A concert by the biggest stars in music, for the biggest stars in music—and you’re invited.
The 2017 Grammy Awards are already promising to be the biggest and best party of the year. Hosted by The Late Late Show’s James Corden and featuring performances from Katy Perry, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Daft Punk, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Metallica, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, A Tribe Called Quest, and the queen herself, an expectant Beyoncé, there is no chance this party won’t be something to write home about.
Airing live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Feb. 12, coverage of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards will begin at 3 p.m. ET with red carpet arrivals and the award show will start at 8 p.m. ET.
In addition to being a massive VIP concert for the biggest names in music right now, the three-and-a-half-hour musical bonanza will involve naming winners in 84 categories, from Song of the Year to Best Improvised Jazz Solo.
But the biggest stars of this year’s Grammy Awards will be—as expected—Queen Bey, Rihanna, and Adele, who are nominated for nine, eight, and five awards, respectively.
Other big names include Twenty One Pilots (five nods, including Record of the Year), Drake (eight nods, including Album of the Year), and Justin Bieber (four nods, including Album of the Year).
Justin Bieber’s Album of the Year nom is big enough surprise on its own, but the news Bieb’s Purpose got more recognition than Kanye’s The Life of Pablo is downright shocking. Granted, Yeezy still snagged eight nominations, but none were in major fields.
Another major snub was David Bowie’s “Lazarus,” the lead single from the music legend’s last album Blackstar, thought to be an obvious contender for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Notably, aside from the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, Bowie only won a single Grammy—for the 1985 “Jazzin’ for Blue Jean” music video. The recently departed singer-songwriter still has four chances for a posthumous Grammy for Blackstar, including Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album, but overlooking “Lazarus” is still a major question mark for Bowie fans.
Noms for Best New Artist include country-pop sensation Kelsea Ballerini, Chance the Rapper (who nabbed a six other nods as well), Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, and The Chainsmokers.
Also notable, the Recording Academy—who oversees the Grammys—announced in June that streaming-only music could be nominated for awards. This change means artists like Chance the Rapper, whose streaming-album Coloring Book was the first to make the Billboard 200, is eligible.
Unfortunately, the cut off date for the 2017 Grammys means that some major album releases, such as Lady Gaga’s Joanne, The Weeknd’s Starboy, and Bruno Mars’s 24K Magic, won’t be under consideration. But with Lady Gaga’s blowout Super Bowl LI performance, there’s little doubt she’ll receive multiple nods next year.
In addition to the slew of awards handed out for 2016’s best singles, albums, and musical performances, the Recording Academy will honor Nina Simone, Sly Stone, The Velvet Underground, and others with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
On Sunday night viewers will have the opportunity to watch some of this generation’s legendary performers show off their mastery on stage and accept awards for another year of excellent music making.
Tune in for for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday Feb. 12, beginning with the red carpet at 5:30 p.m. ET, followed by the main event at 8 p.m. ET.
How to Live Stream the 2017 Grammy Awards
Coverage of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards will begin at 3 p.m. ET with red carpet arrivals, but the main awards show won’t begin until prime time—8 p.m. ET.