Instead of the typical early morning press conference announcing the award nominees, the Grammys went out in style with a live concert presentation on CBS in primetime “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!” Hosted by LL Cool J, one of the stars of the CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles,” introduced at least one of the categories, other guests, and upcoming performers during the one-hour telecast. Not all categories were presented as there are nearly a hundred. One thing this special televised event wasn’t in short supply was the musical performances.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis opened the show with a rousing spectacle of their mega-hit “Thrift Shop.” Later it was followed by a satellite performance in Australia from Taylor Swift and Katy Perry in Toronto, Canada at some intimate setting. 17-year-old pop sensation from New Zealand Lorde gave a stirring performance of “Royals” that was a refreshing change of pace. Closing out the show, without Miley Cyrus, was Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” with special guests -- Earth, Wind & Fire.
The four major categories of Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Record of the Year were announced, along with best pop duo/group performance and best country album. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis received the most nominations during the broadcast in all four main categories. The 56th Grammy Awards will be presented live on Sunday, January 26 on CBS. Check out all of the Grammy nominees in this complete list.