Silk Sonic Grammys

The headlines around the Grammys have at times overshadowed what will be happening on the show itself. But this year, just a week following Will Smiths smack heard ‘round the world, a large audience is expected to tune into the typically unpredictable Grammys wondering what might come next.

It’s live television. Anything can happen and usually does,” Jack Sussman, CBS’ executive vice president of specials, music and live events, told Variety earlier this week. “We’ll be ready.”

Confirmed performers for the 64th annual Grammys which will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday at 7 p.m. CT — include Olivia Rodrigo, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Silk Sonic, BTS, Jon Batiste, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, J Balvin with Maria Becerra and more, including Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar and Giveon.

Until early January, the Grammys were moving full speed ahead for an originally scheduled date of Jan. 31 at their longtime home of the Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center) in Los Angeles. But then came the omicron variant, and sources say several nominated artists told organizers that they didn’t feel comfortable performing.

This year’s show follows 2021’s unprecedented show, which also was originally scheduled for Jan. 31 with a full house, but ultimately had to be scaled down to a tastefully intimate, mostly outdoors ceremony in March at the L.A. Convention Center — with an audience consisting only of performers, presenters, crew and a handful of guests.

The move to Las Vegas was due to the nearly two-week venue lockout required to setup the show, something the busy Los Angeles sports arena couldn’t accommodate until June. The organizers found that long delay unacceptable and made the decision to move 270 miles east, to the moderately smaller MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which has been home to the Latin Grammys for many years.

Batiste leads this year’s nominations with 11 and they’re all in different categories. If he wins all 11, he will hold the record, which had been previously held by Michael Jackson and Santanna, who both won eight.

Doja Cat and H.E.R. each have eight nominations.

Although he has been banned from performing because of his questionable behavior towards his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, Kanye West has been nominated for five awards, including two in the album of the year category. With 22 awards, he could surpass JAY-Z’s record for 23 wins for a hip-hop artist.

Below are some of the top categories to check out at this year’s Grammy Awards.

 Record of the Year

I Still Have Faith In You, ABBA

Freedom, Jon Batiste

I Get A Kick Out Of You, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Peaches, Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

Right On Time, Brandi Carlile

Kiss Me More, Doja Cat Featuring SZA

Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish

Montero, (Call Me By Your Name), Lil Nas X

Drivers License, Olivia Rodrigo

Leave The Door Open, Silk Sonic

Song of the Year

Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran

A Beautiful Noise,” Alicia Keys Featuring Brandi Carlile

drivers license,” Olivia Rodrigo

Fight For You,” H.E.R.

Happier Than Ever,” Billie Eilish

Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat Featuring SZA

Leave The Door Open,” Silk Sonic

Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X

Peaches,” Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

Right On Time,” Brandi Carlile

Album of the Year

We Are, Jon Batiste

Love For Sale, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe), Justin Bieber

Planet Her (Deluxe), Doja Cat

Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish

Back Of My Mind, H.E.R.

Montero, Lil Nas X

Sour, Olivia Rodrigo

Evermore, Taylor Swift

Donda, Kanye West

Best New Artist

Arooj Aftab

Jimmie Allen

Baby Keem

FINNEAS

Glass Animals

Japanese Breakfast

The Kid Laroi

Arlo Parks

Olivia Rodrigo

Saweetie

Best Rap Album

The Off-Season, J. Cole

Certified Lover Boy, Drake

King’s Disease 2, Nas

Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler, the Creator

Donda, Kanye West

Best Rap Performance

Family Ties,” Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar

Up,” Cardi B

My Life,” J. Cole, 21 Savage & Morray

Way Too Sexy,” Drake, Future, Young Thug

Thot S***” Megan Thee Stallion

Best Rap Song

Bath Salts,” DMX, Jay-Z, Nas

Best Friend,” Saweetie, Doja Cat

Family Ties,” Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar

Jail,” Kanye West, Jay-Z

My Life,” J. Cole, 21 Savage & Morray

Best R&B Performance

Lost You,” Snoh Aalegra

Peaches,” Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon

Damage,” H.E.R.

Leave The Door Open,” Silk Sonic

Pick Up Your Feelings,” Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Song

Damage,” H.E.R.

Good Days,” SZA

Heartbreak Anniversary,” Giveon

Leave The Door Open,” Silk Sonic

Pick Up Your Feelings,” Jazmine Sullivan

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