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GRAMMY Nominations Concert Moves to Nashville

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, winner of the GRAMMYs for Best Country Song with 'Mean' and Best Country Solo Performance for 'Mean', poses in the press room at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night will take place in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena and will air live on CBS Wednesday, December 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This is the first time the special, which reveals GRAMMY nominations in several categories between performances from past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees, has taken place outside of Los Angeles.

“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,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, said. “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,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. ”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 is the fifth time nominations for the GRAMMY Awards will be announced live on primetime television. Last year’s special helped lead to 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.

Information on tickets, presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

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