SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--"A Very GRAMMY® Christmas," a new one-hour entertainment special, will feature singer/songwriter Ariana Grande, three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw, and seven-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams. The special will include performances of holiday songs and current pop hits, as well as artists sharing their favorite holiday memories and what a GRAMMY nomination means to them. "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" will air on Friday, Dec. 5, 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. Additional performers will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
In addition to performances, the nominations in the Album Of The Year category for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced during the "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" broadcast. All other nominations (82 of 83 categories) will be revealed the morning of Dec. 5. Further details regarding the unveiling of 57th Annual GRAMMY nominations will be announced shortly.
"A Very GRAMMY Christmas" will tape on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Tickets for the general public are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 866.448.7849.
The road to Music's Biggest Night® begins with "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" and culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Last year's airing of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" helped lead to stellar ratings for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which ultimately garnered more than 30 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also was the biggest social television event at that time, with 34 million social media interactions (with statistics compiled by Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter).
"A Very GRAMMY Christmas" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.