GRAMMY® PRE TELECAST CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME FROM NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE ON SUNDAY, FEB. 10, STARTING AT 1 P.M. PT

Posted on 02-05-13

GRAMMY® PRE TELECAST CEREMONY TO TAKE PLACE LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME FROM NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE ON SUNDAY, FEB. 10, STARTING AT 1 P.M. PT

Prelude to Music's Biggest Night® Will Help Kick Off The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and Will Feature Performances by Nominees Krishna Das, eighth blackbird, John Fullbright, Hugh Masekela, Tyrese, and Elle Varner

David Alan Grier to Host the Star-Studded Ceremony — Which Once Again Will Be Streamed Live Online at GRAMMY.com — and Radmilla Cody, Janis Ian, Jimmy Jam, Kaskade, Britt Nicole, and Manuel Valera Will Help Present Awards in Approximately 70 Categories

 SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2013) — The 55th Annual GRAMMYAwards® Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place live for the first time at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, from 1 – 3:30 p.m. PT, and will be streamed live internationally at GRAMMY.com/live and CBS.com beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star-studded ceremony with be hosted by actor/singer/comedian David Alan Grier. The Pre-Telecast will feature performances by current nominees Krishna Das, eighth blackbird, John Fullbright, Hugh Masekela, Tyrese, Elle Varner. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories will be current nominees Radmilla Cody, Janis Ian, Kaskade, Britt Nicole, and Manuel Valera as well as five-time GRAMMY-winning producer Jimmy Jam. The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 30 days following the event. Following the ceremony, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Facebook and Twitter.

Host Grier is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album for The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess.

Performers Krishna Das, eighth blackbird, Fullbright, Masekela, Tyrese and Varner each have one nod: Krishna Das for Best New Age Album for Live Ananda; eight blackbird for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for "Meanwhile"; Fullbright for Best Americana Album for From The Ground Up; Masekela for Best World Music Album for Jabulani; Tyrese for Best R&B Album for Open Invitation; and Varner for Best R&B Song for "Refill."

Presenters Cody, Ian, Kaskade, Nicole, Valera each have one nomination: Cody for Best Regional Roots Music Album for Shi Kéyah — Songs For The People; Ian for Best Spoken Word Album for Society's Child: My Autobiography; Kaskade for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Fire & Ice; Nicole for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Gold; and Valera for Best Latin Jazz Album for Manuel Valera New Cuban Express' New Cuban Express

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