Wednesday August 22, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This year’s Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent.

The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena. This is the fifth time The Recording Academy has held "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live," but the first outside Los Angeles.

"There’s probably no city more renowned as a music center in America and probably the world than Nashville, Tenn.," said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy.

Portnow said he likes his staff to examine how the Grammys are presented from time to time. That’s what led the Recording Academy’s nominations out of a hotel ballroom and onto the concert stage, and taking a year in Nashville seemed like a logical next step.

"It made sense to me that we also review the location and the venues and just the whole flavor of it," he said.

The Recording Academy will reveal nominees in several categories for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 10 in Los Angeles, during the hourlong special.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean called the event "a perfect fit" in a Tuesday news release, and Portnow acknowledged Nashville’s vigorous efforts to lure such a marquee event to the city helped land the show.

Nashville has a long history with the Grammys.


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It is home to one of The Recording Academy’s oldest and most successful chapters. Grammy winners of all stripes call the city home.

And although the event has likely been forgotten by most, the Grammys were once held in Nashville. Andy Williams hosted the 1973 awards from the Tennessee Theatre. In the 21st century, city leaders are building a new convention center next to the arena and would like another shot at the big event.

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NEW YORK -- Six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards next month. But she won’t be the only gold winner in the room.

The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team -- better known as the Fab 5 -- will present at the Sept. 6 show. Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber won the women’s team gold medal this month. Douglas, Maroney and Raisman also won individual medals.

Comedian Kevin Hart will host the VMAs live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Performers include Green Day, Alicia Keys, Pink and One Direction.

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NEW YORK -- The audience boost that the London Olympics provided for NBC’s "Today" show in its ratings battle with ABC’s "Good Morning America" was short-lived.

The Nielsen Co. said that "GMA" beat "Today" in the ratings last week, the week after the Olympics concluded, by an average margin of 162,000 viewers. NBC was counting on the Olympics to provide a launching pad for its new anchor team of Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, and it organized a series of concerts and visits by Olympians last week to keep up the momentum.

The week started well. NBC’s audience of 4.54 million on Monday was bigger than any morning show last week, and "Today" beat "Good Morning America" by 338,000 viewers.

But "GMA" won the next four days even while not at full strength -- Robin Roberts returned this Monday -- and by a peak of 517,000 viewers on Wednesday, Nielsen said.

During the Olympics, "Today" dominated. It beat "GMA" each week by more than a million and a half viewers. The ratings after the Olympic flame was extinguished indicate that many of those viewers are not morning show regulars and retreated to their old habits.