‘Grammy Nominations Live’ packs in performances for Nashville debut

Dierks Bentley, second from left, and from left, Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, of the musical group The Band Perry, perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

Dierks Bentley, second from left, and from left, Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, of the musical group The Band Perry, perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

NASHVILLE - It was a shining moment for the modern Music City on Wednesday as millions of TV viewers saw not only country music stars, but pop, rock and hip-hop hitmakers taking the stage in Nashville for the “Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!”

The annual music awards show has announced select nominees with a live primetime concert on CBS since 2008, but Wednesday's concert at Bridgestone Arena marked the first time the event was held outside of Los Angeles. Kicking off the program, LL Cool J greeted the TV audience "live from Music City" with co-host Taylor Swift.

"You have no idea how excited I am to have you in Nashville. This is my town," Swift told the rapper/actor, before suggesting the two head to a local honky-tonk afterwards.

Music fans expressed their own excitement just before the show, as a crowd - many of them students involved with the Grammys' "Grammy U" program - lined up around the block to get a prime spot on the show floor.

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