The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Airs Live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 10, 8 P.M. ET/PT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 09, 2013) — Current GRAMMY® nominees the Black KeysFUN.Mumford & SonsRihanna, andTaylor Swift are the first performers announced for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host of Music's Biggest Night®. The Black Keys and FUN. will perform on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time, while Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Swift are returning to the GRAMMY stage. The music industry's premier event will take place liveon Sunday, Feb. 10, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on theCBS Television Network  from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at and, and on YouTube. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks onTwitter and Facebook.

FUN. and Mumford & Sons are two of six artists this year who lead with six nominations each. FUN. are up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "We Are Young" (Featuring Janelle MonĂ¡e); Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Some Nights; and Best New Artist. Mumford & Sons are nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Americana Album for Babel; Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for "I Will Wait"; Best Song Written For Visual Media for "Learn Me Right" (FromBrave); and Best Long Form Music Video for Big Easy Express.

Two-time GRAMMY winners The Black Keys have five nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album for El Camino; andRecord Of The Year, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song (along with Brian Burton) for "Lonely Boy." (Additionally, group member Dan Auerbach is nominated for Producer Of The Year Non Classical.)

Five-time GRAMMY winner Rihanna and six-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift each have three nominations. Rihanna is up for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Where Have You Been," Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Featuring Jay-Z) for "Talk That Talk," and Best Short Form Music Video (Featuring Calvin Harris) for "We Found Love." Swift is nominated in Record Of The Year for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (with The Civil Wars) and Best Song Written For Visual Media (along with T Bone Burnett and the Civil Wars) for "Safe & Sound" (from The Hunger Games).

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LOS ANGELES, January 9, 2013 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club return with their sixth studio album, titled Specter At The Feast, set for release March 18 on Abstract Dragon / Vagrant Records. While this album embodies all the band's signature motifs - roaring guitars, atmospheric feedback, pounding left-of-center drumbeats - never before has this group taken such an honest and painstaking approach to their songwriting. While having to overcome personal tragedy, the loss of Michael Been, BRMC retreated to find their voice.
"No one really wanted to find those words or dig in deep. So we were faking it for a while, not really digging that deep," admits bassist Robert Been. "You have to go back again and dig a bit deeper, and it was excruciating." They hearkened back to the early days in their career, their debut self-titled album, their love for making music, then thrust themselves into their creative bubble.
The result is what Rolling Stone has deemed a "superb new album,"noting, "it captures the group not only at their fiery best ('Rival,' 'Teenage Disease'), but also at their most emotionally open on the sweet 'Lullaby' and the gorgeous 'Returning.'" The rest of Robert Been and drummer Leah Shapiro's interview with Rolling Stone can be read here." Meanwhile, NPR's Ann Powers crowned the band ones to watch in 2013, and called the album "more direct, more heartfelt and more honestly beautiful." 

BRMC returned to the stage late last month and showcased new material from their album to rabid fans in three cities in California. The band was intent on tracing their roots in the chosen cities (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles) and the three "underplay" shows sold out immediately. "They were a trifecta of rock an roll, delivering a record-perfect rendition of their version of gritty rock and/or roll," wrote OC Weekly. More touring will be announced soon.


Concert at Hard Rock Cafe New York Features Additional Performances by
Willie Nile, the Liza Colby Sound and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan
Rock and roll legend Gary U.S. Bonds and his band, The Roadhouse Rockers, headline the Light of Day Foundation’s first-ever show at the iconic Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. Additional performances include Willie Nile, the Liza Colby Sound and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan. Proceeds from the show benefit the Light of Day Foundation (,which funds research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease and other neuromuscular disorders. Proceeds from show will also go to Team Fox, the grassroots community fundraising program at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
The New York show kicks off an extended weekend of Light of Day concerts that include more than 20 events in Asbury Park, New Jersey from January 17 through January 21, 2013. Vincent Pastore, who played Sal Bonpensiero on the HBO hit show, The Sopranos, is hosting the Hard Rock Cafe New York show along with radio disc jockey Rich Russo, whose free-form show, “Anything, Anything,” airs weekly on 107.1 The Peak in Westchester County and 105.5 WDHA in northern New Jersey.
Bonds first rose to prominence in the early 1960s, when his song, “Quarter to Three,” released in June 1961, reached Number 1 on the Billboard chart. Bonds’ other Top 10 hits at the time included “New Orleans,” “School is Out” and “Dear Lady Twist.” He headlined a 1963 European tour, which also included The Beatles.
In the early 1980s, Bonds had a career resurgence when he collaborated with Little Steven Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen for the albums Dedication and On the Line. His comeback song, “This Little Girl,” hit Number 5 on the rock chart in 1981. Bonds has been a dedicated supporter of Light of Day for many years and has appeared at various Light of Day events in the U.S. and Canada.
Gary recently released a Christmas CD titled, Christmas is ON!, over the holidays and his new book, By U.S. Bonds: That's My Story is slated to come out early this year.
Singer-songwriter Willie Nile’s last three albums, Streets of New YorkHouse of a Thousand Guitars and The Innocent Ones have received great critical acclaim. His hometown paper, The Buffalo News, called the three albums, “three of the finest recordings to ever straddle the worlds of singer-songwriter fare and good ol’ street-tough rock n’roll.” A long-time Light of Day favorite, Nile is known for his scintillating live performances.
Joe D’Urso is a singer-songwriter “blessed with one of those unmistakable whisky-tainted Asbury Park, New Jersey voices that makes the story in every song come alive,” according to a show review by Paul M. Sinclair. D’Urso and his band Stone Caravan have been part of Light of Day since its start 13 years ago. D’Urso serves on the board of directors of LOD.
Liza Colby formed her current band in 2009, combining her own original style with influences from the late 1960s, early 1970s and the British Invasion. Colby describes her sound as “rockin’ soul” that will make you get up and dance!
$25 for general admission and $75 for a seated VIP ticket, available through Ticketweb at
About Light of Day
The Light of Day concert series is now in its 13th year. What began as a single concert at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey has grown into 35 shows in 12 countries in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
This year Light of Day concerts in Asbury Park, New Jersey will take place from Thursday. January 17 through Monday, January 21, 2013. The nearly weeklong run of events are about to formally be declared as Light of Day Week by the Asbury Park City Council for the second consecutive year. The concerts have become a full-fledged festival.
The funds raised are donated to help the fight against Parkinson's disease and related illnesses by funding research into better treatments, cures and support for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and related illnesses.
The Asbury Park shows in 2012 raised nearly $300,000. September of 2012 saw the release on DVD and VOD of Just Around The Corner. The documentary tells the story of Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation.
Light of Day fields a team in the annual Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York's Central Park. Over the last five years the Light of Day team has raised $80,000 which helped the Walk raise over $3 million for Parkinson's research.
Light of Day has received press coverage in/on NBC Nightly News, CBS New York TV News, Talk Philly on CBS TV Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rolling Stone, Billboard, the New York Times,, NJ Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, the Home News Tribune, the Aquarian Weekly, New Jersey Monthly Magazine and many other regional, local and trade outlets.
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 178 venues in 56 countries, including 139 cafes, 18 hotels and 8 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the companies’ two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Florida, both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida., as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Santiago, Nabq, San Jose and Guatemala City. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Aruba, Riviera Maya, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary and Northfield, OH. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit