In the mainstream music world, it’s a very big night.
The 2015 Grammy Awards are happening this weekend, celebrating the work of artists, songwriters, producers, sound engineers and more.
Traditionally, a handful pop categories dominates the glitzy event in Los Angeles. But the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences also presents trophies to folks who specialize in rock, R&B, country, metal, gospel, rap, dance/electronica, jazz, classical and many other genres.
For some observers, of course, the most compelling part is the red carpet fashion show, as stars get glam, smile for paparazzi and compete for spots on “best of” lists.
Is the annual Grammys shindig a must-watch for you? Or a must-to-avoid? Before you make a final decision for Sunday’s broadcast, consider some key facts about the televised ceremony.
What: The 57th Grammy Awards.
When and where: Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. CST on CBS, broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hip-hop star LL Cool J will host the show for the fourth year in a row. The broadcast is expected to last until 10:30 p.m. CST.
Before the TV cameras roll: Winners in about 70 of the 83 categories will be announced before the show, in a ceremony at the Noka Theatre in Los Angeles. That event, 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. CST, can be viewed via a live stream on the Grammys website. Country artist Hunter Hayes will serve as host. Presenters will include Rosanne Cash, Jimmy Jam, Gloria Gaynor and John Waters.
Major nominees: Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith earned six nods apiece. The list is larger for artists with four nominations apiece: Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, Tom Coyne, Drake, Gordon Goodwin, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher and Jack White.
Performers at the main event: AC/DC, Eric Church, Ariana Grande, Miranda Lambert, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Usher, Pharrell Williams.
Collaborations: Rihanna will perform her new single, “FourFiveSeconds,” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney. Several duets are planned, such as Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox and Hozier, Tom Jones and Jesse J, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani.
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