The nominees of the years most prestigious music awards will be unveiled during tonight’s GRAMMY Nominees Concert. Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee for the first time, the GRAMMY Nominees Concert will feature a distinguished lineup of artists including Fun. and Maroon 5. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J and six-time winner Taylor Swift will co-host the one-hour concert, which will air on CBS beginning with a 10 p.m. EST start time. Here’s everything you need to know about the GRAMMY Nominations Concert, including start time, performers list, coverage and predictions.
GRAMMY Nominations Predictions
There are 81 GRAMMY categories. We’re not going to bore you with predictions for them all, nor are we capable of realistically knowing anything about the Best Small Ensemble Performance category. So, here are the big ones;
Album of the Year
Overall influence and popularity are big factors in the Grammy’s top honor. This year, two obvious picks are Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” and “The Black Keys’ “El Camino.” Fun.’s “Some Nights”, Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” and Taylor Swift’s “Red” could also be strong contenders.
Record of the Year
This award often confuses people. Album and record are not the same thing to GRAMMY voters, no matter how interchangeable they are in conversation. Record of the year goes to the artist and production team behind a single track. The award regularly goes to popular, highly infectious songs. We’re looking at the songs that stuck in our heads for months. Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe,” Fun.’s ”We Are Young”, “Gangnam Style,” and Bieber’s “Girlfriend.”
Song of the Year
GRAMMY’s are rife with confusing terminology. Record of the Year goes to a song, so what’s Song of the Year? This one goes to the actual songwriter, often leading to wins by earthy, less manufactured-sounding songs. The Black Keys’ soulful singles from “El Camino” album high on our list. Mumford & Sons is also likely to pick up a nomination for ”I Will Wait,” along with Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Bruno Mars and Jason Mraz could also make the cut with “Locked Out of Heaven” and “I Won’t Give Up,” respectively.
GRAMMY Nominations Concert Start Time and Coverage
The concert will begin at 10 p.m. EST on CBS. It will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound.
GRAMMY Nominations Concert Performers
In addition to Fun. and Maroon 5, The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Ne-Yo, and The Who will perform.
The road to Music’s Biggest Night begins with “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” and culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (via GRAMMY.com)