Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange.” The soft-spoken Ocean says instead of employing the old trick of picturing everyone naked, he prefers to think of the crowd as little kids playing fancy dress-up.
9:05 Justin Time?
Justin Timberlake returns to the Grammy stage and music and performs his new single “Suit & Tie” in front of a big band and with a little help from Jay-Z.
8:55 Capt. Jack Sparrow Loves Mumford & Sons
And so does Taylor Swift, judging by heartily she is singing along with their performance of “I Will Wait.”
8:50 Song of the Year
“We Are Young,” Fun. Singer Nate Ruess jokes that they are not, in fact, young and talks about how they’ve been doing this for 12 years. They thank their families for seeing them through the lean times.
8:42 Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away.”
8:39 Miguel and the Wiz
Grammy winner tonight Miguel and Wiz Khalifa sing the silky smooth “Adorn.”
8:33 Dierks and Miranda
That would be contemporary country stars Bentley and Lambert, who are currently on tour together, team up for a his and hers duet. His is “Home” and hers is “Over You.” The pair play Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester March 3.
8:23 Fun. Fun? Fun!
Fun., who came into the night with six nominations perform their hit “Carry On” under a shower of celebratory(?) rain. Perhap that explains the floods that singer Nate Ruess is wearing.
8:20 Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain” (Live version) She says she just wanted to come be part of the night since she loved last year, “obviously.”
8:10 Captain Fantastic & the Red-haired cowboy
Elton John and Ed Sheeran come on for our first collaboration of the night, performing Sheeran’s winsome nominated song “The A Team.”
8:05 p.m. LL Cool Host
“NCIS: Los Angeles” star and Grammy winner his own self LL Cool J reminisces about how watching the Grammys and Michael Jackson’s big win inspired him to go after his own dreams. He eschews the comical monologue approach and goes the earnest route instead. It suits him. (He says he gave his Grammys to his grammy and they show a sweet picture of her.)
8 p.m. Welcome to the Big Top
Taylor Swift kicks off the show with a busy, colorful, circus-themed performance of her nominated song “We Are Never Getting Back Together.”
The 55th Grammy Awards are being handed out live tonight at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Celebrating the year in music, many artists scored multiple nominations including Fun., the Black Keys, Frank Ocean, and Mumford & Sons.
Among those slated to perform are Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert, Ed Sheeran & Elton John, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Sting and, in a special tribute to Levon Helm of the Band, Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.
Who will win big? Who will dazzle the audience? Who will give a memorable acceptance speech?
We’ll be live-blogging the results here starting at 8 p.m. Join us, won’t you?