Macklemore performs during the Grammy Nominations Concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2013.
Macklemore performs during the Grammy Nominations Concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2013. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

January has been a big month for actors with various award shows honoring those in both television and film. But now it's the music industry's turn with the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.

LL Cool J will return to host the industry's biggest award show that has now become an A-list concert with John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Katy Perry and Robin Thicke among the hefty list of performers.

 

Not only will this be the first time hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform on the show, they are also up for seven awards including best new artist, album of the year and best rap album for “The Heist,” and song of the year for “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert.

The night the nominations were announced, the hip-hop group performed at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert in Los Angeles where Macklemore told the crowd: “We just got nominated for song of the year for ‘Same Love,' I never thought I would say that out loud so thank you to everyone who has supported us this past year.”

 

Six-time Grammy award winner Justin Timberlake also has seven nominations for the evening including best pop vocal album for “The 20/20 Experience” and best pop solo performance for “Mirrors.” But he was shut out of the top awards of the night: album, song and record of the year.

Another familiar face is seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift who will have four chances to add to her impressive collection. Swift is offering Macklemore some competition in the race for album of the year for “Red.” She's also up for best country album, best country duo/group performance for “Highway Don't Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, and best country song for “Begin Again.”

 

Stevie Wonder is also expected to join Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams for a performance while Robin Thicke — who is nominated for record of the year, best pop duo/group performance for “Blurred Lines” and best pop vocal album for “Blurred Lines” — will join Chicago on stage. Williams also has seven nominations.

Only days before the Beatles' 50th anniversary of their performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the band will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. In honor of the special occasion, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will reunite for a performance during the show.

 

There is also speculation that hip-hop's royal couple, Jay Z and Beyonce, will be performing together, but they have yet to be added to the official lineup. Jay Z also leads the pack with nine nominations.

Closing out the show with a grand finale will be Nine Inch Nails along with Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac.



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