The Grammy Awards are getting cozier with country music in 2012. The Recording Academy revealed Tuesday morning that the nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards telecast will be unveiled in a prime-time special to be held for the first time Nashville. The concert/press conference will be staged in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and air live on CBS on Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. EST.
This marks the first time the cumbersomely titled CBS special "Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" will be held outside of Los Angeles in its five-year history. The Recording Academy, the industry body that hosts the Grammy Awards, launched the special in 2008 to help drum up excitement for the telecast of the February award show.
The Grammy Awards remain parked in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live from Staples Center on CBS on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. EST. Both the Grammy Awards and "Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" will be tape-delayed for West Coast audiences.
"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," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in a statement. "This is tremendous news for Nashville, and we look forward to working with the Recording Academy to ensure the show's success."