emmy nominations, including in the Outstanding Special Class Programs category.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 8 p.m., Feb. 10 on CBS.  


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