What time are the 2016 Grammy Awards? A show primer

It’s music’s biggest night once again: The 58th Grammy Awards will take place Monday, jumping from the usual Sunday-night time slot to bestow numerous gilded gramophones on the industry’s creme de la creme.

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As usual, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences holds two ceremonies: the pre-telecast ceremony, where approximately 70 of the some 80 awards are handed out and the main telecast ceremony where splashy performances take place and the winners in the major, more general categories are revealed.


This year’s pre-telecast ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. PST. It will be streamed live on and  

The main event, which takes place across the way at Staples Center, will air on CBS from 5 to 8:30 p.m. PST.


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Rapper, “NCIS: Los Angeles” star and two-time Grammy Award winner LL Cool J will head up the telecast for the fifth consecutive year.

Actor-comedian Jay Mohr, who’s up for a Grammy in the comedy album category, will host the pre-telecast ceremony.


Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations, pop darling Taylor Swift trails him with seven nominations, and R&B star the Weeknd is up for seven as well. All three performers have nominations sprinkled throughout three of the big four categories, with all three going up against country group Alabama Shakes and singer Chris Stapleton in the album of the year category.

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The Grammy Awards’ unexpected collaborations often make more headlines than the winners do, and this year is no exception. Here’s what to expect from the main event:

  • Seven-time nominee Swift will open the show with a track from her nominated album, “1989.”
  • Four-time nominees Alabama Shakes, jazz artist and two-time nominee Joey Alexander and two-time nominee Miguel are also set to take the stage.
  • “Hello” songstress and 10-time Grammy winner Adele will return to the stage after four years, performing a track from her latest album, “25.”
  • Lady Gaga will perform a tribute to the late David Bowie.
  • Lead nominee Kendrick Lamar, who has two Grammys already and 11 nods this year, will take the stage.
  • Country crooners and two-time nominees Little Big Town will perform.
  • The Weeknd will make his Grammy Awards stage debut.
  • A series of collaborations featuring Grammy newcomers will feature nominees James Bay and Tori Kelly; nominees Andra Day and Ellie Goulding; and nominee Sam Hunt with seven-time winner and current nominee Carrie Underwood.
  • Album of the year contender Stapleton will pay tribute to legendary blues artist B.B. King with Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt.
  • Country singer Luke Bryan, R&B crooner John Legend and pop stars Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor will perform a tribute to Lionel Richie, MusiCares’ person of the year.
  • Broadway will return to the Grammys after a five-year hiatus thanks to the cast of the Grammy-nominated musical “Hamilton.” Lin-Manual and the cast will perform a number via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.
  • Justin Bieber will join collaborators Diplo and Skrillex as they perform their Grammy-nominated song, “Where Are Ü Now.”
  • The late Glenn Frey will be honored with a special tribute by his Eagles bandmates Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh and close friend and collaborator Jackson Browne.
  • Nominee Pitbull will take the stage with Travis Barker, Robin Thicke and some surprise guests.
  • Alice Cooper will join Johnny Depp and Joe Perry as they make their TV debut as the Hollywood Vampires.


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