By Phyllis Pollack
It was announced today by The Recording Academy, that in a historical first, the Pre-Telecast Ceremony for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be streamed live worldwide at Grammy.com/live and online at CBS.com.
In another first, the Pre-Telecast Ceremony will ensue for the first time ever at the much more intimate Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. PT.
Previously, the Pre-Telecast Ceremonies have taken place at the same venue at which the telecast section of the Grammys have been held.
Nokia Theatre is also located on the grounds of L.A. Live.
The Pre-Telecast Ceremony will be aired live, while the latter segment of the awards will be seen by the general public after it has taken place, at 8pm ET/PT.
For those that will not be able to watch it at that time, the live stream of the Pre-Telecast can be seen on Grammy.com as video on demand for 30 days following the event.
Following the Pre-Telecast ceremony, the televised portion of the music industry's “Biggest Night of the Year” will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
More information about the Pre-Telecast Ceremony of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards is as follows.
The Pre-Telecast Ceremony, attended by nominees and music industry VIPs, will be hosted by actor/singer/comedian David Alan Grier.
Grier is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album for The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess. LL Cool J will serve as host for the telecast segment of the awards.
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.
Many of the nominees for awards that will be presented during the Pre-Telecast Ceremony will be present.
Among those nominated is Janis Ian, famed for her hits that include "Society's Child" and "At Seventeen," which won a Grammy Award in 1975. Ian is nominated in the category of Best Spoken Word Album for her recording of her autobiography "Society's Child: My Autobiography."
The Pre-Cast category will also include the following artists and celebrities.
Among those up for awards during the Pre-Telecast ceremony are performers Krishna Das, eighth blackbird, Fullbright, Masekela, Tyrese and Varner who each have one nomination.
Krishna Das is nominated for Best New Age Album for Live Ananda. Eight blackbird received a nod for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for "Meanwhile."
Other Pre-Telecast nominees include Fullbright for Best Americana Album for From The Ground Up.
Masekela is up for Best World Music Album for Jabulani. Tyrese is nominated for Best R&B Album for Open Invitation, and Varner for Best R&B Song for "Refill."
Presenters Cody, Ian, Kaskade, Nicole, and Valera each have one nomination. Cody is nominated for Best Regional Roots Album for Shi Kéyah: Songs For The People.
Kaskade for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Fire & Ice, while Nicole for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Gold. Valera is hoping to win for Best Latin Jazz Album for Manuel Valera New Cuban Express' New Cuban Express.
Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.
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