The 58th Grammy Awards are ready to kick off as artists from around the country come together for music’s most celebrated night. Some recognizable faces are set to take the stage as well as some new ones. With that in mind, here’s a look at the performers and which artists should take home a trophy.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Taylor Swift will start things off with a song from her newest album, 1989. Alabama Shakes, joined by jazz musicians Joey Alexander and Miguel, are next in line followed by a performance from Adele, who has not performed at the Grammy’s in four years.
Fans will then be treated by a tribute to David Bowie performed by Lady Gaga, after which Kendrick Lamar will take the stage. Following a performance from Little Big Town, The Weeknd is set to make his debut at the Grammy Awards.
Gaga’s tribute to the late David Bowie is expected to be one of the key moments during the event. Additionally, USA Today is reporting that there will be a special In Memoriam session to honor all of the legendary artists who have passed away this year. This includes B.B. King, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Natalie Cole, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire), and Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead).
As per usual, there will be a number of unique collaborations during the 2016 Grammy Awards. This includes Tori Kelly and James Bay, Ellie Goulding and Andra Day, and Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt. Following a joint performance from Justin Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo, Hollywood Vampires will take the stage in their first ever television appearance. The group is made up of the likes of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp.
In addition to the aforementioned performers, this year’s Grammys will feature a number of exciting artists, including Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr., Bonnie Raitt, Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Broadway’s Lin-Manual and cast, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Pitbull, Travis Barker, and Robin Thicke.
Apart from all of the performers at the 2016 Grammy Awards, the field of nominees is very competitive this year. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lamar is the most nominated artist with 11 different categories while Swift and The Weeknd are close behind with 7 nods each.
In the category for Record of the Year, Swift’s “Blank Space” is up against a challenging set of competitors, including Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard’s “Really Love,” and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” However, according to USA Today, “Uptown Funk” has the best shot at winning in the category.
As far as Album of the Year is concerned, it’s going to come down to a battle between Swift and Lamar. Although Swift reached new heights of success with her 1989 album, Lamar wowed fans with his hip-hop and jazzy To Pimp a Butterfly album. This one is definitely going to be close, with an upset certainly not out of the question. Other nominees include Alabama Shakes with Sound & Color, Chris Stapleton with Traveller, and The Weeknd with Beauty Behind the Madness.
The next big category is Song of the Year, which should favor Swift’s “Blank Space.” However, there are a few songs that could upset Swift’s, including “Alright” from Kendrick Duckworth, Kawan Prather, Mark Anthony Spears, Pharrell Williams, and Lamar.
Rounding out the event for Best New Artist are a number of exciting new faces, including James Bay, Courtney Barnett, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, and Meghan Trainor. With Trainor’s mega-hit song, “All About That Bass,” ineligible for this year’s Grammy’s, Bay is definitely the frontrunner in this-this category, though it would not be surprising to see Kelly pull an upset.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted once again by LL Cool J, is scheduled to air February 15 on CBS.
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