LeVar Burton to host Grammys pre-telecast with performances from Allison Russell and Jimmie Allen

It may not host Peril! but LeVar Burton, the former reading rainbow star, will be in our homes during this year’s Grammy telecast.

That’s right, Burton is set to host the Grammys’ “Premiere Ceremony” before the telecast, which will include performances from Jimmie Allen and Allison Russell.

Burton is also up for an award: Best Spoken Word Album for Aftermath. Other nominees in this category include Barack Obama, Don Cheadle, J. Ivy and Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman.

Said Burton of his nomination and his category, which includes all black nominees: “I am thrilled to host this celebration of the best performers across genres and art forms. I am especially honored to be represented in the Best Spoken Word category this historic year, along with a cohort of five other exceptionally talented black men, along with the words of the late great Congressman John Lewis.

The pre-telecast afternoon event, which will air ahead of the ceremony itself on April 3, will also include the announcement of many of the evening’s winners (86 awards).

The evening kicks off at the MGM Grand Conference Marquee Ballroom in Las Vegas at 12:30 p.m. PT. And the early announcement of the winners will be available to stream on The Recording Academy’s YouTube channel and on live.grammy.com.

Allen, who is nominated for Best New Artist, is set to perform as well as new and three-time nominee Allison Russell. Other artists who will perform include Ledisi, Mon Laferte and Curtis Stewart. And the pre-telecast will open with a multi-nominated performance featuring Madison Cunningham, Falu, Nnenna Freelon, Kalani Pe’a, John Popper and the Isaacs, according to Variety.

This year, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS and Paramount+ from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET on April 3.

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