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The Grammys may not be the place for hijinks, spoofs, and twerking, but it's usually one heck of a show. Musicians care about it because their peers vote for the winners. Music fans love the program because it assembles the biggest names in the business.
The 56th ceremony goes down at the Staple's Center in Los Angeles and broadcasts live on CBS on Sunday at 8 p.m.
Here are the half-dozen big things you can expect to see:
1. The Best and Sometimes Unexpected Collaborations
The Grammys is known for getting the cool kids to together, and the lineup is great this year. Who doesn't love when pop power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé performs together? Question is, Will they sing their album track on Jay's Magna Carta Holy Grail or their racy hit single "Drunk in Love" from Beyoncé? Will Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder's teaming include a 1970's disco flashback, considering Chic member Nile Rogers is a co-writer of "Get Lucky"? And which song from Chicago's Grammy Hall of Fame entry Chicago Transit Authority will the band mesh with Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"? We can't wait to find out. These pairing are always incredible.
2. A Tamer Red Carpet?
Days before last year's show, the Grammys issued a memo, requiring attendees to adhere to a new strict dress code that banned exposed cleavage and "buttock crack[s]." To the delight of the internet, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry, instead, played by the old rules, showing up in revealing outfits that joined the ranks of red carpet hall of famers, J. Lo's famous green, navel cut Versace dress, Lil Kim's pasty covered breast jumpsuit, and Toni Braxton's 2001, white Richard Tyler that left little to the imagination. But the fashion bad girls Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus aren't nominated. So will Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry provoke double takes?
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3. A Very Special Tribute
With the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first US appearance just weeks away, we can only imagine what the Grammys have planned for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr when they accept the group's Life Time Achievement Award honor.
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4. A Potential Controversial Acceptance Speech
The Grammys isn't the show known for wild antics, however, anything can happen. Lorde has probably already been placed on the watch list. The 17-year-old "Royals" singer will be performing and is up for four awards, including two of the night's big ones, song and record of the year. But she's bit of a loose cannon that has dissed many of her contemporaries, including Nicki Minaj, Drake, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears. Let's see if she's on good behavior.
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5. Touching Memorial to Late Greats
Even with all of the excitement, a somber moment is always inevitable. The Grammy organization prides itself on extending the sweetest gesture to the trailblazers we lost over the past year. Unfortunately, there were many this past year, including, but not limited to, Phil Everly, Lou Reed, Phil Ramone, George Duke, Patti Page, George Jones and Richie Havens.
6. The Show Will Be in Good Hands
This year will mark LL Cool J's third year hosting the telecast. LL, who has the right balance of humor and evenness, impressed in 2012 with his delicate handling of the ceremony that went live the day following Whitney Houston's death. Though his 2013 closing set with Travis Barker, Chuck D, Tom Morello, DJ Z- was a bit long and awkward, we have nothing but respect for Ladies Love Cool James.
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