Some of the main nominees and performers at the Grammy Awards

Picture copyright
BBC / Getty Photographs

Picture caption

The cream of the music world might be attending the ceremony

From Beyonce’s child bump to Katy Perry’s comeback, this 12 months’s Grammys ceremony seems wealthy with promise.

This is every thing it’s essential know concerning the present.


James Corden is internet hosting the present reside from the Staples Heart in Los Angeles at 5pm(PT)/8pm(ET) on Sunday, 12 February.

When you’re within the US, you’ll be able to watch the ceremony reside on CBS from 8pm ET. Within the UK, it’s important to wait till 4Music display screen the present at 8pm on Monday night time. Good luck avoiding spoilers.

Nonetheless, you’ll be able to watch the pink carpet protection reside on E! (151 on Sky, 156 on Virgin, 321 on BT) from 11pm on Sunday.

And BBC Music News LIVE might be reporting on the motion all through the night time.


Picture copyright
Getty Photographs

The present has a line-up to rival Glastonbury. This is what to anticipate.

  • Katy Perry: Giving the primary efficiency of her comeback music Chained To The Rhythm.
  • Beyonce: Not formally confirmed – however her dad says she’s performing, so it should be true.
  • Adele: More likely to be singing her present single, Water Below The Bridge.
  • The Weeknd and Daft Punk: That is Daft Punk’s first efficiency in three years. Will White Home press secretary Sean Spicer be more impressed than last time?
  • Likelihood The Rapper
  • Alicia Keys and Maren Morris
  • Bruno Mars: Showing with Prince’s side-project The Time, whose music impressed Uptown Funk.
  • Little Large City, Demi Lovato, Andra Day and Tori Kelly: Performing a tribute to the Bee Gees. Let’s hope it is not as excruciating because it sounds.
  • Woman Gaga and Metallica: Unusual although this collaboration sounds, Gaga was the singer in a Led Zeppelin tribute band, so it may simply work.
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • Lukas Graham
  • John Legend and Cynthia Erivo: Performing a memorial to musicians who’ve died up to now 12 months.
  • Anderson .Paak and A Tribe Referred to as Quest
  • Keith City and Carrie Underwood
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • William Bell and Gary Clark Jr

Different performers are prone to be introduced within the run-up to the present, and there are often a couple of surprises on the night time itself.


There are 83 classes on the Grammys – together with “greatest encompass sound album” and “greatest notes” (C# is our favorite) – so in the event you’re a musician and you do not get a prize, it is most likely greatest to chop your losses and take up ostrich farming.

You may see the principle nominees on the backside of this web page, or learn the total, exhaustive record on the official website of the Grammy Awards.


Picture copyright
Getty Photographs

The massive struggle is between Adele and Beyonce, who go face to face within the three essential classes: Album of the 12 months, report of the 12 months and music of the 12 months.

We predict Beyonce’s politically-charged Lemonade will take the honours for album of the 12 months; whereas Adele’s Howdy will take the others, which focus extra on songcraft.

If we’re proper, it will likely be the primary time Beyonce’s received the principle prize. Two years in the past, she misplaced album of the 12 months to Beck’s Morning Part, prompting Kanye West to throw all his toys out of the pram.

“Beck must respect artistry and he ought to have given his award to Beyonce,” he noticed.

Beck declined.


Tune of the 12 months goes to the individuals who wrote the music and lyrics.

Document of the 12 months recognises everybody who contributed – musicians, producers, artists, catering workforce, canine groomer, receptionist, Simon Cowell, and many others.


Picture copyright

Very a lot so. Images of the seating plans launched on Friday present that Beyonce and Jay Z get the very best seats in the home, cementing their place as pop royalty. Beyonce’s sister Solange – nominated for greatest R&B efficiency – has to take a seat a row behind, resisting the urge to flick B’s ear.

Adele sits subsequent to Bruno Mars, whereas Woman Gaga has an aisle seat. And, in essentially the most unlikely pairing of the night time, J-Lo must make small discuss with Barry Gibb.


The identify was chosen in a contest – because the ceremony was beforehand referred to as the Gramophone Awards. Jay Danna, the competition winner, obtained 25 LPs as a prize from the Recording Academy.


Picture copyright
Getty Photographs

Sturgill Simpson is the darkish horse in the very best album class. His nomination raised quite a lot of eyebrows from individuals who anticipated David Bowie’s Blackstar to be honoured by the Recording Academy.

The dangerous boy of nation music, Sturgill covers Nirvana songs and has publicly berated Nashville for being out of contact.

May he do a Beck?


Adele gave an uncharacteristically pitchy efficiency ultimately 12 months’s Grammys – after a rogue microphone fell on her piano strings and knocked every thing out of tune.

The Recording Academy have “spent a 12 months attempting to make it as much as her,” Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich advised E! they usually’ll be tightening all of the screws on the entire mic stands with an industrial-level energy software.

Undoubtedly, she’ll be again to her traditional, flawless self.


Picture copyright

David Bowie, George Michael, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Sir George Martin, Sharon Jones, Glenn Frey, Prince Buster, Phife Dawg… 2016 was brutal – however that places the Grammys in a pickle. They’ve an extended historical past of musical tributes, however no-one needs this 12 months’s present to really feel like a funeral.

“You have acquired lots of people extremely enthusiastic about being nominated,” producer Kenneth Ehrlich told Rolling Stone. “I do not wish to deny them by devoting a 3rd of the present to individuals who’ve handed away.”

Nonetheless, organisers have introduced there might be particular segments dedicated to Prince – probably led by Bruno Mars – and George Michael.


Frank Ocean’s Blonde was some of the critically-acclaimed albums of 2016 – nevertheless it’s nowhere to be seen within the Grammy nominations.

Do not name it a snub, although. The star merely did not submit the report for consideration, citing his dissatisfaction with the best way the Grammys handled black artists.

“That establishment actually has nostalgic significance,” he told the New York Times. “It simply does not appear to be representing very properly for individuals who come from the place I come from, and maintain down what I maintain down.”


Picture copyright

Kanye West, who’s up for greatest rap album, vowed to boycott the Grammys if Frank Ocean wasn’t nominated. We’ll have to attend and see if he retains his phrase.

Among the many different main stars, Justin Bieber is allegedly skipping the present as a result of he “does not assume the Grammys are related or consultant, particularly relating to younger singers” (in line with TMZ, anyway).

And Drake is not going to make it to LA, as a result of he is enjoying a present in Manchester… However that may not be such a foul determination. The present’s rankings dropped to a seven-year low in 2016, which means the star will earn more money from a single live performance than he would from three minutes’ TV publicity.


It actually appears seemingly. Adele, Beyonce, Woman Gaga and John Legend have all been outspoken critics of the brand new president.

The present has a historical past of protest. Pharrell, Beyonce and Frequent all spoke out towards police killings of African-People two years in the past; whereas Kendrick Lamar carried out in chains final 12 months, making a touch upon discrimination in America’s jail system.


Likelihood The Rapper may make historical past if his Coloring Ebook album snags any of the seven awards it is nominated for. The ebullient, gospel-inspired report is the primary streaming-only launch to be eligible for the Grammys.

Though he is locked out of the very best album class, David Bowie has 5 different nominations – and is favorite to win greatest rock album. However do not place a wager simply but, as he solely ever received one aggressive Grammy in his life.

Rihanna is second to Beyonce because the night time’s most-nominated girl – she’s up for eight awards – however she’s prone to be overshadowed in the principle classes. Her daring, experimental album ANTI ought to simply win greatest city modern album, nonetheless.

And, whereas Kanye could complain, do not anticipate anybody to refuse their awards. Sinead O’Connor is the one artist to have rejected her Grammy outright; whereas Milli Vanilli are the one act to have their award revoked.

Picture copyright

Picture caption

Rihanna now has 32 nominations and eight wins to her identify

Grammy Awards 2017: Essential nominations

Album Of The Yr

  • Adele – 25
  • Beyonce – Lemonade
  • Justin Bieber – Function
  • Drake – Views
  • Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Information To Earth

Document Of The Yr

  • Adele – Howdy
  • Beyonce – Formation
  • Lukas Graham – 7 Years
  • Rihanna ft Drake – Work
  • Twenty One Pilots – Burdened Out

Tune Of The Yr

  • Adele – Howdy
  • Beyonce – Formation
  • Justin Bieber – Love Your self
  • Lukas Graham – 7 Years
  • Mike Posner – I Took A Capsule In Ibiza

Finest New Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Likelihood The Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

Finest different album

  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Challenge
  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  • Iggy Pop – Submit Pop Melancholy
  • Radiohead – A Moon Formed Pool

Finest pop album

  • Adele – 25
  • Justin Bieber – Function
  • Ariana Grande – Harmful Girl
  • Demi Lovato – Assured
  • Sia – This Is Appearing

Finest rap album

  • Likelihood The Rapper – Coloring Ebook
  • De La Soul – And The Nameless No one
  • DJ Khaled – Main Key
  • Drake – Views
  • Schoolboy Q – Clean Face LP
  • Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

Observe us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. You probably have a narrative suggestion e-mail