Hollywood Reporter's Guide to the 2017 Grammys: What to Know About Sunday's Show

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James Corden takes over hosting duties at the 59th Grammy Awards, which will broadcast live from Staples Center at 5 p.m. PT Sunday on CBS.

The biggest and best in music will come together to be celebrated at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The live broadcast of the show will begin at 5 p.m. PT. on CBS (with a preshow set for 4:30 p.m. PT).

James Corden, host of The Late Late Show and the man behind "Carpool Karaoke," will host the music spectacle (although he's said the popular segment from his CBS late-night show won't make an appearance during the Grammys). This will be Corden’s first run at hosting the show, taking over for five-time consecutive host LL Cool J. 

While previous ceremonies have set the stage for some of music’s biggest moments, this year’s show features a stellar lineup of performers including Adele and Lady Gaga, along with tributes to Prince and George Michael. Read more about Sunday's events below.


Country singer Kelsea Ballerini and Danish band Lukas Graham will make their Grammy stage debuts, with Ballerini nominated for best new artist and Lukas Graham for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance ("7 Years"). The group's lead singer is also nominated for song of the year with “7 Years.” 

Demi Lovato (nominated for best pop vocal album for Confident), Tori Kelly and Andra Day will join Little Big Town for a special performance to honor both the 40th anniversary of the film Saturday Night Fever and the music of the Bee Gees. Meanwhile, John Legend and Cynthia Erivo will pay tribute to music legends lost in the past year. Recent Super Bowl LI halftime performer Lady Gaga will join forces with Metallica to deliver a high-energy performance for the audience and viewers at home. 

No stranger to the Grammy’s stage, Adele makes her return after dealing with technical issues during her performance at last year’s ceremony. Beyonce is also rumored to be taking the stage, debuting her newly announced baby bump on live television. In addition, tributes to Prince and George Michael, who both died last year, are in the work, with the performers involved being kept under wraps.

The roster of performers also includes Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, The Weeknd, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Gary Clark Jr., Chance the Rapper, Katy Perry, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, A Tribe Called Quest and Sturgill Simpson.

Prior to the show’s kickoff, the official Grammy site will stream live coverage of the red carpet beginning at noon PT. Meanwhile, the nontelevised preshow awards ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater and be hosted by one of this year’s Grammy nominees, Margaret Cho. The pre-celebration will feature performances by a few of this year’s nominees, such as Ziggy Marley, Carla Morrison, Judy Collins, Ravi Coltrane, Northern Cree, Third Coast Percussion and O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor. The first Grammy Awards of the day will be presented by five-time Grammy winner Jimmy Jam and various nominees including Lauren Daigle, Sarah Jarosz, For King & Country and Brendon Urie from Panic! At the Disco.


Beyoncé leads the Grammy nominations with a total of nine for her album Lemonade and anthem-infused single “Formation,” proving that when given lemons, Grammy nominations are made. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West follow with eight nominations each, while Chance the Rapper makes his nominee debut with a total of seven. The rapper made headlines by signing a petition last year for the Grammys to allow digital-only releases to be nominated for the coveted awards. A month later, the Grammys altered its rules, with Chance praising the moment on his Twitter account as a “victory.” If his digital-only Coloring Book wins, it will mark the first digital-release album to do so. 

While not necessarily receiving the most nominations, Adele’s album 25 scored noms in three of the biggest categories including album, record (“Hello”) and song of the year (“Hello”). It remains to be seen whether the female powerhouse will be able to dominate over Queen Bey’s buzzed-about Lemonade, as both were close in album sales and streams. 


It is still a mystery as to which famous faces will take the stage to present awards to this year’s music stars. While not officially announced, the lineup will be sure to include some of Hollywood's elite. Last year's presenters included Taylor Swift, Smokey Robinson, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Hudson and Dierks Bentley.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Louis J. Horvitz will direct the broadcast, with Ken Ehrlich serving as executive producer and Ben Winston as producer. David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers of the music event.

A list of select Grammy nominations is below (a longer list can be found here.)

Album of the Year

Adele, 25
Beyoncé, Lemonade
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Drake, Views
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Song of the Year
Beyoncé, Formation
Adele, Hello
Mike Posner, I Took a Pill in Ibiza
Justin Bieber, Love Yourself
Lukas Graham, 7 Years 
Record of the Year
Adele, Hello
Beyoncé, Formation
Lukas Graham, 7 Years
Rihanna Featuring Drake, Work
Twenty One Pilots, Stressed Out 
Best New Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson . Paak
Best Pop Vocal Album
Adele, 25
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman
Demi Lovato, Confident
Sia, This is Acting
Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, Hello
Beyoncé, Hold Up
Justin Bieber, Love Yourself
Kelly Clarkson, Piece by Piece (Idol Version)
Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, Closer
Lukas Graham, 7 Years
Rihanna Featuring Drake, Work
Sia Featuring Sean Paul, Cheap Thrills
Twenty One Pilots, Stressed Out
Best R&B Album
BJ The Chicago Kid, In My Mind
Lalah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway Live
Terrace Martin, Velvet Portraits
Mint Condition, Healing Season
Mýa, Smoove Jones 
Best Rock Album
Blink-182, California
Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty
Gojira, Magma 
Panic! At the Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Weezer, Weezer 
Best Rap Album
Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book
De La Soul, And the Anonymous Nobody
DJ Khaled, Major Key
Drake, Views
ScHoolboy Q, Blank Face LP
Kanye West, The Life of Pablo 
Best Country Album
Brandy Clark, Big Day in a Small Town
Loretta Lynn, Full Circle
Maren Morris, Hero
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Keith Urban, Ripcord
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