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Grammy Awards 2020: When does it start, who’s nominated and how do I watch the ceremony live?



The 62nd annual Grammy Awards take place tonight (Sunday 26 January) in the US, at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. 

Some of the biggest stars in the music industry will attend the ceremony, while a number of others are performing live, including Run-DMC and Aerosmith, Camila Cabello, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Lil Nas X and Billy Rae Cyrus, BTS, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. 

Leading the nominations this year is popstar Lizzo, who is up for awards in all four of the major categories: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey follow close behind, while Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi is one of the few British acts nominated, for Song of the Year, for his mega-hit “Someone You Loved”. 


This year’s Grammys will be hosted once again by Alica Keys.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the ceremony:

Which artists, albums and songs are eligible – and who votes for them? 

Each Grammy winner is voted for by members of the Recording Academy, comprised from musicians, producers, engineers and other industry professionals. They are asked to vote on quality alone, and not be influenced by sales, chart performance, personal friendships or loyalty to record labels. 

The music must have been released between 1 October 2018 and 31 August 2019 to be eligible for consideration for the 2020 Grammys.

How can I watch the ceremony?

The Grammys kick off in the evening in LA, meaning 1am in the UK on Monday 27 January. 

Unfortunately, the ceremony is not broadcast in the UK, but you can watch the full livestream on CBS All Access – a paid service that offers a seven-day free trial. 

You can also watch via YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV, or across the Grammys’ and CBS social media platforms. 

Click through the gallery to see the best-ever Grammys fashion moments:

Follow the Grammys on social media here:

Facebook @RecordingAcademy

Twitter @GRAMMYs_2019

Instagram @recordingacademy

Finally, who’s going to win?

Lizzo and Billie Eilish seem like the two biggest frontrunners, given the success of their singles but also the critical acclaim for their respective albums, unlike Lil Nas X, whose own debut received disappointed reviews following his smash single “Old Town Road”. 

Read our predictions here.

The Independent will be liveblogging the ceremony, so you can follow all the latest news, comment and reaction.



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