This Monday, February 15 marks the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, a celebration of the best the world of music has had to offer over the past year. Hosted for the fifth consecutive year by LL Cool J, this year’s ceremony has a lot to watch out for besides the handing out of awards. Here’s a look at who (and what) to expect at the 2016 Grammys.
Taylor Swift: Announced to be opening the show, Taylor Swift is also one of the more recent additions to the lineup of presenters. Swift will be singing a track from her album 1989, which released in late 2014 and is up for the prestigious Album of the Year award at this very show. As important as that nomination is, though, it’s only one of the seven awards Taylor Swift is nominated for, the others including Best Pop Vocal Album (again for 1989), Song of the Year (for “Blank Space”), and Best Music Video (for “Bad Blood”). Speaking of “Bad Blood”…
Kendrick Lamar: Having appeared in the “Bad Blood” video alongside Swift, she and Kendrick Lamar will likely not be on as friendly terms when they compete both on and off the stage. Besides also being nominated for the Best Music Video award for his song “Alright,” Lamar also has more nominations overall than Swift—and everyone else, for that matter—with 11, including Song of the Year (“Alright”) and two tracks up for Best Rap Song (“Alright” and “All Day,” which is a Kanye West song that Lamar wrote). And if that wasn’t enough, Kendrick Lamar will be performing on stage as well for the first time since 2014.
Tributes: The Grammys also makes sure to pay respects to those the world has lost since the last awards show. Glenn Frey of the Eagles, who passed away in January of this year, will be honored on stage by surviving bandmate Bernie Leadon and Jackson Browne, who wrote songs for the band. The Hollywood Vampires, as tribute to Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, who died in December 2015, will play “As Bad as I Am,” and Christ Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr., and Bonnie Raitt will show their respects to the late B.B. King, who passed in May 2015. But perhaps the tribute act that will get the most attention is Lady Gaga, who will be performing in remembrance of the great David Bowie, who died in January and who was a major influence on Lady Gaga herself.
Other Acts: Of course, we can’t possibly list everyone, but the above are just some of the acts viewers can look forward to during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Others taking the stage to show why they’re music stars include The Weeknd, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Adele, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Demi Lovato, Robin Thicke, Travis Barker, Ellie Goulding, and even the cast of the musical Hamilton, based on the biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Presenters: Not every celebrity at the Grammy Awards is known for their musical achievements, however, as many Hollywood stars will appear to present awards to their musical brethren. Scheduled to appear are Stephen Colbert, Kaley Cuoco, Ice Cube, Seth MacFarlane, Selena Gomez, Ryan Seacrest, and Anna Kendrick, who unfortunately will likely not take advantage of the music-themed night to perform a cappella.
Tune into the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on the evening of Monday, February 15 on CBS to see if any other surprises are in store for the evening!