GRAMMY LIVE to Give Music Fans Multiplatform GRAMMY Coverage & Behind-the-Scenes Access
55th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, CBS
The Recording Academy and CBS will launch GRAMMY Live, bringing music fans around the globe three-days of unprecedented, multiplatform access to all the VIP and backstage events leading up to and throughout the 55TH Annual GRAMMY Awards . GRAMMY Live will begin Friday, Feb. 8, at 2p.m. PT, at GRAMMY.com, CBS.com and on the GRAMMY Live mobile apps for iOS and Android TM, and continue through the live telecast on Sunday, Feb. 10 (8p.m. - 11p.m. ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The GRAMMY Live experience brings fans a complete backstage pass to Music's Biggest Night with three-days full of exclusive live-streaming video, behind-the-scenes GRAMMY cams, photos, Social feeds, official news reports, blogs and personalized updates from mobile GRAMMY hosts Tai Beauchamp, Andrew Burnette, and veteran music journalist John Norris.
On Sunday, Feb. 10, GRAMMY Live is the only place to view the Pre-Telecast Ceremony in its entirety, including live performances and the presentation of approximately 70 GRAMMY categories. GRAMMY Live will also complement the live telecast of the 55TH Annual GRAMMY Awards with a multi-screen experience offering backstage interviews, red-carpet coverage, pressroom question-and-answer sessions, historical GRAMMY moments, and a live-feed of GRAMMY winners' portrait sessions.
"Fans are more passionate than ever about being part of an engaged music conversation," said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer for The Recording Academy. "GRAMMY Live provides access to exclusive GRAMMY Week content, and allows fans to connect with each other, as well as follow their favorite artists."
"Our aim is to deliver a digital experience worthy of Music's Biggest Night and bring music fans more of what they want," said Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Entertainment, News and Sports for CBS Interactive. "Judging by the 13 million Social comments and 1 million unique viewers that tuned in to GRAMMY Live online and on mobile devices last year, fans want a second-screen experience that brings them closer to their favorite musical acts and gives them an opportunity to truly take part in GRAMMY events."
GRAMMY Live will also give fans access to exclusive GRAMMY Week events including the MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Bruce Springsteen and hosted by Jon Stewart, Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception, Pre-GRAMMY Gala and the official GRAMMY Celebration after-party. In addition, GRAMMY Live will feature exclusive interviews with various artists from the GRAMMY telecast rehearsals, backstage "thank you" cams and an exclusive performance from CBS.com's GRAMMY Live: The Gig of A Lifetime contest winners, Birmingham, Ala.-based rockers Within Reason.
GRAMMY Live content is available across GRAMMY.com (www.grammy.com/live), CBS.com (www.cbs.com/shows/grammys/Live/) and the GRAMMY Live mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and Android devices. The GRAMMY Live mobile apps will also offer interactive features including Backstage Trivia; "Guess the GRAMMYs" polls, allowing fans to cast their vote for who they think will GRAMMY voters will choose across 20 categories; live-streaming GRAMMY Radio; and more. The apps also integrate Social media coverage of the event and fans can join the conversation by following or replying to tweets from the official GRAMMY Twitter account (@TheGRAMMYs), along with Twitter accounts for many of this year's nominees. The free app, sponsored by Target and Microsoft, is available for download in the App Store. Androi*-powered device users can download the app from the Android Market.