Music’s biggest night is back. The 58th annual Grammy Awards are coming up on Monday night, and whether your tastes tend toward rock, pop, rap, country, R&B, musical theater, or anything in between, the star-studded telecast will have something for you. We’ve got all the answers to your burning questions about when to watch, what you’ll see, and who might win below.
What time are the Grammys?
The Grammys take place on Monday, Feb. 15, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. They will air live on CBS nationwide — with no tape delay for western time zones this year — at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
LL Cool J will assume emcee duties for the fifth consecutive year. Before his first hosting gig in 2012, the Grammys went for seven years without a host at all.
Who isn’t? Taylor Swift will open the show, and nominees Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Sam Hunt, Ellie Goulding, Miguel, Andra Day, Alabama Shakes, Tori Kelly, Carrie Underwood, Joey Alexander, James Bay, and Little Big Town will all perform, as will Adele (whose latest album, 25, was released too late to be eligible for nominations) and Rihanna. Pitbull will team up for a collaboration with Robin Thicke and Travis Barker, and 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.
The Broadway cast of the musical Hamilton, nominated for Best Musical Theater Album, will perform a number from the show, marking the fourth time the telecast has included a live performance via satellite. And in a new experiment, Gwen Stefani will collaborate with Target and make her next music video during the commercials — the first ever to be produced live on TV.
In tributes to artists who died this year, Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, and Gary Clark, Jr. will pay homage to B.B. King; rock supergroup 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; and Lady Gaga will perform a special tribute to David Bowie.
The Recording Academy announced this year’s crop of nominees back in December. Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations, and Taylor Swift and The Weeknd follow with seven each. You can find the contenders in the major categories below, and check out the full list of nominees here.
Record of the Year
“Really Love,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard
“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd
Album of the Year
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
Traveller, Chris Stapleton
1989, Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd
Song of the Year
“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar (Written by Kendrick Duckworth, Kawan Prather, Mark Anthony Spears, and Pharrell Williams)
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift (Written by Max Martin, Shellback, and Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (Written by Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose)
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth (Written by Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth, and Cameron Thomaz)
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran (Written by Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge)
Best New Artist