Grammys to Air Live on West Coast for First Time

LL Cool J
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The CBS awards show will join the Oscars, the Emmys and the Golden Globes in being broadcast live coast-to-coast.

For the first time ever, this year's Grammy Awards will be aired live in the Pacific and Mountain time zones.

That means stations that choose to participate in the live broadcast will air the 58th annual award show from 5-8:30 p.m. PT and 6-9:30 p.m. MT. Last year's Grammys received 24.8 million viewers.

Most other major awards shows already are broadcast live coast-to-coast, including the Oscars, the Emmys and the Golden Globes. In part, this avoids spoilers online from social media or news outlets for viewers in the western half of the U.S.

"We've discussed this with CBS for years, but a variety of factors came together this year, and we collectively agreed that we had the perfect opportunity to try a new model and see how viewers respond," Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation president Neil Portnow said in a statement. "I'm very pleased to share that, for the first time, West Coast TV viewers will be able to watch the Grammy Awards live."

LL Cool J hosts this year's Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 15, now airing live across the country via participating CBS affiliates and owned stations at 8 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on Billboard.com

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