Your Grammys 2016 FAQ: Everything You Need to Know
Kendrick Lamar has the most nominations, with 11
The biggest night in music is coming up — no, not Grease: Live! That was last month. It’s the 58th annual Grammy Awards! When should you tune in? Who is nominated? Who is going to be there? All these questions and more will be answered below as part of SPIN’s patented Frequently Asked Questions series. If you have any further questions, hit us up on Twitter or click here.
When are the Grammys?
Due to Presidents’ Day, the Grammy Awards will air on Monday, February 15 this year, with the broadcast starting at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. Unlike in previous years, the show will air live on the West Coast, so tune in at 5 p.m. PST to watch. The pre-telecast, during which they actually give out the vast majority of the awards, starts streaming at 3:30 p.m. EST from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Should I watch the pre-telecast?
Unless you deeply care about the nominees in the non-major awards, nah. It’s a slog. Comedian Jay Mohr, who is nominated for the Best Comedy Album Grammy for Happy. And a Lot is hosting, but they just have to get through so many awards that it’s not that fun to watch. Just turn on the TV when the red carpet coverage starts at 3 p.m. on the Grammy’s website if you’re into that.
What time does the red carpet coverage start?
Who has the most nominations?
Kendrick Lamar has the most nominations, and his masterpiece (and SPIN’s Album of the Year) To Pimp A Butterfly, is up for the coveted Album of the Year prize. He has 11 in total, including Best Rap Album, and his track “Alright” is up for Song of the Year, Best Rap Song, and Best Music Video. Taylor Swift and the Weeknd are tied for second, with seven nominations apiece.
Who has the least nominations?
Rita Ora is tied with roughly seven billion people worldwide for having the least number of Grammy nominations this year, as she is up for zero awards.
Who is going to win? Who should win? And who got snubbed?
How bad is it going to be if Kendrick Lamar gets robbed again?
Pretty bad. He may be one short of Michael Jackson’s record 12 nominations, but the Recording Academy has not yet been kind to the good kid, m.A.A.d city rapper. At least Macklemore won’t be onstage to make things worse this time.
Any ~special~ awards?
Run-DMC are getting a lifetime achievement award. Good for Run-DMC.
Who is going to perform?
Even though she’s not nominated, Adele will be performing. Other performers include Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar,the Weeknd, and Pitbull. Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, and Gary Clark Jr. will pay tribute to B.B. King, while Lady Gaga will honor the late David Bowie with a performance. Justin Bieber and Jack Ü will perform together as well.
Is Kanye West going to do something outlandish again?
Probably. Maybe. Who the f**k knows?
What time was the Super Bowl?
Last Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST. You missed it. The Broncos won. Beyoncé slayed.
Correction: An earlier version of this FAQ said the pre-telecast starts at 2:30 p.m. EST. It actually starts at 3:30 p.m. EST.