Grammy Awards ceremony set for February 12

Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:23pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 54th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 12 and nominations will be announced on November 30, organizers said on Tuesday. The dates are in line with past years' events.

As usual, the awards ceremony will take place at the Staples Center, and the nominees will be revealed during a televised one-hour concert special for a fourth year.

Both will be broadcast in the United States on CBS under a new 10-year deal that also includes a series of unspecified two-hour Grammy specials.

Next year's awards will be notably streamlined. The Recording Academy said in April that it would slash the number of categories to 78 from 109.

TV viewers will not notice anything, though, since only 10 or so high-profile winners are announced during the performance-heavy ceremony; the rest of the awards are announced beforehand during a fast-paced webcast.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; editing by Christine Kearney)

 
<p>Members of the Canadian band Arcade Fire including lead singer Win Butler, seated front, pose with their Album of the Year awards for the album "The Suburbs" at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>