Grammy Nominations To Be TV Special Tonight
December 3, 2008 at 6:28 AM (PT)
THE RECORDING ACADEMY is planning to try something different when it announces its nominees for its upcoming GRAMMYS. Instead of its traditional morning roll call of nominee names at a staid press conference, top nominees will be revealed during a prime-time concert special to air live TONIGHT (12/3) on CBS.
Among the performers are MARIAH CAREY, JOHN MAYER and TAYLOR SWIFT -- a potential nominee.
"This gives us an opportunity to have more music on television and ... really bring the ultimate amount of attention to the beginning of GRAMMY season," Pres./CEO NEIL PORTNOW said in an interview. "It's a more grand way to initiate GRAMMY season for us."
SWIFT and LL COOL J are set to host the GRAMMY show, which will announce nominees in just a handful of THE GRAMMY AWARDS' 110 categories. The nominations special -- also set to include performances by FOO FIGHTERS, CELINE DION and B.B. KING -- "has great potential" to become an annual event, PORTNOW said, adding that artists will perform classic recordings recently inducted into the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME. PORTNOW also hinted that several newly nominated artists would be on hand WEDNESDAY to talk about their nominations.