Guess who's getting Grammy nominations?
As the music industry descends upon Nashville today for the Country Music Assn. Awards, the Recording Academy sent a subtle reminder that its Grammy Awards are just around the corner. The first crop of artists performing at the Dec. 2 Grammy nomination prime-time special, the double explanation-pointed "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night," have been revealed.
Television regulars the Black Eyed Peas, R&B veteran Maxwell and adult country duo Sugarland will all appear on the CBS special, which will air live for the East Coast at 9 p.m. Traditionally, artists who appear at the unveiling of the Grammy nominations are guaranteed a nod or two, but the Recording Academy broke from such a predictable mold last year.
Last December marked the first time the Recording Academy took its Grammy nomination press conference to prime time. Young country superstar Taylor Swift performed on the special, and failed to receive a nomination (her sophomore effort, "Fearless" will be eligible this year, and it will receive an album of the year nod).
However, the Black Eyed Peas and Maxwell are safe bets for major nominations, perhaps even album of the year, and while Sugarland's "Love on the Inside" isn't eligible, singles from the album will most likely score a nomination or two.
The Grammy nomination special will be broadcast live from Club Nokia at downtown's L.A. Live complex. It will be hosted once again by LL Cool J. The Grammys will take place Jan. 31 at Staples Center, and will air live for the East Coast at 8 p.m. on CBS.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: The Black Eyed Peas at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times