Six-time GRAMMY winners the Foo Fighters, 14-time GRAMMY winner B.B. King, five-time GRAMMY winner John Mayer, and 50th GRAMMY nominee Taylor Swift are the first performers announced for “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®.” The one-hour special — which also will celebrate the grand opening of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE — takes place live on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. Tickets to the live event will be available for sale to the public beginning Oct. 27, and proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Museum.”The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” will announce nominations in at least six categories, feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, and will set the stage for the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8, 2009. The special also marks the first time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced live on primetime television. Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive concert by one of the evening’s performers in celebration of the grand opening of the GRAMMY Museum. Tickets to “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” will go on sale to the public on Mon., Oct. 27, at all Ticketmaster outlets, via phone at 213.480.3232, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Having received confirmed press reports that John McCain has been using Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” as the latest in a number of unauthorized theme songs at his campaign rallies without seeking permission from the band, its management, record label or publisher, Foo Fighters have issued the following statement:
This isn’t the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist. It’s frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property. The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song. We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song – and start asking artists’ permission in general!