2015 Grammys Preview: Nominees, presenters, performers and more

LL Cool J hosts the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS. Channel Guide Staff

Beyoncé, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams lead the nominations (six each) for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, presented Sunday, Feb. 8, at 8pm (live ET/Tape delayed PT) on CBS at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, Drake, Gordon Goodwin, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher and Jack White earned four nominations each. Nominees for Best New Artist are Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark, HAIM and Sam Smith. Two-time Grammy Award winner LL Cool J returns as host.

List of presenters and performers from the CBS press release below, followed by list of 2015 Grammys nominees in popular categories.

LL Cool J hosts the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS.




Dierks Bentley, James Corden, Jamie Foxx, Barry Gibb, Dave Grohl,

Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, Nick Jonas, Anna Kendrick, Shia LaBeouf

Katharine McPhee, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pentatonix, Smokey Robinson, Nile Rodgers,

Gina Rodriguez, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Keith Urban, The Weeknd and

Stevie Wonder Are Set To Present On Music’s Biggest Night®

A diverse, all-star lineup of celebrities will take the stage as presenters for THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®.  This year’s presenters, which include GRAMMY® nominees, previous winners and stars from film and TV, are: GRAMMY Award nominee Dierks Bentley; actor and late night TV host James Corden; Academy Award® and GRAMMY Award winner Jamie Foxx; nine-time GRAMMY Award winner Barry Gibb; 15-time GRAMMY Award winner Dave Grohl; and Academy and GRAMMY Award winner as well as current nominee Jennifer Hudson.

Additional presenters include four-time Latin GRAMMY® Award winner and GRAMMY Award winner Enrique Iglesias; singer Nick Jonas; actress Anna Kendrick; actor Shia LaBeouf; actress Katharine McPhee;  Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow; current nominees Pentatonix; GRAMMY Award winner Smokey Robinson; three-time GRAMMY Award winner Nile Rodgers; Golden Globe Award® winner Gina Rodriguez; seven-time GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Taylor Swift; current nominee Meghan Trainor; four-time GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban; singer The Weeknd; and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and 25-time GRAMMY Award winner Stevie Wonder. 

Music’s Biggest Night takes place Sunday, Feb. 8 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the CBS Television Network.

Previously announced performers are GRAMMY Award-winning band AC/DC; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Beck; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Tony Bennett; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Mary J. Blige; nominee Eric Church; nominee Brandy Clark; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Common; nominee Ariana Grande; GRAMMY Award winner Herbie Hancock; nominee Hozier; nominee Jessie J; and GRAMMY Award Award winner Tom Jones.

Additional artists include 20-time Latin GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Juanes; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Lady Gaga; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Miranda Lambert; internationally acclaimed pianist and GRAMMY Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee John Legend; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Annie Lennox; GRAMMY Award winner Adam Levine; the legendary Jeff Lynne’s ELO; GRAMMY Award winner Madonna; GRAMMY Award winner Paul McCartney; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Chris Martin; GRAMMY Award winner John Mayer; nominee Katy Perry; GRAMMY Award winner Questlove; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Rihanna; nominee Ed Sheeran; nominee Sia; nominee Sam Smith; GRAMMY Award winner Gwen Stefani; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Usher; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Kanye West; GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Pharrell Williams; and GRAMMY Award winner Dwight Yoakam.

2015 Grammys Nominees In Popular Categories

(Full List Of Nominees Available Here)

Album Of The Year
Sam Smith, “In the Lonely Hour”
Beyonce, “Beyonce”
Beck, “Morning Phase”
Ed Sheeran, “x”
Pharrell Williams, “GIRL”

Record Of The Year
Iggy Azalea, “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Song of the Year
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
Hozier, “Take Me To Church”

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Sam Smith
Brandy Clark

Best Rap Performance
Childish Gambino, “3005”
Drake, “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
Eminem “Rap God”
Kendrick Lamar “i”
Lecrae “All I Need Is You”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Common, “Blak Majik” feat. Jhene Aiko
Eminem, “The Monster” feat. Rihanna
I Love Makannon, “Tuesday” feat. Drake
Schoolboy Q, “Studio” feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, “Bound 2”

Best Rap Song
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Kanye West & Charlie Wilson, “Bound 2”
Kendrick Lamar, “i”
Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”
Drake, “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”

Best Rap Album
Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
Childish Gambino, “Because the Internet”
Common, “Nobody’s Smiling”
Eminem, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”
Schoolboy Q, “Oxymoron”
Wiz Khalifa, “Blacc Hollywood”

Best Country Solo Performance
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Hunter Hayes, “Invisible”
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Carrie Underwood, “Something In The Water”
Keith Urban, “Cop Car”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
The Band Perry, “Gentle on My Mind”
Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad”
Little Big Town, “Day Drinkin'”
Tim McGraw, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” feat. Faith Hill
Keith Urban, “Raise ‘Em Up” feat. Eric Church

Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley, “Riser”
Eric Church, “The Outsiders”
Brandy Clark, “12 Stories”
Miranda Lambert, “Platinum”
Lee Ann Womack, “The Way I’m Livin'”

Best Country Song
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Going To Miss You”
Tim McGraw, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”

Best Americana Album
Roseanne Cash, “The River & The Thread”
John Hiatt, “Terms of My Surrender”
Keb’ Mo’, “BluesAmericana”
Nickel Creek, “A Dotted Line”
Sturgill Simpson, “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay, “Ghost Stories”
Miley Cyrus, “Bangerz”
Ariana Grande, “My Everything”
Katy Perry, “Prism”
Ed Sheeran, “X”
Sam Smith, “In the Lonely Hour”

Best Pop Solo Performance
John Legend, “All Of Me”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Iggy Azalea, “Fancy” feat. Charli XCX
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
A Great Big World, “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Katy Perry, “Dark Horse” feat. Juicy J

Best Traditional Pop Album
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, “Cheek to Cheek”
Annie Lennox, “Nostalgia”
Barry Manilow, “Night Songs”
Johnny Mathis, “Sending You a Little Christmas”
Barbra Streisand, “Partners”

Best Dance Recording
Basement Jaxx, “Never Say Never”
Clean Bandit, “Rather Be” feat. Jess Glynne
Disclosure, “F For You” feat. Mary J. Blige
Duke Dumont, “I Got U” feat. Jax Jones
Zhu, “Faded”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin, “Syro”
deadmau5, “While (1<2)”
Little Dragon, “Nabuma Rubberband”
Royksopp & Robyn, “Do It Again”
Mat Zo, “Damage Control”

Best Rock Performance
Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
Arctic Monkey, “Do I Wanna Know?”
Beck, “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Song
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
Beck, “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Beck, “Morning Phase”
Ryan Adams, “Ryan Adams”
The Black Keys, “Turn Blue”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Hypnotic Eye”
U2, “Songs of Innocence”

Best Metal Performance
Anthrax, “Neon Knights”
Mastodon, “High Road”
Motorhead, “Heartbreaker”
Slipknot, “The Negative One”
Tenacious D, “The Last in Line”

Best Alternative Music Album
alt-J, “This Is All Yours”
Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
Cage the Elephant, “Melophobia”
St. Vincent, “St. Vincent”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jhene Aiko, “Sail Out”
Beyonce, “Beyonce”
Chris Brown, “X”
Mali Music, “Mali Is…”
Pharrell Williams, “GIRL”

Best R&B Performance
Beyonce, “Drunk In Love” feat. Jay Z
Chris Brown, “New Flame” feat. Usher and Rick Ross
Jennifer Hudson, “It’s Your World” feat. R. Kelly
Ledisi, “Like This”
Usher, “Good Kisser”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton, “As”
Angie Fisher, “I.R.S.”
Robert Glasper Experiment, “Jesus Children” feat. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner
Kem, “Nobody”
Antonique Smith, “Hold Up Wait A Minute”

Best R&B Song
Beyonce, “Drunk In Love” feat. Jay Z
Usher, “Good Kisser”
Chris Brown, “New Flame” feat. Usher and Rick Ross
Luke James, “Options (WolfJames Version)
Jhene Aiko, “The Worst”

Best R&B Album
Bernhoft, “Islander”
Aloe Blacc, “Lift Your Spirit”
Toni Braxton & Babyface, “Love, Marriage & Divorce”
Robert Glasper Experiment, “Black Radio 2”
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “Give the People What They Want”

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, “Fly Rasta”
Lee “Scratch” Perry, “Back on the Controls”
Sean Paul, “Full Frequency”
Shaggy, “Out of Many, One Music”
Sly & Robbie & Spice Chocolate, “The Reggae Power”
Soja, “Amid the Noise and the Haste”

Best Spoken Word Album
James Franco, “Actors Anonymous”
Jimmy Carter, “A Call to Action”
John Waters, “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America”
Joan Rivers, “Diary of a Mad Diva”
Elizabeth Warren, “A Fighting Chance”
Gloria Gaynor, “We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song”

Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic, “Mandatory Fun”
Jim Gaffigan, “Obsessed”
Louis C.K., “Oh My God”
Patton Oswalt, “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time”
Sarah Silverman, “We Are Miracles”

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Various, “American Hustle”
Various, “Frozen”
James Brown, “Get On Up: The James Brown Story”
Various, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1”
Various, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
“Frozen” (Christophe Beck)
“Gone Girl” (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Alexandre Desplat)
“Gravity” (Steven Price)
“Saving Mr. Banks” (Thomas Newman)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie” (Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island, performers)
“I See Fire” from “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” (Ed Sheeran)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (Glen Campbell)
“Let It Go” from “Frozen” (Idina Menzel)
“The Moon Song” from “Her” (Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, “Bass & Mandolin”
Beck, “Morning Phase”
Keb’ Mo’, “BluesAmericana”
Lee Ann Womack, “The Way I’m Feelin'”
Thomas Dybdahl, “What’s Left Is Forever”

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Paul Epworth
John Hill
Jay Joyce
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin

Best Music Video
Arcade Fire, “We Exist”
DJ Snake & Lil John, “Turn Down For What”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Woodkid, “The Golden Age” feat. Max Richter

Best Music Film
Beyonce & Jay Z: On The Run Tour
Ghost Stories (Coldplay)
20 Feet From Stardom
Metallica Through the Never
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne (Pink)

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