Grammy Awards Live

The stars are coming down for a night. On Sunday, January 26, 2014, Staples Center in Los Angeles will be filled to rafters as eager fans and celebrities converge for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The awarding can be viewed at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Interestingly, the ceremony was moved to a later date in order to give way to the coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The extended period only made the awards more exciting. The nominations were revealed in early December via a live televised concert on CBS. Dubbed as the Grammy Nominations Concert Live – Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night, the nominations had rap artist and business mogul Jay – Z leading the nominations tally with nine awards. He is closely followed by Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pharrell Williams with seven nominations apiece. Additionally, Williams is also nominated for the Album of the Year as well as the Record of the Year Category.

Honoring and New Rules

Legendary American singer and songwriter Carole King will be honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. Her tribute will be held on January 24, a couple of days before the actual awarding ceremony. The Grammy Awards 2014 will also feature some of the new categories such as Best American Roots Song. This is an award for a songwriter and it covers sub-genres such as bluegrass, blues folk, Americana and regional roots music. The Best Metal Performance category is also now a stand alone category. Hard rock performances, on the other hand, were also screened in order to qualify for the Best Rock Performance Category.

The Best Short Form Music Video was changed into the Best Music Video. The Best Long Form Music Video was renamed as the Best Music Film. This brings the total of awards in the Grammy Awards 2014 up to 82.

Star Studded Affair

As always, this year’s Grammy Awards is expected to be a star studded affair. The line up of performers and presenters are from different musical genres and eras. Among them are:

● Beyoncé and Jay-Z
● Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
● Daft Punk featuring Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
● Pink featuring Nate Ruess
● Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar
● Katy Perry
● Robin Thicke featuring Chicago
● Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton
● John Legend and Keith Urban
● Kacey Musgraves
● Lorde
● Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
● Metallica featuring Lang Lang
● Robin Thicke featuring Chicago
● Sara Bareilles featuring Carole King
● Taylor Swift
● Lindsey Buckingham, Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, and Queens of the Stone Age
● Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar

With all this talent in one spot at one time, make sure you watch the Grammys online.