Grammy nominees to be revealed at concert.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;}.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;}LOS ANGELES - The top nominees for the Grammy music awards will be revealed Wednesday night during a concert special that is to air live on U.S. television.

Among the performers are Mariah Carey, John Mayer and Taylor Swift - a potential nominee. Swift and LL Cool J are set to host the Grammy show, which will announce nominees in just a handful of the Grammy Awards' 110 categories.

In an era where awards shows are as commonplace as reality shows, such top-tier events as the Grammys are finding it hard to stand out. So the Recording Academy decided to try something different from its traditional morning roll call of nominee names at a staid press conference.

"This gives us an opportunity to have more music on television and ... really bring the ultimate amount of attention to the beginning of Grammy season," , said in an interview. "It's a more grand way to initiate Grammy season for us."

The Grammy Awards are Feb. 8. The nominations special - also set to include performances by Foo Fighters, Celine Dion and B.B. King - "has great potential" to become an annual event, Neil Portnow, president and chief executive of the Recording Academy, said, adding that artists will perform classic recordings recently inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Swift is likely to be among them. The 18-year-old was nominated last year for a best new artist Grammy and was named favorite female country artist at last month's American Music Awards. Carey is another Grammy darling - she scooped up three awards in 2005 - who could be nominated for her latest CD, "E=MC2."

Other potential nominees include Coldplay, Radiohead, Lil Wayne and Rihanna, who won a Grammy last year for best rap/sung collaboration with Jay Z on the smash "Umbrella." Her hit-filled 2007 album, "Good Girl Gone Bad," was rereleased over the summer with additional hits, giving her another shot at Grammy love.