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Taylor Swift has received seven nominations at the Grammys 2016 awards ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

The Hollywood Hills will soon come alive with the sound of music as the Grammys 2016 are coming to town on 15 February. The biggest night in music will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where the hottest acts dominating pop will perform and those whose music has made an impact over the past year will be celebrated.

Hip hop legend LL Cool J will do the honours of hosting the awards ceremony for the fifth time consecutively but the Grammys are making a huge change elsewhere. The awards will be held on a Monday for the first time in history, reportedly to take full advantage of the US Presidents' Day long weekend – and possibly to avoid the clash with Valentine's Day.

As the most prestigious event in the music calendar prepares to get under way, IBTimes UK takes a look at what viewers can expect from the Grammys.


Rapper Kendrick Lamar is hotly tipped to walk away as the big winner of the night, with the Compton star receiving 11 nominations, including album of the year for his third LP, To Pimp A Butterfly, and song of the year for his politically charged Alright.

Following Lamar with seven nominations each are Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. Swift, 25, is up for record of the year with Blank Space and best pop solo performance, while r'n'b singer The Weeknd is hoping to bag the album of the year for Beauty Behind The Madness and best r'n'b performance for his 50 Shades Of Grey soundtrack number, Earned It.

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Kendrick Lamar is up for 11 nominations at the Grammys 2016 Mike Coppola/Getty


The Grammys could possibly have the most exciting line-up in years with an ever-growing host of performances in store. Those confirmed so far include Adele with When We Were Young and Justin Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex singing their floor-filler Where Are U Now.

Other performers include Swift, Lamar, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Little Big Town, Alabama Shakes and Miguel. Group performances will come from Pitbull, Robin Thicke and Travis Barker; Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt; Ellie Goulding and Andra Day; Tori Kelly and James Bay; and the cast of Hamilton.

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Rihanna is expected to perform her new single Work at the Grammys 2016 Christopher Polk/Getty for DirecTV


The Grammys will commemorate the musicians who have died over the past 12 months with a series of tribute performances. Lady Gaga will lead the tribute to David Bowie, while the Hollywood Vampires will remember Motorhead's Lemmy with a performance of As Bad As I Am. Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr and Bonnie Raitt will join forces to pay respects to BB King, while the Eagles' Bernie Leadon will tribute his bandmate Glenn Frey with the help of Jackson Browne.

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Lady Gaga will tribute David Bowie at the Grammys 2016 Getty

Lionel Richie homage

With almost 50 years under his belt and still going strong, the All Night Long hitmaker continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. It is no surprise the 66-year-old has been named MusiCares person of the year for 2016, which will include a musical tribute from Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, John Legend and Luke Bryan.

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Lionel Richie will be honoured at the Grammys 2016 as MusiCares person of the year FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images

Gwen Stefani music video

The No Doubt singer will be making Grammys history by filming a music video live during the awards ceremony. The Voice coach will shoot the visuals for her new single, Make Me Like You, during a four-minute advert break before then being screened when the awards resume.

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Gwen Stefani will film the music video for her new single Make Me Like You live at the Grammys 2016 Richard Chapin Downs Jr./Getty Images for Global Citizen


A batch of familiar faces will be gracing the stage to present awards, with those confirmed to do the honours including Stephen Colbert, Common, James Corden, Kaley Cuoco, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Ice Cube, O'Shea Jackson, Anna Kendrick, Seth MacFarlane, Ryan Seacrest, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

Taylor Swift dancing in the front row

We all know it is bound to happen as it does every year. Shake a leg, Swift.

Taylor Swift dancing

Where to watch the Grammys 2016

Viewers at home can catch the Grammys 2016 on CBS at 8pm ET.