The biggest names in music are gearing up to battle it out at the Grammys –.and it's all change this year.
After criticism was levelled at the awards show for nominating just one female artist in the Album of the Year category (Lorde’s Melodrama), the Recording Academy decided to expand the four biggest Grammys categories – album, record, song of the year and best new artist – from five to eight nominees.
They have also reportedly taken steps to diversify the Grammys voting body, nominating more women and people of colour to join as well as asking long term members to re-apply.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 61st Grammy Awards.
When are the Grammys?
The Grammys will take place on Sunday February 10, starting at 5pm PST or 1am in the UK.
Though 2018’s ceremony shook things up a little by decamping to Madison Square Gardens in New York City, it’s business as usual for this year, with the star-studded bash returning to its long-term venue, the Staples Centre in California.
Who is nominated?
Kendrick Lamar has put in a strong showing with eight nominations, including nods in the coveted Album and Song of the Year categories. He’ll have competition from Drake, who was nominated in both those categories for Scorpion and God’s Plan respectively.
Cardi B and Childish Gambino have also picked up five nominations each, with Cardi becoming the third ever female rapper to be nominated for Album of the Year.
As if her success on the film awards circuit wasn’t enough, Lady Gaga has also managed to pick up Record of the Year and Song of the Year nominations for Shallow, the standout track from Oscar-nominated A Star Is Born.
Rapper Mac Miller has also received a posthumous nomination - his first ever Grammys nod - in the best rap album category, for Swimming. The late star, who died in September, will be up against Cardi B, Nipsey Husle, Pusha T and Travis Scott.
Though Taylor Swift’s Reputation was snubbed for Album of the Year, the star did manage to pick up a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Dua Lipa and Jorja Smith are among the British stars hoping to make an impression at the ceremony.
Who won at last year's ceremony?
The 2018 bash was a huge night for Bruno Mars, who scooped both Album and Song of the Year, and Lamar, who took home trophies for Best Music Video and Best Rap Album.
Alessia Cara was the only female artist to take a major prize on the night, winning the Best Newcomer gong.
Who is performing?
As ever, the Grammys have lined up some of the music industry’s biggest stars for special performances. This year’s confirmed acts include Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae and Kacey Musgroves.
Will there be any special tributes at this year’s ceremony?
Former Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner Diana Ross is set to revisit some of her greatest hits at the 2019 ceremony to mark her 75th birthday.
The Recording Academy will also be celebrating another musical icon, Dolly Parton, on the night, with a special tribute segment featuring Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry performing some of her best-loved music.
Plus, Parton herself will return to the Grammys stage for the first time since 2001 to perform music from the soundtrack to Netflix’s Dumplin’.
Who is hosting the Grammys?
Alicia Keys will be making her hosting debut as the Grammy’s official master of ceremonies. Announcing the news last month, the musician said that she was eager to give back “to all the young women nominated.”
Her first high profile presenting gig comes after comedian and Late Late Show host James Corden’s two-year stint as the Grammys’ host.
How can I watch the Grammys in the UK?
Sadly, no UK broadcasters will be televising this year’s Grammys, but US channel CBS will be streaming the show online on their CBS All Access service. E! will also cover the red carpet ahead of the main event.
YouTube TV and Playstation Vue subscribers will also be able to watch the ceremony, which will also be streamed live on the Recording Academy’s Facebook page.