Photographed by Dan Monick on Jan. 31 at the Foo Fighters' recording studio in Northridge, Calif.
The Grammys shed 31 categories in April, but the Foo Fighters' Grohl has a suggestion for one they should add: "Best garage record. Wouldn't that be f--ing rad?" says the 43-year-old frontman. "Or best old-school album," offers producer of the year nominee Vig, 56.
Photographed by Peter Yang on Jan. 20 in New York City
The first time Brewton, vp writer-publisher relations at BMI, heard Khaled's "I'm on One," nominated for best rap/sung collaboration, her reaction was instant: "I said to him, 'This is a monster hit.' "
Photographed by Amanda Friedman on Feb. 2 at his Malibu home
Decades before Taylor Swift conquered the country and pop worlds, Campbell reigned over both. Just look back to the 1968 Grammy Awards: Campbell captured four trophies, including best country and Western male solo vocal performance for "Gentle on My Mind" and pop vocal performance for "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."
Photographed by Pamela Littky on Jan. 30 at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre at TreePeople's headquarters in Coldwater Canyon Park
When it comes to the banjo, Martin takes pride in his 47 years of practice. "I'm way, way better now," says the San Francisco street musician-turned-comedian-turned-movie star, who in 1965 would play for eight hours a day then hit the clubs. In fact, banjo was a crucial part of his early stand-up act.
Reid Perry, Kimberly Perry, Scott Borchetta and Neil Perry
Photographed by Amanda Friedman on Jan. 28 in the House of Blues Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
When the band Perry rode into Nashville unsigned and bearing its breakthrough song, "If I Die Young," most of the music executives they met with understood its smash potential -- even if no one was brash enough to correctly predict it would go triple-platinum.
Photographed by Brigitte Sire on Jan. 20 at Warren's Realsongs office in Hollywood
With several dozen trophies lining Warren's Hollywood office, you'd think she'd be jaded about awards, especially given the more quantifiable kudos of having been partly responsible for sales of more than a half-billion albums in a three-decade career (40 million of Michael Bolton's alone) on the back of some 100 Top 10 hits.
Photographed by Smallz + Raskind on Jan. 21 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood
Ask Family Guy creator MacFarlane, 38, what winning a Grammy for his big-band album would mean, and he's ready with a quip: "It would mean that everyone from Tony Bennett to Barbra Streisand to Susan Boyle has passed away prior to the ceremony."
Photographed by Mark Leibowitz on Jan. 24 at Park City Live in Park City
"I'm turning into the Susan Lucci of music awards shows," says Tedder, the songwriter, producer and frontman for the band OneRepublic, who has seen more than his share of Grammy noms -- six since 2009 -- without a win. He's up for producer of the year this time.
Photographed by Joe Pugliese on Jan. 24 at The Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood
"What is this, Band Manager Fancy?" Wilco's singer, Tweedy, ribs his longtime adviser Margherita midprimp. Playfully, of course, since these two go back 24 years, to the days when they worked at a St. Louis record store (Margherita was the boss, Tweedy a clerk) with nary a concept of Grammys, gold plaques or sold-out tours.
Photographed by Matt Jones on Jan. 25 at Jack Studios in New York City
How do you keep an 85-year-old icon's career fresh and relevant? The secret, according to Tony -- whose son Danny has been his manager for 33 years -- is a balance of pure, old-school music, new collaborators and social media.