7 things to know about the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday

7 things to know about the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday

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Lindsey Poisson
You can bet the biggest night in music will include incredible live performances, tearful tributes and heartfelt speeches.
But, if we’re really lucky, maybe there will be an awkward red-carpet encounter, bizarre stage high jinks and even a bit of Kanye West drama, too.
You just never know, which is why it will definitely be worth watching the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, which will air live on Monday, 8 p.m., on CBS.

Here are a few things, however, that are definitely part of the plan for this year’s awards event.
1. Hip-hop artist and actor LL Cool J, 48, will once again host this year’s awards ceremony from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This is the fifth consecutive year that the two-time Grammy winner has been tapped for the gig.
2. Hello. It’s Adele.
No need to wonder whether fans will see the British powerhouse live onstage at the Grammys — the singer was one of the first anticipated musical acts locked in for Monday’s event.
Some other big names set to perform: Justin Bieber; Diplo; Ellie Goulding; the Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry; Kendrick Lamar; Little Big Town; Pitbull; Rihanna; Skrillex; Taylor Swift; Robin Thicke; Carrie Underwood; and the Weeknd.
3. Wait. Aren’t the Tony Awards in June? Even so, the Broadway cast of the wildly popular hip-hop musical “Hamilton” will perform during the Grammys.
The cast — including Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda — has been nominated for best musical theater album.
“Hamilton” will be among only a handful of musical theater performances in Grammy Awards history. Other telecasts have featured “Godspell” (1972), “The Magic Show” (1975), “Sophisticated Ladies” (1982), “La Cage aux Folles” (1984), “Will Rogers Follies” (1992), “Riverdance” and “Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk” (1997) and “American Idiot” (2010).
4. Glam rock legend David Bowie, who passed away on Jan. 10 after a private battle with cancer, will be honored with a special multisensory tribute by Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga.
Gaga, a six-time Grammy winner, is nominated this year for best visual media song, “Til It Happens to You.”
5. Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor will take part in a special tribute to Grammy winner Lionel Richie, 2016’s MusiCares Person of the Year recipient.
Richie will later join the artists onstage for a performance of one of his classics.
6. There are several different ways to experience the Grammys this year. In addition to the live event on TV, the Recording Academy and CBS are launching Grammy Live with behind-the-scenes footage, the GrammyCam (live video from the base of the Grammy statue) and more at http://live.grammy.com and www.CBS.com, and via the Grammy Live and CBS apps. Viewers are also encouraged to follow ?@TheGRAMMYS on Twitter and like the Grammys on Facebook to get the latest updates throughout the event.
7. Can’t wait to watch the Grammys? Live red carpet coverage for the event starts as early as 3 p.m. at http://live.grammy.com
Official 2016 Grammys track list
This year’s 21-track album of nominated hits is now available, and features:
● “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. Nominated for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance.
● “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift. Nominated for record of the year; album of the year, “1989”; and song of the year.
● “Can’t Feel My Face,” the Weeknd. Nominated for record of the year and album of the year, “Beauty Behind the Madness.”
● “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran. Nominated for record of the year and song of the year.
● “Sugar,” Maroon 5. Nominated for best pop duo/group performance.
● “Ship to Wreck,” Florence + the Machine. Nominated for best pop duo/group performance.
● “Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes. Nominated for album of the year, “Sound & Color.”
● “Really Love,” D’Angelo and the Vanguard. Nominated for record of the year.
● “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar. Nominated for album of the year, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” and song of the year.
● “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton. Nominated for album of the year, “Traveller,” and best country solo.
● “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town. Nominated for song of the year.
● “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (from “Furious 7″). Nominated for song of the year and best pop duo/group performance.
● “Lips Are Movin’,” Meghan Trainor. Nominated for best new artist.
● “Should’ve Been Us,” Tori Kelly. Nominated for best new artist.
● “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt. Nominated for best new artist.
● “Hold Back the River,” James Bay. Nominated for best new artist.
● “Pedestrian at Best,” Courtney Barnett. Nominated for best new artist.
● “Little Toy Guns,” Carrie Underwood. Nominated for best country solo.
● “Burning House,” CAM. Nominated for best country solo.
● “Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack. Nominated for best country solo.
● “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban. Nominated for best country solo. – Erie Times-News via Google

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