(pr)—GRAMMY® winner Drake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban are the first acts announced to perform on”The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®.” Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns to host the one-hour special, which takes place at Los Angeles’Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday, Dec. 6. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience an exclusive concert by Thicke. Tickets for “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” go on sale to the general public on Thursday, Oct. 17, and will be available online at http://www.axs.com or via AXS charge-by-phone lines at 888.9.AXS.TIX (888.929.7849).
This concert special marks the sixth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced live on primetime television. Last year’s airing of the nominations special helped lead to stellar ratings for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which garnered 28.37 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also nearly doubled its social media conversation from the previous year, generating 24.8 million comments (based on research compiled by Bluefin, People Browsr and Mass Relevance).