Music fans will get an early present this year due to the Sochi Winter Olympics. To avoid competing with the Winter Olympics, organizers of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards show have moved the event from the normal February time slot to January 26.
The nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards were announced Dec. 6. Jay-Z took the top spot, with nine nominations. Kenrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis picked up seven nominations apiece.
Grammys will be awarded in 82 categories, including pop, folk, blues, jazz and classical. As usual, the two top categories, Record of the Year and Album of the Year, feature an eclectic mix of music. “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and “Royals” with Lorde cozy up with Taylor Swift’s “Red” and Sara Bareilles’ “The Blessed Unrest.” And Robin Thicke’s runaway hit “Blurred Lines” is nominated along with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist.”
Here are all the nominees for the Grammys.
This year’s Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. CBS will broadcast the event live starting at 5 p.m. PST.
LL Cool J is reprising his host duties this year. Artists scheduled to perform include Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, Pink and Nate Ruess of fun. Country all-stars Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton will take the stage together in a special “Grammy Moment.”
Four-time Grammy winner Carole King will be honored as the 2014 MusiCare’s Person of the Year. The music industry will also recognize a long list of outstanding performers who have died in the past year — including, just recently, Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences held the first Grammy Awards ceremony on May 4, 1959, to recognize outstanding achievements in the music industry. Over the years, artists from every imaginable music genre have been honored, from Frank Sinatra and the Beatles to the soundtrack to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and last year’s winner for Best Opera Recording, Wagner’s “Der Ring Des Nibelüngen.”
If you want to dig deeper into the annals of Grammy winners, you can click on this link.
For up-to-date information about the Grammys, steer your browser to Grammy.com.
If you want to check out new music leading up to the Grammys, follow this link for information about Music Choice and music on Demand.