The 2012 Grammy Nominees; Award Ceremony set for February 12th

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

The Recording Academy®’s GRAMMY Recordings® and Universal Republic Records have joined forces to release the 2012 GRAMMY® Nominees album on Jan. 24, 2012. The 18th edition of the best-selling series will showcase many of this year’s GRAMMY-nominated artists and songs. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will help support the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Foundation — two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy.

2012 GRAMMY® NOMINEES ALBUM GIVES MUSIC FANS A CHANCE TO ATTEND THE LIVE TELECAST IN 2013

ALBUM CONTAINS 22 TRACKS FEATURING A DIVERSE ARRAY OF ARTISTS AND MEMORABLE SONGS

ALBUM AVAILABLE DIGITALLY AND IN STORES JANUARY 24, 2012

Press release — Universal Republic Records and The Recording Academy®’s (www.grammy.com) GRAMMY Recordings® have partnered to release the 2012 GRAMMY Nominees album and give a lucky music and GRAMMY fan an opportunity to attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2013. The album, which will be available January 24, 2012, features 22 critically acclaimed smash hits from a myriad of chart-topping artists from various genres.

The 18th edition of the best-selling collection includes many of the most widely recognized GRAMMY categories representing nominees for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Country Album, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The album is made possible by a special arrangement with all of the major music distribution companies and rotates labels from year to year. A portion of the proceeds from the album benefits the MusiCares® Foundation (www.musicares.com) and the GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyfoundation.com) — two charitable organizations established by The Recording Academy.

Additionally, in conjunction with the 2012 GRAMMY Nominees album, Universal Republic Records and The Recording Academy will give a lucky music fan an opportunity to attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2013. Each 2012 GRAMMY Nominees album purchased in stores or online will include a special game piece featuring a unique entry code for the 2013 GRAMMY Ticket Game. To participate, the code must be entered at www.grammy.com/grammyticketgame for a chance to win a trip for two to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2013. The second-place winner will receive a GRAMMY Awards T-shirt and the third-place winner will receive an official GRAMMY Awards poster.

1. ADELE
“Rolling In The Deep”
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

2. BRUNO MARS
“Grenade”
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

3. KATY PERRY
“Firework”
Record Of The Year

4. MAROON 5 FEAT. CHRISTINA AGUILERA
“Moves Like Jagger”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

5. NICKI MINAJ
“Super Bass”
Best New Artist

6. RIHANNA FEAT. DRAKE
“What’s My Name?”
Album Of The Year

7. J. COLE
“Work Out”
Best New Artist

8. LADY GAGA
“Yoü And I”
Album Of The Year

9. FOSTER THE PEOPLE
“Pumped Up Kicks”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

10. SKRILLEX
“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”
Best New Artist

11. COLDPLAY
“Paradise”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

12. FOO FIGHTERS
“Walk”
Album Of The Year


13. THE BAND PERRY
“If I Die Young”
Best New Artist

14. MUMFORD & SONS
“The Cave”
Record Of The Year

15. BON IVER
“Holocene”
Record Of The Year
Best New Artist

16. LADY ANTEBELLUM
“Just A Kiss”
Best Country Album

17. TAYLOR SWIFT
“Mean”
Best Country Album

18. BLAKE SHELTON
“Honey Bee”
Best Country Album

19. ERIC CHURCH
“Drink In My Hand”
Best Country Album

20. THE BLACK KEYS
“Dearest”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

21. JASON ALDEAN WITH KELLY CLARKSON
“Don’t You Wanna Stay”
Best Country Album

22. TONY BENNETT & AMY WINEHOUSE
“Body And Soul”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

A new “Voice” in reality television premieres April 26th, it isn’t Idol or the X-Factor (Videos)

NBC promises that the new singing competition, “The Voice” will be like no other.

It isn’t American Idol or the X-Factor where too often, contestants are picked or NOT picked for a number of reasons other than their singing talent. The idea: they’re looking for a ‘true vocal talent” – judging the talents based ‘purely’ on their voices hence the ‘blind audition.’

Blake Shelton, Grammy Award winners Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine (Maroon 5) make up the coaches/judges who will help shape America’s next top singing star. Carson Daly hosts the series, which premieres April 26th.

NBC has teamed up with hit-making reality show pioneers John de Mol, Mark Burnett and Warner Horizon Television to bring Holland’s top-rated vocal talent discovery show “The Voice of Holland” to America. The grand prize winner of this new competition will receive $100,000 and a record deal with a major label!

Auditions promo: “Casting Calls”

Meet the cast:

Blake Shelton (Blake Tollison Shelton: born June 18, 1976, in Ada, Oklahoma) is an American country music artist. In 2001, he made his debut with the single “Austin”. Released as the lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, “Austin” went on to spend five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. (Wiki page)

Cee Lo Green or simply Cee Lo (Thomas DeCarlo Callaway: born May 30, 1974), is an American singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. He originally came to prominence as a member of the southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob, later launching a critically acclaimed solo career. (WIKI page) His latest hit is the song “Forget You” or “F*** You.”

Christina Aguilera (Christina María Aguilera: born December 18, 1980) is an American recording artist and actress. Aguilera first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel’s television series The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993–1994. Rolling Stone ranked her number fifty-eight on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, ranking as the youngest and only artist on the list under the age of thirty. She was ranked the 20th Artist of the 2000–09 decade by Billboard and is the second top selling single artist of the 2000s behind Madonna. Aguilera has sold nearly 50 million albums worldwide making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. (Wiki page)

Adam Levine (Adam Noah Levine: born March 18, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the frontman for the alternative, pop-rock band Maroon 5.

Carson Daly, (Carson Jones Daly: born June 22, 1973) is an American television host. He is the host of NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, a late-night talk show that began airing on January 7, 2002. (Wiki page)

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