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Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Maroon 5 Tabbed for Grammy Christmas Special

Album of the Year Grammy nominees will be revealed during the holiday-themed concert

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Ariana Grande performs onstage at iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party at Fontainebleau's BleauLive on June 27, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.

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After six years of announcing the nominees of Music’s Biggest Night during a primetime concert, the Grammy Awards are mixing things up for the 57th annual ceremony. Gone is Grammy Nominations Concert Live, and in its place comes A Very Grammy Christmas Special, which will air on December 5th on CBS. Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 and Tim McGraw have been recruited for the holiday special, which will conclude with an extra gift for five artists: An Album of the Year Grammy nomination.

The Grammys’ primetime nomination concerts kicked off in 2008, but after declining ratings in recent years, the Grammys will now begin announcing their nominees with a morning ceremony on December 5th, the same day their holiday concert airs. Nomination in 82 of the 83 Grammy categories will be revealed over the course of that day, but the artists up for the biggest trophy – Album of the Year – won’t be unveiled until the conclusion of the Very Grammy Christmas special.

The holiday-themed concert will feature each of the artists performing their latest hits along with seasonal favorites. Grande, Williams and Maroon 5 will also share their favorite holiday memories as well as discuss what being nominated for a Grammy means to them. The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday, February 8th, from Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

According to Variety, part of the reason the Grammy Nominations Live Concert struggled in recent years is because it was broadcast live with a 10 p.m. start time on the East Coast and a 7 p.m. start in the West, which was both too late and too early. That won’t be an issue this year: A Very Grammy Christmas will be prerecorded at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on November 18th, with a 9 p.m. broadcast on December 5th on both coasts. Tickets for the all-star performance are available now through Ticketmaster. Producers promise additional performers will be announced shortly.


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