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.
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.
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.
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.
The Nominees (key categories):
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"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
RECORD OF THE YEAR
"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
BEST NEW ARTIST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
SONG OF THE YEAR (Songwriter’s award)
"Just Give Me a Reason" – Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
"Paradise" – Lana Del Rey
"Pure Heroine" – Lorde
"Unorthodox Jukebox" – Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" – Robin Thicke
"The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience" – Justin Timberlake
BEST ROCK ALBUM
"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
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
"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
BEST R&B ALBUM
"R&B Divas" – Faith Evans
"Girl on Fire" – Alicia Keys
"Love in the Future" – John Legend