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What can we expect from the 62nd Grammy Awards?

The highlight of the stateside year in music has arrived.

The highlight of the stateside music calendar has arrived, and The Grammys are heading to the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Hosted by Alicia Keys for the second year running, this annual celebration of all things sound will once again bring together the many sectors of the music industry to congratulate and commiserate the talents we hold dear.

The evening will see a host of live performances by artists who have made waves over the past twelve months, not least global superstar Billie Eilish, who reinvented pop as we know it with her cataclysmic debut WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, itself nominated for the coveted Album Of The Year gong.

Other performers include Odd Future graduate Tyler The Creator, who dropped his acclaimed IGOR LP in 2019 and secured a nomination for Best Rap Album, and Rosalía – who despite not releasing an album in the last twelve months finds herself on the Best New Artist list alongside fellow performers Lizzo and Eilish.

2019 was a huge year for Lizzo, who unveiled her well-earned breakthrough Cuz I Love You, a record that drew enough attention to inject a huge new lease of life into 2017’s Truth Hurts. Two years since its release, the track topped the stateside singles chart, and forms part of the reason Lizzo sits with eight nominations – the most by any artist in 2020.

Ariana Grande, Charlie Wilson, The Jonas Brothers, Gary Clark Jr. and the Roots, H.E.R., Demi Lovato, Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C., Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty will also perform.

Live collaborations are also the name of the game in 2020, with Sheila E. and Usher set to deliver a tribute to the legendary Prince, and the mighty Lil Nas X, K-pop heroes BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey, and country legend Billy Ray Cyrus teaming up for what is destined to be a showstopper performance of Old Town Road.

In another of the show’s likely future highlights, and following the untimely passing of rapper Nipsey Hussle in March, the Grammy Awards will welcome a potentially powerful tribute performance by John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, YG, and Kirk Franklin.

As Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich prepares for his retirement, a heap of stars will be delivering their version of Fame‘s I Sing the Body Electric. The list of performers is nothing short of high-profile, with Camila Cabello, Gary Clark Jr., John Legend, Debbie Allen, Joshua Bell, Common, Misty Copeland, Lang Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, and the War and Treaty gearing up to lend their voices.

In total, the Grammy Awards will host 18 separate performances across its 84 (yes, 84!) categories.

The highly competitive Album Of The Year category pits fan favourites Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey and Billie Eilish against each other, alongside Bon Iver, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, and Vampire Weekend. Although, as ever, it’s anyone’s game, Eilish may top off a phenomenal 2019 by walking home with the award.

In the Record Of The Year battle, Lil Nas X is primed to take home the win – having become the first ever hip-hop artist to bag the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Musical Event of the Year in 2019.

As the heat gets turned up ahead of the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday 26 January 2020 (in the United States), here are the nominees for a selection of the major categories.

You can find the rest of the of the categories here.


Album of the Year

Bon Iveri,i
Lana Del ReyNorman F***ing Rockwell!
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
H.E.R.I Used to Know Her
Ariana Grandethank u, next
Lil Nas X7
LizzoCuz I Love You
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride

Record of the Year

Bon IverHey, Ma
Billie Eilish Bad Guy
Ariana Grande7 rings
H.E.R.Hard Place
KhalidTalk
Lil Nas XOld Town Road
LizzoTruth Hurts
Post MaloneSunflower

Song of the Year

Lady GagaAlways Remember Us This Way
Billie EilishBad Guy
Tanya TuckerBring My Flowers Now
H.E.R.Hard Place
Taylor Swift Lover
Lana Del Rey Norman F***ing Rockwell
Lewis CapaldiSomeone You Loved
LizzoTruth Hurts

Best New Artist

Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Maggie Rogers
Rosalía
Tank and the Bangas
Yola

Best Pop Vocal Album

BeyoncéThe Lion King: The Gift
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Ariana Grandethank u, next
Ed SheeranNo.6 Collaborations Project
Taylor SwiftLover

Best Rap Album

DreamvilleRevenge of the Dreamers III
Meek MillChampionships
21 SavageI Am > I Was
Tyler, the Creator IGOR
YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy

Best Rock Album

Bring Me the Horizonamo
Cage the ElephantSocial Cues
The CranberriesIn the End
I PrevailTrauma
Rival SonsFeral Roots

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Steve LacyApollo XXI
LizzoCuz I Love You
Georgia Anne MuldrowOverload
NaoSaturn
Jessie ReyezBeing Human in Public

Best Dance Recording

BonoboLinked
The Chemical BrothersGot to Keep On
MedusaPiece of Your Heart [ft. Goodboys]
RÜFÜS DU SOLUnderwater
Skrillex and Boys NoizeMidnight Hour [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]

Best Comedy Album

Jim GaffiganQuality Time
Ellen DeGeneresRelatable
Aziz AnsariRight Now
Trevor NoahSon of Patricia
Dave ChapelleSticks and Stones


The awards ceremony starts at 01:00 on Monday 27 January, UK time. Now we know that’s a school night so we will be posting some of the winners on our Twitter feed to keep you all up to date.

Good luck to all nominated artists and excited fans!

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