2016 Grammys preview: performers, presenters, nominees and more

Ryan Berenz

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LL Cool J returns as host of the Grammy Awards for the fifth straight time as the music industry honors the best recording artists, producers, songwriters and engineers of the past year in The 58th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Top nominees are Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. CBS airs the awards show live Monday, Feb. 15, beginning at 8pm ET (check local listings for Mountain/Pacific Time Zones). For the first time, CBS airs a live Grammys red carpet show hosted by Entertainment Tonight‘s Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier, and Shad Moss (a.k.a. Bow Wow), live at 7pm ET.

2016 Grammys preview: performers, presenters, nominees and more

Performers: Adele; Alabama Shakes; Joey Alexander; Travis Barker; James Bay; Justin Bieber; Jackson Browne; Luke Bryan; Gary Clark, Jr.; Andra Day; Diplo; Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh of the Eagles; Ellie Goulding; the Broadway cast of Hamilton; Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry of The Hollywood Vampires; Sam Hunt; Tori Kelly; Lady Gaga; Kendrick Lamar; John Legend; Little Big Town; Demi Lovato; Miguel, Pitbull; Bonnie Raitt; Rihanna; Skrillex; Chris Stapleton; Taylor Swift; Robin Thicke; Meghan Trainor; Carrie Underwood; and The Weeknd

Presenters: Cam, Stephen Colbert, Common, James Corden, Kaley Cuoco, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Ice Cube, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Anna Kendrick, Seth MacFarlane, Ryan Seacrest, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith

Earth, Wind & Fire receives 2016 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the late Maurice White will be honored by the band’s surviving members as they present the Grammy for Record Of The Year.

Glenn Frey of The Eagles will be honored when the late musician’s bandmates Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh join Jackson Browne to perform a classic Eagles’ hit.

Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor pay tribute to 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year Lionel Richie, who joins them to perform a special collaborative rendition of one of his all-time classics.

Lady Gaga performs a special tribute to the late David Bowie‘s music, artistry and unique creativity.

Special duet performances include James Bay and Tori Kelly, Andra Day and Ellie Goulding, and Sam Hunt with Carrie Underwood.

58th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEES (POPULAR CATEGORIES)

Album Of The Year:
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
1989 — Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

Record Of The Year:
“Really Love” — D’Angelo And The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd

Song Of The Year:
“Alright” — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blank Space” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush” — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
“See You Again” — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Best New Artist:
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Ship To Wreck” — Florence + The Machine
“Sugar” — Maroon 5
“Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood” — Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

Best Dance Recording:
“We’re All We Need” — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go” — The Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me” — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)” — Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now” — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

Best Rock Performance:
“Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes
“What Kind Of Man” — Florence + The Machine
“Something From Nothing” — Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s” — Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile” — Wolf Alice

Best Alternative Music Album:
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura — Björk
The Waterfall — My Morning Jacket
Currents — Tame Impala
Star Wars — Wilco

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Ego Death — The Internet
You Should Be Here — Kehlani
Blood — Lianne La Havas
Wildheart — Miguel
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

Best Rap Album:
2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole
Compton — Dr. Dre
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late — Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj

Best Country Album:
Montevallo — Sam Hunt
Pain Killer — Little Big Town
The Blade — Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material — Kacey Musgraves
Traveller — Chris Stapleton

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
My Favorite Things — Joey Alexander
Breathless — Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective
Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios — Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio
Beautiful Life — Jimmy Greene
Past Present — John Scofield

Best Gospel Album:
Destined To Win (Live) — Karen Clark Sheard
Living It — Dorinda Clark-Cole
One Place Live — Tasha Cobbs
Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe) — Israel & Newbreed
Life Music: Stage Two — Jonathan McReynolds

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Whatever The Road — Jason Crabb
How Can It Be — Lauren Daigle
Saints And Sinners — Matt Maher
This Is Not A Test — Tobymac
Love Ran Red — Chris Tomlin

Best Latin Pop Album:
Terral — Pablo Alborán
Healer — Alex Cuba
A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition) — Ricky Martin
Sirope — Alejandro Sanz
Algo Sucede — Julieta Venegas

Best Americana Album:
The Firewatcher’s Daughter — Brandi Carlile
The Traveling Kind — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Something More Than Free — Jason Isbell
Mono — The Mavericks
The Phosphorescent Blues — Punch Brothers

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
Blood On Snow (Jo Nesbø) — Patti Smith
Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks — Dick Cavett
A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety — Jimmy Carter
Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller) — Janis Ian & Jean Smart
Yes Please — Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Jeff Bhasker
Dave Cobb
Diplo
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

Best Music Film:
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown — James Brown
Sonic Highways — Foo Fighters
What Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina Simone
The Wall — Roger Waters
Amy — Amy Winehouse

Photo: Credit: Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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