Grammys 2016: 10 things you need to know

Awards season will continue on Monday with the biggest night in music – the Grammys. With the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber confirmed to perform, and a number of A-Listers set to walk the red carpet at Los Angeles' Staples Center, it is sure to be a memorable evening.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the ceremony…


The 58th annual Grammy Awards will take place at 5pm (PT)/ 1am (GMT) on Monday 15 February.

LL Cool J will host the Grammys for the fifth time

The host:

LL Cool J will return to host the awards for the fifth year in a row, and has promised that viewers are in for a "spectacular show" in a recent interview with Studio Wrap.

The presenters:

A number of stars including Ariana Grande, James Corden, Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran are confirmed to present awards. Joining them on presenting duties are Sam Smith, Kaley Cuoco, Anna Kendrick and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

The performers:

Taylor Swift will open the show with a special performance

Taylor Swift will open the show with a performance from her Grammy-nominated album 1989. Her friend Ellie Goulding is also confirmed to take to the stage, as are Justin Bieber, Rihanna, The Weeknd and Adele – who will give her first performance at the awards since 2012.

Kendrick Lamar will also perform on the night, and host LL Cool J has revealed that the rapper is planning something "very controversial".

Lady Gaga's tribute to David Bowie:

Lady Gaga will perform a tribute to David Bowie

Lady Gaga will pay a special homage to the late David Bowie during the ceremony, and has even got a tattoo of David's alter ego Ziggy Stardust ahead of her performance – which is said to be an eight-minute "experimental tribute" to the iconic musician.

The awards:

A total of 83 awards will be handed out on the night, covering musical genres from pop, rock and R&B to Latin, comedy and spoken word recordings – the latter of which President Barack Obama has won in the past.

The nominees:

Kendrick Lamar has received 11 nominations

Kendrick Lamar leads the nominations with 11, including Album of the Year, Best Rap Album and Song of the Year. Following behind with seven nominations each are Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, while producer Max Martin has received the most nominations for a non-performing artist, with six Grammys nods for his work with artists Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.

Lionel Richie tribute:

After being named MusiCare's person of the year, Lionel Richie will be the subject of a special tribute performance from American singers Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Demi Lovato and Luke Bryan. He is also set to make an appearance on stage himself.

Kanye West is already practicing his speech:

Kanye West has been nominated for four awards

Kanye West has provided some of the most memorable moments in Grammys history after crashing the stage when both Taylor Swift and Beck were accepting awards, and 2016 could prove to be no exception.

The rapper, who has received four awards nominations, tweeted to say he is already preparing his Grammys acceptance speech.

"I'm practicing my Grammy Speech. I'm not going to the Grammys unless they promise me the Album of the Year!!!" he tweeted, adding: "I will have over 100 Grammys before I die."

Where to watch:

Unfortunately the Grammy's won't be aired live in the UK, but the full ceremony will be broadcast on 4Music at 8pm on Tuesday 16 January. Red carpet coverage will also be live-streamed on the official Grammys website.

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