The awards show, hosted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) boasts three-and-a-half hours of almost non-stop music.
Finally a music show with awards, instead of an awards show with music.
Lorde and Kendrick Lamar will be performing at the Grammys for the first time. Led Zeppelin and McCartney and Starr will also give rare performances.
Another highlight is a reported collaboration between Beyonce and hubbie Jay Z.
Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton are teaming up for a special performance. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert will also perform an “In Memoriam” tribute to Phil Everly, who died earlier this month.
Here’s a complete list of Grammy performers and presenters.
- Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert in tribute to Phil Everly
- Sara Bareilles with 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King
- Gary Clark Jr.
- Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers (of Chic), Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder and the RAM (Random Access Memories) session players: Chris Caswell, Nathan
- East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr.
- Merle Haggard, 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton
- Hunter Hayes
- Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons
- John Legend
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who as members of the Beatles will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
- Metallica and Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang
- Kacey Musgraves
- Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham in a rousing finale
- Katy Perry
- Pink and Nate Ruess (of Fun.)
- Taylor Swift
- Robin Thicke and 70s group Chicago
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
- Keith Urban
This year’s presenters are drawn from Hollywood and music. They include:
Steve Coogan, Jeremy Renner, Julia Roberts, Charlie Wilson, Marc Anthony, Black Sabbath, Zac Brown, Gloria Estefan, Anna Faris, Jamie Foxx, Ariana Grande, Neil Patrick Harris, Olivia Harrison, Anna Kendrick, Alicia Keys, Juanes, Cyndi Lauper, Jared Leto, Bruno Mars, Martina McBride, Miguel, Yoko Ono, Smokey Robinson, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air live tonight, Jan. 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. CBS will be broadcast the show in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound from 8 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
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