Grammy Pre-Telecast Will Include All-Star Bluegrass Performance

A special bluegrass performance featuring Asleep at the Wheel Founder Ray Benson, banjo player Alison Brown, singer-songwriters Jim Lauderdale and Michael Martin Murphey, guitarist Bryan Sutton and singer-fiddler Gabe Witcher will be featured during Sunday’s (Jan. 31) pre-telecast at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Benson is nominated in a new category, best Americana album, for Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel. Brown’s “Under the (Five) Wire” is up for best country instrumental performance. Among this year’s nominees for best bluegrass albums are Murphey’s Buckaroo Blue Grass, Sutton’s Bryan Sutton and Friends and Lauderdale’s Could We Get Any Closer? The pre-telecast will be streamed live at grammy.com beginning at 1 p.m. PT. The 52nd annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.