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Taylor Swift to co-host Grammy nomination special

October 29, 2012|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • Taylor Swift's new album, "Red," posted strong sales on its first day of release.
Taylor Swift's new album, "Red," posted strong sales… (Frank Micelotta for VH1…)

Taylor Swift is having quite the month.

Just as “Red,” her latest opus of lovelorn anthems, opened to massive first-week sales numbers, the country-pop phenom has been tapped to co-host the Grammy nomination special, the Recording Academy announced on Monday.

Swift will co-host the CBS special with LL Cool J. The exhaustively titled CBS special, "Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night,” will be held in Nashville.

This is the first time the telecast will be held outside of Los Angeles in its five-year history.

Country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan and pop-rockers Maroon 5 are slated to perform, with additional acts and presenters expected to be announced.

Swift, a six-time Grammy winner herself, is the last artist associated with country music to win the album of the year award with her 2008 breakout disc, "Fearless."

The concert/news conference will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. EST. The eligibility period for this year's ceremony is Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012.

Swift also recently announced a North American tour, which will hit stadiums and arenas in 2013. She is slated to perform in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Aug. 19 and 20.

Gerrick Kennedy

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