The Grammys are celebrating the world of country music this year, and Taylor Swift and the city of Nashville will be helping with that.
“Grammy officials also announced Monday that rising country star Luke Bryan has been added to the telecast as a performer, joining Maroon 5 as the only acts announced so far,” said the Associated Press. “More performers will be revealed at a future date.”
Even though Swift is also considered a pop artist, she started in the world of country music, and her home is in Nashville. Her hosting duties at the nomination special, as well as this being the first year the show will broadcast from Nashville, have a special meaning for the Grammys.
“Swift’s addition to the roster is part of the Grammy organization’s celebration of country music this year, moving the nominations concert from Los Angeles to Nashville, home to the Grand Ole Opry and dozens of recording studios that have spawned artists such as Swift, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum,” said Reuters.
The Grammys have been televising their nominations live for the last five years, in an effort to increase viewership of the actual awards show. According to Reuters, this year’s Grammy Awards show had an audience of 39.9 million viewers. Adele was the top winner at that ceremony, where she took home six awards. Her performance on the show also helped boost her album sales thereafter.
This year, Swift may be more than just a host. She released her latest album, Red, on Monday, Oct. 22, and there is a good chance she will be up for some of the awards she is announcing. She has already won six Grammys in her career.
While the nominations are announced in December, the 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air Feb. 10, 2013, from Los Angeles.