It’s finally here: music’s biggest night. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS this Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8PM Eastern/7PM Central, with LL Cool J once again hosting the festivities. Despite the semi-humorous, mostly ludicrous, well-publicized memo from CBS to attendees about what not to show on screen, the evening is shaping up to be a great one.
While last year was all about Adele—and rightly so—this year’s award spread is not as predictable, which should make things a bit more interesting. While R&B artist Frank Ocean and indie-pop act fun. are favored in several categories (each receiving six nominations, and pitted against one another for Album of the Year and Best New Artist), there are plenty of other contenders that might present an upset. While The Lumineers are currently considered a dark horse in Best New Artist, for example, their underground momentum has already made them one of the most unlikely success stories, and their song “Ho Hey” is still topping the charts while Ocean and fun. are charting a bit lower. Point: there are enough bands like with enough momentum that we might see more than a few surprises on Sunday night. Don’t take your picks for granted.
Some interesting trends to observe at this year’s Grammy Awards: while female artists have had strong showings in the past few years (and as we said, last year was pretty much Adele), this year’s nomination spread is largely dominated by bands and male artists. Another point of note is that favored genres this year are shifting away from dance/pop and R&B (with the notable exception of Frank Ocean) and more toward guitar-driven music like folk and rock. Consider that in both categories where fun. and Ocean are co-nominees, the other nominees are all folk, country or rock. The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Jack White, Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers…again, take nothing for granted.
As always, a huge part of the Grammy telecast is the music itself, and we often judge the show by the live performances. This year looks particularly promising, with expected performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Mumford & Sons, , fun., Carrie Underwood, Jack White, and many others. One particular highlight of Grammy performances is the collaborations; watch for newcomer Ed Sheeran to perform with Elton John, Maroon 5 to perform with Alicia Keys, and Bruno Mars to take the stage with Rihanna.
Do you have any predictions to make for Sunday’s Grammy Awards? Feel free to leave them in the comments.