Grammy Nominations Concert Moves From L.A. to Nashville
The Recording Academy will tip its hat to country music this year, moving its fifth annual Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! out of Los Angeles, Calif. and into Nashville, Tenn.
The televised special, which serves as a platform to announce nominations in several major categories while featuring performances from past Grammy winners and nominees, will air live on CBS Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year will mark the first time that the event has ever been held outside of L.A.
“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.”
The move represents the growing prevalence of country music in pop culture and mainstream radio. Nashville is widely regarded as the home of country music, with many of the genre’s artists living and working in the city, and is home to many of the music industry’s country music awards shows (CMT Awards, Country Music Association Awards). Dubbed "Music City," it is also home to the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
"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."
Last year’s special helped lead to an increase in ratings for the 2011 Grammy Awards, which attracted the awards ceremony’s largest viewing audience since 1984 (39.9 million viewers). It should also be noted, however, that many viewers undoubtedly tuned in to hear Jennifer Hudson’s moving tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who died just one day prior.
This year, the Grammys will be held once again at L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10. They will be broadcast by CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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