Grammy Awards Ceremony 2014 on Sunday January 26th,nominations!
Music fans barely had a chance to absorb all the Best of 2013 lists and 2014 prediction posts before having to switch into Grammy mode, thanks to the show’s earlier date this year. But maybe it’s better this way, coming before the Super Bowl, before anything has had a chance to really set the tone for the forthcoming year in pop music. One last appraisal of the year that was, while the breakouts and the memes and the capital-M Moments are still fresh in our minds. (An indirect benefit of this, of course, is that it’s easier to channel the necessary anger over any snubs and nonsensical nominations).
It’s unclear how the Grammys will send off 2013, but a few things are very clear regarding what will go down on January 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS: People will be drunk and in love. Lines will be blurred. Dragons will be imagined. Below, find everything you need to know about the 2014 Grammy Awards.
YOUR HOST FOR THE NIGHT: LL Cool J. We’re just gonna go ahead and repurpose the blurb from last year, because apparently Grammy Host is now a Supreme Court-style lifetime appointment. As we said in 2013: “Your host for the night is “the same dude who hosted last year, so we guess he must’ve done a good job? We can’t really remember, which is sort of the point of being the Grammy host.”
MOST-NOMINATED ARTISTS: Jay Z lords over all with nine nominations. The rap takeover is strong this year, as Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also nabbed seven nods, as did Justin Timberlake andPharrell.
THE PERFORMERS: It’s all about collaborations this year — in fact, there are so many that we wonder why they didn’t just go full-on and make that the theme. Thankfully, there’s nothing quite as atrocious as that time the Academy lassoed Jamie Foxx, T-Pain, Doug E. Fresh and Slash together for a performance in 2010, but still, making Kendrick share his stage time with butt-rockers-du-jour Imagine Dragons is a travesty. Also, each Album Of The Year nominee will take the stage, which will make this the ninth straight year the AOTY winner performed on the show. Find the complete list of performers below.
*Beyonce & Jay Z *Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers & Pharrell *Katy Perry *Kendrick Lamar & Imagine Dragons *Taylor Swift *John Legend *Lorde *Macklemore & Ryan Lewis *Paul McCartney *Ringo Starr (They’re rumored to be performing together, though) *Kacey Musgraves *Pink & Nate Ruess *Robin Thicke & Chicago *Sara Bareilles & Carole King *Keith Urban *Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson & Blake Shelton *Metallica & Lang Lang *Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl & Lindsey Buckingham *Hunter Hayes *Gary Clark Jr.
THE STORYLINES: The unveiling of New Era Beyonce will be the most anticipated moment of the night, even though she didn’t qualify for any awards at this year’s ceremony (something the divas in attendance are surely grateful for). Her “Drunk In Love” performance with hubby Hov will come almost a year to the day after her takeover of the Super Bowl in New Orleans. And if that jaw-dropping set came when she had nothing to promote, you know she’ll have a killer instinct now that Beyonce is in the wild.