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Price cut on Grammy nomination show tickets

December 2, 2008 | 12:11 pm

The Grammy Awards’ spruced-up annual announcement of nominations on Wednesday night — no longer just a press conference, but a TV special and live performance from the Nokia Theatre downtown — boasts a lineup that appears to have a little something for everyone.

Such marquee heavyweights as Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Céline Dion, the Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, John Mayer and B.B. King will perform during the hour-long unveiling of this year’s nominees. (Winners will be announced Feb. 8.)

But apparently everyone hasn’t ponied up the $100 a pop for each and every one of the tickets to the show that have been set aside for the public. So, a little more than 24 hours ahead of the big event, the Goldstar discount ticket website is now offering some marked-down ducats for $75.

Following the hour-long CBS telecast (live to the East Coast, tape-delayed for 9 p.m. broadcast here in the West), Mayer will stick around and play for about an hour himself as part of festivities surrounding the opening of the Grammy Museum, which will get proceeds from the ticket sales. It wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility that the singer-songwriter-guitarist might persuade King to pop in and join him for a song or two, given that he’ll also be in the building.

After Mayer’s set, the original members of the Time will reunite and play at the nearby Club Nokia.

-- Randy Lewis