The 58th annual Grammy Awards are upon us.From the fashion and musical performances to special tributes and big-name nominees, here’s what to look out for on the biggest night in music.
1. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar has a chance to make Grammy history on Monday night, if he becomes the first rapper to take home the Song of the Year award for Alright.
Lamar, the year’s most-nominated artist with 11 nods, is also performing during the ceremony.
2. Tributes galore
Members of the Eagles will pay tribute to guitarist and co-founder Glenn Frey, who passed away last month at age 67. Former bandmates Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh will play alongside with singer and songwriter Jackson Browne. They will perform the Eagles’ classic Take it Easy.
Lady Gaga will join legendary producer Nile Rodgers in a tribute to David Bowie, who died on Jan. 10 after a long battle with cancer. The tribute will cover at least three or four Bowie songs and last about six or seven minutes, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich told Billboard.
Rodgers, who worked with Bowie on hit song “Let’s Dance,” tweeted early Friday morning: “Great day rehearsing @TheGRAMMYs #DavidBowieTribute.”
Country music star Chris Stapleton will also be joined by Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. in a tribute to legendary blues musician B.B. King.
3. Canadians up for awards
Toronto R&B artist The Weeknd is up for seven awards and will be performing at this year’s show, while city favourite Drake got five Grammy nods.
Justin Bieber is nominated in the best dance recording category (for “Where Are Ü Now,” his song with Skrillex and Diplo) and will also take the stage to perform.
Other Canadian notables up for Grammy’s this year include Caribou (best dance/electronic album) and Alex Cuba (best Latin pop album).
4. Big-name performances
Fresh off the record-breaking success of her latest album 25, Adele will make her first Grammy appearance since 2012 when she performs on Monday.
Other big names expected to take the Grammy stage include Taylor Swift, who will kick off the show, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Pitbull and others.
The cast of the Broadway show Hamilton will also perform via live satellite feed from New York. The Grammy’s are being held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
5. An unlikely supergroup
Alice Cooper formed the band “The Hollywood Vampires” late last year. The group – composed of Cooper, actor Johnny Depp, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses – will also perform at the show.
The band will play a tribute song to Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, who died late last year, and a brand new song, “As Bad as I Am.”
“We started this band as a means to toast our ‘dead drunk friends’ at the Rainbow, all the ghosts in the bar, and now I guess Lemmy is involved in that, too,” Cooper recently told Rolling Stone magazine.
Rapper and actor LL Cool J will host the 58th annual Grammy Awards, which air Monday Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.