Back to normal is the theme of the 2023 Grammy Awards, after a few years of COVID-19-related shifts in dates and locations.
The 65th annual ceremony returns Sunday to its longtime home of Crypto.com Arena (formerly the Staples Center) in downtown Los Angeles.
This year’s ceremony boasts the usual starry array of performers – Bad Bunny, Lizzo and Brandi Carlile among them – as well as a slate of musicians who could make Grammy history, led by Beyoncé. With a leading nine nominations, the R&B-pop superstar needs four wins to become the biggest Grammy winner of all time.
But we know you have questions about the basics. So from the top nominees to the performance lineup, here's everything you need to know going into this year's ceremony.
What time are the Grammy Awards?
Sunday's show airs live on CBS (and streams on Paramount+) at 8 EST/5 PST. Only about 10 of Sunday's 91 awards are doled out during the performance-heavy telecast.
Fans can tune into the Premiere Ceremony pre-show at 3:30 EST/12:30 PST for the presentation of the remaining awards. This year’s early event – held at the Microsoft Theater in LA – is hosted by Randy Rainbow and features performances by Blind Boys of Alabama and Samara Joy. The Premiere Ceremony streams on the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel and live.grammy.com.
How can I watch the Grammys red carpet?
This year, the Recording Academy is expanding its online content to offer alternative camera views during the telecast, the Premiere Ceremony and the "Live from the Red Carpet" livestream, scheduled to begin at 6 EST/3 PST on live.grammy.com. E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" special also begins at 6 EST/3 PST.
Who’s performing at the Grammys?
While there are always some surprises – can we still hope for a Beyoncé or Adele sighting on stage? – the scheduled lineup of heavy-hitter performers includes Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Chris Stapleton, Smokey Robinson, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Lizzo and Sam Smith and Kim Petras.
This year’s In Memorium segment also offers star wattage as Kacey Musgraves performs “Coal Miner’s Daughter” in a tribute to Loretta Lynn; Sheryl Crow teams with Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt to honor Christine McVie with “Songbird”; and Maverick City Music joins Migos’ Quavo to pay homage to the group’s Takeoff.
Who’s presenting at the Grammys?
First lady Jill Biden is among the surprising names on the presenter list. She’ll be joined by Cardi B, James Corden, Billy Crystal, Viola Davis (who is trying for an EGOT), Olivia Rodrigo, Shania Twain and Dwayne Johnson.
Who has the most Grammy nominations?
Beyoncé leads the field with nine, including album of the year for “Renaissance.” She'll vie in that category with Adele (“30”), who earned seven nominations. Hip-hop mastermind Kendrick Lamar scored eight nods for his first album in five years, “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers”), and Americana darling Brandi Carlile is in the running for seven awards.
Which artists got snubbed for this year’s Grammys?
Kanye West could have been locked in a battle with Jay-Z for the most-awarded rapper, but his work from “Donda 2” was roundly ignored.
Other big names we expected to see include Carrie Underwood, whose album “Denim & Rhinestones” and single “Ghost Story” received no nominations; Ed Sheeran, whose fifth album, “Equals,” boasted some of his finest work, including “The Joker and the Queen”; Demi Lovato, whose “Holy Fv--" is the most potent album of her career; Nicki Minaj, who complained to the Recording Academy that she wanted her hit “Super Freaky Girl” submitted in the rap categories, not pop, but wound up getting blanked; and last year’s Grammy darling, Jon Batiste, who won five out of a staggering 11 nominations in 2022 but was overlooked this season.
Who’s hosting the Grammys?
Trevor Noah, recently retired from his seven years steering Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will return for his third stint as host. It’s the first “normal” Grammys for Noah, who navigated a hybrid event in 2021 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the hastily rescheduled ceremony at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena last year.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Grammys 2023: How to watch, who's performing and who might win