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Everything you need to know about tonight's Grammy Awards 2016

Beth Ryan

Published 15/02/2016 | 14:13

(L-R) Recording Artists Taylor Swift, Kanye West and tv personality Kim Kardashian attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
(L-R) Recording Artists Taylor Swift, Kanye West and tv personality Kim Kardashian attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

What are they, when are they, who has been nominated, can you watch live, who's performing, who's nominated - everything you need to know:

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What are the Grammy Awards?

Now in their 58th year, the Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards) were created in the 1950s as the music industry's answer to the Oscars or the Emmys. They've garnered prestige over the years and today, a Grammy is a sparkling jewel in any musicians trophy cabinet.

The awards are spearheaded by four categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist. The unstoppable Taylor Swift is dominating this year, with nominations in each of those categories except Best New Artist, and the similarly ubiquitous Ed Sheeran is up for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. 

There are 83 categories in total, ranging from best R&B album (Leon Bridges' Coming Home is nominated, as is D'Angelo and the Vanguard's Black Messiah) to Best Music Film, in which Asif Kapadia's documentary about Amy Winehouse is a strong contender.

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The awards take into consideration work released between October 1 and September 30, which means that we'll have to wait until 2017 to see Adele's 25 scoop up every prize going and Kanye is highly unlikely to win Album of the Year given The Life of Pablo released last week.

When are they?

This year's ceremony will take place tonight, Monday February 15 at the Staples Centre in LA, at 5pm PT/ 1AM GMT, after red carpet arrivals kick off at 5pm PT. It will be hosted by LL Cool J, himself a two-time Grammy winner, for the fifth consecutive year. 

How can I watch them?

Unfortunately, the show won't be broadcast live outside of the US, but you'll be able to watch footage on the Grammy Live website and check in with Independent.ie to find out who has won.  You can watch E! live from the red carpet from 11pm.

Who will be performing?

This year's ceremony features a glistening line-up, with a host of  the music world's biggest names set to perform. Ten-time Grammy winner Adele, who was the best-selling artist of 2015, will appear, as will rapper Kendrick Lamar, who is nominated in 11 categories this year.

There will be performances from country music superstar Taylor Swift and Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. After Lamar, the pair are at a joint second with seven nominations each.

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Rihanna, who recently released her album Anti after it leaked online, will also perform, and Justin Bieber will take to the stage with rapper Diplo and electronic musician Skrillex to give a live performance of their song Where Are U Now.

Other performers include Ellie Goulding and the cast of Broadway musical Hamilton, who will take part in the musical extravaganza via satellite from New York. The Hollywood Vampires – the rock super-group comprised of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry – will make their TV debut when they perform their single Bad As I Am, along with two previously unreleased tracks from their new album.

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Gwen Stefani will make history at the event: the American singer will produce and perform the first ever live broadcast on TV of a music video. During a 4-minute commercial break, she will shoot the video to her new single Make Me Like You, and it will be posted to Vevo as the song's official video."This is big." the former No Doubt star wrote on Instagram,  "I’m going to be in the first LIVE music video on a#GRAMMYs commercial break with@Target! #MoreMusic."

There will also be three musical tributes:

Lady Gaga, a six-time Grammy winnner, will give perform a tribute to the late David Bowie. The flamboyant singer will perform several Bowie  tracks as part of  "a multisensory testament to the icon's incredible artistry". The tribute is directed by Chic's Nile Rodgers, a longtime friend of Bowie who produced his disco-infused 1983 album "Let's Dance."

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A tribute to blues singer BB King – who died in May 2015 – will be led by Gary Clark Jr, an American blues guitarist. Chris Stapleton, the rising country star who is nominated for Album of the Year, and blues guitar queen Bonnie Raitt will join him.

Finally, American singers Luke Bryan, John Legend, Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato will perform a tribute to  MusiCares's person of the year Lionel Richie, who is also set to make an appearance himself.

Full list of nominees:

Album of the Year

Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Taylor Swift, 1989

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

 

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"

Wiz Kahifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"

 

Record of the Year

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, "Really Love"

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"

Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

The Weeknd, "Can't Feel my Face"

 

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

Meghan Trainor

 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Florence + The Machine, " Ship to Wreck"

Maroon 5, "Sugar"

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

 

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night

Josh Groban, Stages

Seth MacFarlane, No One Ever Tells You

Barry Manilow (& Various Artists), My Dream Duets

 

Best Pop Vocal Album

Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece

Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Mark Ronson, Uptown Special

Taylor Swift, 1989

James Taylor, Before This World

 

Best Dance Recording

Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston, :We're All We Need"

The Chemical Brothers, "Go:

Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Never Catch Me"

Galantis, "Runaway (U & I)"

Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, "Where Are Ü Now"

 

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"

Florence + The Machine,"What Kind Of Man"

Foo Fighters, "Something From Nothing"

Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"

Wolf Alice, "Moaning Lisa Smile"

 

Best Alternative Music Album

Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color

Björk, Vulnicura

My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall

Tame Impala, Currents

Wilco, Star Wars

 

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Internet, Ego Death

Kehlani, You Should Be Here

Lianne La Havas, Blood

Miguel, Wildheart

The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

 

Best Rap Album

J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Dr. Dre, Compton

Drake, If Youre Reading This Its Too Late

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint

 

Best Country Album

Sam Hunt, Montevallo

Little Big Town, Pain Killer

Ashley Monroe, The Blade

Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

 

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Joey Alexander, My Favorite Things

Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective, Breathless

Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio, Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios

Jimmy Greene, Beautiful Life

John Scofield, Past Present

 

Best Gospel Album

Karen Clark Sheard, Destined to Win (Live)

Dorinda Clark-Cole, Living It

Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live

Israel & Newbreed, Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe)

Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two

 

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Jason Crabb, Whatever the Road

Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be

Matt Maher, Saints and Sinners

Tobymac, This Is Not a Test

Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red

 

Best Latin Pop Album

Pablo Alborán, Terral

Alex Cuba, Healer

Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)

Alejandro Sanz, Sirope

Julieta Venegas, Algo Sucede

 

Best Americana Album

Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher's Daughter

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind

Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free

The Mavericks, Mono

Punch Brothers, The Phosphorescent Blues

 

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Caribou, Our Love

The Chemical Brothers, Born in the Echoes

Disclosure, Caracal

Jamie XX, In Colour

Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

 

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Bill Frisell, Guitar in the Space Age!

Wouter Kellerman, Love Language

Marcus Miller, Afrodeezia

Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest, Sylva

Kirk Whalum, The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV

 

Best Metal Performance

August Burns Red, "Identity"

Cirice, "Ghost"

Lamb of God, "512"

Sevendust, "Thank You"

Slipknot, "Custer"

 

Best Rock Song

Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"

Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"

James Bay, "Hold Back the River"

Highly Suspect, "Lydia"

Florence + the Machine, "What Kind of Man"

 

Best Rock Album

James Bay, Chaos and the Calm

Death Cab for Cutie, Kintsugi

Highly Suspect, Mister Asylum

Muse, Drones

Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter

 

Best R&B Performance

Tamar Braxton, "If I Don't Have You"

Andra Day, "Rise Up"

Hiatus Kaiyote, "Breathing Underwater"

Jeremih feat. J. Cole, "Planes"

The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"

 

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Faith Evans, "He Is"

Lalah Hathaway, "Little Ghetto Boy"

Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"

Tyrese, "Shame"

Charlie Wilson, "My Favorite Part of You"

 

Best R&B Song

Miguel, "Coffee"

The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)"

Jazmine Sullivan, "Let It Burn"

D'Angelo and The Vanguard, "Really Love"

Tyrese, "Shame"

 

Best R&B Album

Leon Bridges, Coming Home

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah

Andra Day, Cheers to the Fall

Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie

 

Best Rap Performance

J. Cole, "Apparently"

Drake, "Back to Back"

Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne, "Truffle Butter"

Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"

 

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend, "One Man Can Change the World"

Common & John Legend, "Glory"

Jidenna feat. Roman GianArthur, "Classic Man"

Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "These Walls"

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, "Only"

 

Best Rap Song

Kanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney, "All Day"

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Drake, "Energy"

Common & John Legend, "Glory"

Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"

 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Brothers Osborne, "Stay a Little Longer"

Joey + Rory, "If I Needed You"

Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay, "The Driver"

Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"

Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe, "Lonely Tonight"

 

Best Country Song

Lee Ann Womack, "Chances Are"

Tim McGraw, "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools"

Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"

Brandy Clark, "Hold My Hand"

Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"

 

Best Country Solo Performance

Cam, "Burning House"

Chris Stapleton, "Traveller"

Carrie Underwood, "Little Toy Guns"

Keith Urban, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"

Lee Ann Womack, "Chances Are"

 

Best Pop Solo Performance

Kelly Clarkson, "Heartbeat Song"

Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"

Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"

Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"

 

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (TV)

Empire: Season 1

Fifty Shades of Grey

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

Pitch Perfect 2

Selma

 

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (Film)

The Weeknd, "Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)"

Common & John Legend, "Glory"

Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"

Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"

Lady Gaga, "Til It Happens to You"

 

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Birdman

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

 

Best Music Video

A$AP Rocky, "LSD"

The Dead Weather, "I Feel Love"

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Pharrell Williams, "Freedom"

 

Best Music Film

Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways

James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone

Roger Waters, The Wall

Amy Winehouse, Amy

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