Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bigger Than The GRAMMYs? |

Bigger Than The GRAMMYs? | "(For a complete list of 53rd GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)

To paraphrase John Lennon, is the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony bigger than the GRAMMY Telecast? Okay, nothing tops the excitement and sheer event status of Music's Biggest Night, but when it comes to award presentations, the Pre-Telecast leads by about 90.

Last year, awards in 99 GRAMMY categories were presented during the Pre-Telecast, which, in its second year of being streamed live online, attracted 328,000 viewers to the ceremony.

Those who tuned in saw Neil Young accept his first-ever GRAMMY in person, for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package, as well as Taylor Swift, who won her first two GRAMMYs ever. In the past, the likes of Norah Jones and Carrie Underwood received their first GRAMMYs on the Pre-Telecast, too.

The Recording Academy's Vice President of Awards Bill Freimuth helps oversee the Pre-Telecast, which gets underway on GRAMMY Sunday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET, and lasts approximately three hours, 'depending on how many winners are there, and how long they speak.'"

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