DStv’s Channel O, dubbed the Original African channel, has secured the rights to broadcast the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast, which takes place on Sunday 13 February at 8pm ET in Los Angeles, giving it a 3:00am CAT broadcast time on Monday 14 February in Africa. This will be followed by an evening broadcast on M-Net at 8.30pm.
The GRAMMY’s are the only peer-presented awards to honour artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.
This year the spotlight is on rapper Eminem with a field-leading 10 Grammy Award nominations for his Recovery album, which includes nods in all three top categories – Album, Record and Song of the Year. Not far behind: Bruno Mars nabbed seven, while Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga each earned six nods. Jeff Beck, B.o.B, David Frost, Philip Lawrence, John Legend, Ari Levine, and the Roots received five each; and Alex Da Kid, the Black Keys, Drake, Cee Lo Green, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Dirk Sobotka, and Zac Brown each earned four nominations.
Eminem will be one of the performers on the night, along with GRAMMY Award® winning rock legend Mick Jagger who will perform live at the GRAMMY Awards for the first time. Accompanied by GRAMMY® winner Raphael Saadiq and his band, Jagger will perform as part of the telecast’s annual “In Memoriam” tribute, which pays homage to members of the music community who have passed away in the previous year.