Just a few minutes to go, everybody, and if you’ve been following the news you know you’re in for a heap of A-list performances. Whose are you looking forward to most?
Our host, LL Cool J, is ready. It's show time!
The first family of American music, Jay-Z and Beyonce, are opening the show. I wonder if Blue Ivy Carter is watching. Blue Ivy, go get your sippy cup — It’s almost go time!
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Welcome to the first hour of the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards! In case you missed it, earlier today The Recording Academy hosted the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, during which 72 awards were announced. Don't worry if you did miss it — it's available on demand at GRAMMY.com/live for the next 30 days.
But because you're watching the GRAMMYs, we're going to bring you some of the highlights right here during and after the show. So keep your eyes peeled on both your screens!
Off we go -- this is “Drunk in Love,” off Beyonce’s 2013 self-titled ambush-attack album. She may be a mama, but Beyonce clearly has not lost touch with her sexy side.
This is Beyonce’s first live television appearance since the release of her surprise album in December.
... And clearly she's ready for it. Looking smoking amid the smoke in those fishnets.
“Drunk in Love” got tongues wagging for the line about waking up in the kitchen after what we can only assume must have been quite a night. Is Beyonce over-sharing with that lyric? TMI? Or do we always want to know more, pretty much, when it comes to Beyonce and Jay-Z?
Quite a few double entendres in this tune …
Jay-Z has won 16 GRAMMYS, his wife 17. She’s 32, he’s 44. Do you suppose they’re comparing? Competing? Keeping track?
As the song says, they’re on fire. They be all night.
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Well, Jay & Bey nailed it. And if Jay-Z feels anything other than happy to be here — he IS up for nine GRAMMYs tonight, including Best Rap Album for “Magna Carta” — he doesn’t show it. Smooth operator, that guy.
Here he is, our host, looking like he was born to emcee. Dapper as ever. Eye-twinkle in place.
This is LL's third year GRAMMY hosting.
Daft Punk have shined up their helmets for the occasion
Taylor Swift, in the audience, in a chain mail dress!
… in addition to all that charm, LL doesn’t waste time. We’re about to find out who’s going to take home Best New Artist, courtesy of our first pair of superstar presenters, Anna Kendrick and Pharrell. My money’s on Lorde, what about yours?
And tonight's first award -- big huge one! -- goes to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The Staples Center ceiling can't hold them!
Humble acceptance speech. Was that a park ranger hat Pharrell was wearing?
Lorde has pretty much owned the spotlight since her debut album “Pure Heroine” came out in September. And face it: there’s no way you can begrudge her the attention. She’s 17! And a marvel.