All You Need to Know About This Year’s Grammys: Who’s hosting, who’s Nominated and who’s Performing this Year and the Most Important Question, When the Grammys are going to take place will get answered this time around...?
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards sneaked up on the fans this year. Usually the crescendo builds up over at least a month’s time and so the hype gets created for the biggest event in American music.
The nominations have already been announced. The music released between October, 2014 and September, 2015 has been nominated for the awards. The persistent question remained about when and where the Grammys would be held.
Usually, the Grammys take place by the second week of February and usually on a Sunday. But this year, the Grammys are changing it up a little bit.
This year, the show will air on Monday. That is February 15, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The show this year has 83 categories for all musical works released in the duration of the eligibility year.
The show, conducted by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences will be held in the form of two ceremonies. First will be the pre-telecast ceremony, which will be held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. PST.
Almost 70 of some 83 awards will be handed out. The fans will get to see some of their favourite performers receive their guilded gramophones in various different categories. The pre-telecast will be available for live streaming on CBS.com.
The main event or telecast will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The main show will feature electrifying performances from most of the nominated artists, tributes and the 10 major category awards of the night. This year’s show is all set to blow your mind and entertain the audiences with the best music last year had to offer.
LL Cool J will be hosting the show this year again. This is LL’s fifth consecutive year of performing emcee duties. Before LL, the Grammys went seven years without a host. So the next great part of the show is the nominees.
The nominees this year are the best of the best. It would suffice to say that Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar owned this year with 11 nominations across the board for album "Butterfly" and song "Alright". Following the R&B artist are Taylor Swift who also has her album “1989” among the best album nominations and her chart topping track “Blank Space” has been nominated for this year’s best song and record, The Weeknd also has his album “Beauty Behind the Madness” nominated for this year’s best album and “Can’t Feel My Face” has also been nominated for the Record of the Year.
Together, Swift and The Weeknd have seven nominations each in different categories. The trio will be going up against the country group Alabama Shakes for their album “Sound &Color” with singer Chris Stapleton and his album “Traveller”.
Ed Sheeran also scored a nomination for both Best Song and the Best Record with his romantic track “Thinking Out Loud”. Record of the year also has Bruno Mars ft. Mark Ronson's hit track “Uptown Funk” among the nominations with “Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard rounding up the category.
“See You Again” by Charlie Puth ft. Wiz Khalifa has been nominated for this year’s Record of the Year along with “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town completing the set. The new artists that have been nominated this year include; Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor.
Every year, the performers at the Grammys make more headlines than the actual awards. This year’s line-up of performances is no less surprising. All the top three contenders are performing.
Taylor Swift will be opening the show with one of her songs from her nominated album 1989. Kendrick Lamar will also take the stage and The Weeknd will make his Grammy performance debut.
Other than that, four time nominated country group Alabama Shakes will pair with jazz artist and two-time nominee Joey Alexander and two-time nominee Miguel to perform.
Little Big Town will also be performing and Justin Bieber will join collaborators Diplo and Skrillex as they perform their Grammy-nominated song, "Where Are Ü Now," while Pitbull will team up for a collaboration with Robin Thicke and Travis Barker. For the fourth time in its history, the sold out hip hop play “Hamilton” will be performed via satellite on the show as well.
The ladies of the evening that will be performing include Rihanna, who will likely make the TV debut of new Anti material. Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding and Tori Kelly will also be there. Making her return to the Grammy stage this year after 2012 will be Adele. She will be singing a song from her top selling album “25”. Lady Gaga will also be gracing the stage with a tribute to David Bowie who passed away in early January.
Gaga will perform a Grammys medley honouring Bowie, which will be directed by Chic’s Nile Rodgers. Rounding up the tribute performances for this year will be Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, and Gary Clark, Jr. who will pay homage to B.B. King; rock super-group the Hollywood Vampires, comprising Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp, will make their TV debut in a tribute to Lemmy Kilmister; Glenn Frey’s Eagles bandmates and Jackson Browne will unite to honor Frey.
Other artists who will be featured in the memoriam of the show will include Natalie Cole, Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister, the Eagles' Glenn Frey, and Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White among those remembered. Blues icon B.B. King will receive a tribute performance featuring Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt.Finally, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, and Luke Bryan will join forces to perform a tribute to Lionel Richie, who is the MusiCares Person of the Year.
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So hang on to your seats as the best of the best in American music take the stage and win some much deserved gramophones and perform with heart and soul.