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What to expect at the Grammy Awards

Posted on: January 27th, 2014 by tommyj

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Crew members return from a lunch break at rehearsals for the Grammy Awards telecast.

Crew members return from a lunch break at rehearsals for the Grammy Awards telecast.

The stars will be out in spades — hopefully in perfect harmony — on Sunday for the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

Hosted for a third straight time by LL Cool J, “Music’s Business Night” will raise its curtain live at 7 p.m. CT on CBS.

Here is what viewers can expect from the ceremony, from the pre-show to the final performance:

Performing “Music’s Biggest Night” would be incomplete without performances from some of its biggest stars. Madonna was officially confirmed on Friday. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert will perform a duet in tribute to Everly Brothers musician Phil Everly, who died earlier this year. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Juicy J were also among the latest batch announced to play at the big show.

Gary Clark, Jr. Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan LewisKacey MusgravesJohn Legend, and Keith Urban will also hit the Nokia Theatre stage for your listening pleasure as well.

And of course, there’s the Beatles — at least, the remaining ones. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform and receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Sara Bareilles and Carole King are also scheduled to perform a duet together.

As for the grand finale: Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age will share the stage.

Presenting Opening envelopes and handing out trophies will be Steve Coogan, Jeremy Renner, Julia Roberts and Charlie Wilson. They’ll be sharing stage space with Marc Anthony, Black Sabbath, Zac Brown, Gloria Estefan and Anna Faris, as well as Jamie Foxx, Ariana Grande, Neil Patrick Harris, Olivia Harrison and Anna Kendrick.

As if that was not enough, Alicia KeysJuanes, Cyndi Lauper, Jared Leto, Bruno Mars and Martina McBride will be joined by Miguel, Yoko Ono, Smokey RobinsonRyan Seacrest, and Steven Tyler.

Pre-Show The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony takes place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1-3:30 p.m. PT, and present the first Grammy Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories. The ceremony will be streamed live internationally here.

The Pre-Telecast Ceremony, hosted by Cyndi Lauper, will feature performances by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Hiatus Kaiyote, La Santa Cecilia, Roomful of Teeth, and Summer Horns with the Larry Batiste Orchestra and special guest Verdine White.

Presenting awards will be Roberto Fonseca, Sarah Jarosz, Jeff Lorber, Tig Notaro, Tye Tribbett, Diane Warren and producer Jimmy Jam.

The Nominees (key categories):


"The Blessed Unrest" – Sara Bareilles

"Random Access Memories" – Daft Punk

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" – Kendrick Lamar

"The Heist" – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

"Red" – Taylor Swift


"Get Lucky" – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

"Radioactive" – Imagine Dragons

"Royals" – Lorde

"Locked Out of Heaven" – Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines" – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams


James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

SONG OF THE YEAR (Songwriter’s award)

"Just Give Me a Reason" – Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters

"Locked Out of Heaven" – Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters

"Roar" – Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters

"Royals" – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters

"Same Love" – Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters


"Paradise" – Lana Del Rey

"Pure Heroine" – Lorde

"Unorthodox Jukebox" – Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines" – Robin Thicke

"The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience" – Justin Timberlake


"13" – Black Sabbath

"The Next Day" – David Bowie

"Mechanical Bull" – Kings of Leon

"Celebration Day" – Led Zeppelin

"…Like Clockwork" – Queens of the Stone Age

"Psychedelic Pill" – Neil Young with Crazy Horse


"The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You" – Neko Case

"Trouble Will Find Me" – The National

"Hesitation Marks" – Nine Inch Nails

"Lonerism" – Tame Impala

"Modern Vampires Of The City" – Vampire Weekend


"R&B Divas" – Faith Evans

"Girl on Fire" – Alicia Keys

"Love in the Future" – John Legend

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