Everything you need to know about this year’s Grammy awards

Your guide to the Baftas of the music world, where a stadium filled with famous people in Los Angeles always provides unmissable moments...

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Remind me again, what are The GrammysThe Grammys are THE awards ceremony of the year for pop stars. The Baftas of the musical world if you will. It’s essentially one colossal, sequined, booze-filled party where the big chart players hope they’ll win a prize and all the other celebrities just have a great time. 

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When does all this musical madness kick off? If you’re in America, it’s at eight o’clock tonight (Sunday 8th February). Brits can see the highlights on 4Music at 9pm on Monday 9th February.

Why is it worth following live US blogs and watching the highlights? Well, with so many celebrities in one big room, funny, embarrassing and brilliant things are bound to happen. Last year golden girl Taylor Swift misheard the announcement and momentarily thought she’d won an award when she hadn’t; Yoko Ono danced along to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr’s performance of Queenie Eye; and 34 couples got married during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance of Same Love, a pro-gay, pro-unity track. 

Who’s performing this year? Pop royalty Rihanna, Kanye West and Sam Smith are taking to the stage as are Paul McCartney and Katy Perry, who everyone’s talking about after her spectacular Super Bowl half-time show featuring dancing sharks.

Madonna will play music from her new album, Rebel Heart, for the first time and she’s not usually one for a low-key performance so that’ll probably feature some top-notch dance moves. Oh, and also there’ll be a duet from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, the most unlikely yet most pleasing musical double act of recent times. 

So who might get one of these awards? Here are some of the nominees…

Record of the year

  • Fancy – Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX 

  • Chandelier – Sia

  • Stay With Me – Sam Smith

  • Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

  • All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

Song of the year

  • All About That Bass – Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor

  • Chandelier – Sia and Jesse Shatkin

  • Shake It Off – Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift

  • Stay With Me – Jimmy Napes, William Phillips and Sam Smith

  • Take Me to Church – Hozier

Best pop vocal album

  • Ghost Stories – Coldplay

  • Bangerz – Miley Cyrus

  • My Everything – Ariana Grande

  • Prism – Katy Perry

  • x – Ed Sheeran

  • In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

Best pop solo performance

  • All of Me – John Legend

  • Chandelier – Sia

  • Stay With Me – Sam Smith

  • Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

  • Happy – Pharrell Williams

And finally, what’s the best live blog I can follow? 

This official Grammys site: http://www.grammy.com/liveblog

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…let the music play!