By Courtney E. Smith

A Very GRAMMY Christmas adds two new faces to brighten the holiday extravaganza. LL Cool J will host the TV special, and Mary J. Blige has been added as a performer.

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Blige is a smooth fit, as her new album The London Sessions will be out on the Tuesday preceding the show’s Dec. 5 airing. The R&B diva released a holiday album, A Mary Christmas, in 2013.

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Blige joins previously announced performers Ariana Grande, three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5, three-time winner Tim McGraw and Pharrell, who has seven awards.

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In addition to performances by all these artists, the GRAMMY Album of the Year nominees will be announced during the telecast.

LL Cool J and the artists performing will also share their favorite holiday and GRAMMY memories.

A Very GRAMMY Christmas airs on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, Dec. 5.

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