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Kirk Franklin To Perform At 66th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony

Kirk Franklin | Image via Chris Cavanaugh

As the anticipation builds for the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards, all eyes are on the vibrant city of Los Angeles, where the prestigious Premiere Ceremony is set to unfold at the Peacock Theater. The acclaimed songwriter, producer, and activist Justin Tranter will host this year’s extravaganza. As a current GRAMMY nominee and a music industry powerhouse, Tranter will surely bring an extra dash of charisma to the proceedings.

The curtain will rise with a dazzling opening number featuring an ensemble of talented artists. The star-studded lineup includes J. IvyLarkin PoePentatonixSheila E., and Jordin Sparks, promising a performance that will set the stage for the grandeur that is to follow. These artists, along with other luminaries like Adam BlackstoneBrandy ClarkKirk FranklinRobert GlasperBob JamesLaufeyTerrace Martin, and Gaby Moreno, are poised to captivate the audience with their musical prowess.

Presenters for the Premiere Ceremony are no less extraordinary, adding a touch of glamour and prestige to the event. Patti AustinNatalia LafourcadeCarly PearceMolly TuttleRufus Wainwright, and five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam will take the stage to announce the winners of more than 80 categories spanning diverse genres and crafts that have contributed to a spectacular year in music.

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. and Chair of the Board of Trustees Tammy Hurt will kick off the ceremony with opening remarks, setting the tone for a night that promises to celebrate musical excellence.

The 66th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, set to stream live on February 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel and, is proudly presented by City National Bank for the second consecutive year. As the Official Bank of the GRAMMY Awards, City National Bank’s return as the presenting sponsor adds an extra layer of prestige to this already glittering event.

Harvey Mason Jr. expressed his excitement: “The Premiere Ceremony is the most incredible lead-up to Music’s Biggest Night. With an amazing lineup of presenters and performers, we’ll reveal and celebrate the winners of more than 80 categories, spanning the diverse genres and crafts that have contributed to such a spectacular year in music.”

The performers, presenters, and hosts are not only a part of the excitement but are also nominees themselves. With many nominations across various categories, these artists showcase the incredible diversity and talent the music industry offers.

The 66th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony is produced by a team of industry experts, including Branden ChapmanRuby MarchandChantel Sausedo, and Rex Supa, on behalf of the Recording Academy. Executive producer Greg V. Fera and music producer/music director Cheche Alara ensure that every moment is perfectly crafted.

As the Premiere Ceremony concludes, the spotlight will seamlessly transition to the live broadcast of the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards on CBS Television Network. Paramount+ will also stream the event live and on-demand, ensuring that music enthusiasts worldwide can participate in this extraordinary celebration.

So mark your calendars, set your reminders, and get ready for a night of music, glamour, and unforgettable moments as the 66th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony paves the way for Music’s Biggest Night.


Fharnell M.