Santa Monica, CA (February 6, 2009)–The pre-telecast ceremony for the 51st Grammy Awards, at which the majority of the categories are awarded, will stream live on www.grammy.com from 1:00 through 3:45 p.m. PT from the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, February 8.
The stream is accessible under the Grammy Live section at the web site and will be available on demand for 30 days following the event. The ceremony is the non-televised event and it has grown into its own celebrated affair with guest presenters and live performances. Presented with full production values it is now attended by thousands, including many nominees, and occurs just hours before the live telecast, which is at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Hosting and performing at the pre-telecast will be current Grammy nominees Wayne Brady and Tia Carrere. Additional live performances include Latin Grammy-winning folk/jazz singer Lila Downs, Grammy-winning classical artist Hilary Hahn, and current Grammy nominee Heavy D. Presenting Grammy Awards in approximately 99 categories will be four-time Grammy-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams, producer/host of “Millennium of Music” radio show Robert Aubry Davis, Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Lamont Dozier, Grammy-winning children’s folk artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, comedian Alex Raymundo, and actor Blair Underwood.
The Pre-Telecast Ceremony is produced by John Cossette Productions, and the musical director for the pre-telecast is Larry Batiste.
The Recording Academy