Music’s biggest night is almost upon us — and from the pre-show red carpet to the acceptance speeches and slew of big name performances, there will be plenty to keep fans entertained. Classic artists like Led Zeppelin and Nirvana are up for prestigious awards, and new favorites like Kendrick Lamar and Lorde will be on hand to see if they’re honored with the evening’s top prizes. Will you be tuning in? If so, here are some things to keep an eye out for.
1. Exciting surprise appearances
The Grammys awards show has often been the setting for headline-making appearances and performances. This year, there’s been some buzz about surprise artists popping up on stage. Madonna, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z have been rumored; so, too, have Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who are set to receive the night’s Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and reunite later in the week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. If any of these music icons do end up being a part of the show, their performances are sure to be memorable.
2. Exciting confirmed performances
But even if we don’t end up seeing any surprise guests, the night is packed with performances. Music lovers of all genres can tune in Sunday night to see collaborations and performances that could go down in Grammy history. Daft Punk will collaborate with Motown legend Stevie Wonder. Metallica is set to team up with Lang Lang. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, Pink, Nate Ruess, and Lorde will perform the songs that earned them Grammy nominations. The evening will end with a performance by Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham. And those are only some of the performers scheduled to appear.
3. Will Lorde be Grammys royalty?
One of the most talked-about musicians of 2013 was Lorde, the 17-year-old New Zealand native whose Pure Heroine album was a hit with fans and critics. She’s up for four Grammy awards — Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance for her song “Royals.” Some were surprised that she didn’t snag a coveted Best New Artist nomination. But regardless, she may end up being crowned a pop princess if her other four nods earn her gold statues.
4. Who will take home the top prizes?
There are some big names up for the night’s biggest awards. Some, like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Daft Punk have been around for years. Others, like Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, just recently burst onto the scene. Will the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences hand off the Record, Song, and Album of the year to the newcomers? Will Daft Punk become the first EDM group to win Album of the Year? We’ll be watching to see who takes home Grammy gold Sunday night.