Grammy Awards 2024 – Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, SZA and Joni Mitchell will star at the ceremony

Whisper it quietly…but could the Grammy Awards get it right this year?

The ceremony, which takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday, is famous for scoring own goals, often rewarding traditional acts rather than cutting-edge contemporary pop.

But this year’s nominees are purely populist choices, with R&B star SZA leading the pack with nine.

There will also be performances from big names from Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish to Joni Mitchell and U2.

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Comedian Trevor Noah will host for the fourth year in a row, overseeing a staggering 94 categories, from best contemporary Christian album to best audiobook, where Michelle Obama will go up against Meryl Streep.

Elsewhere, Phoebe Bridgers’ indie-rock supergroup Boygenius and pop star Victoria Monét have seven nominations each.

Chart stars Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey and Ice Spice also have multiple nominations in a field led by women.

Here are nine things you should know before the event.

1) How to watch the Grammys

First, make a cup of strong coffee.

More than 80 awards will be presented at the so-called “premiere ceremony” on Sunday at 20:30 GMT (12:30 in Los Angeles).

It’s often worth tuning in. The winners in the more obscure categories are less polished and more excited to win, and the performances are more relaxed and, dare I say, more musical than the Hollywood-scale scenes you’ll see later.

You can watch it all on the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel and at live.grammy.com.

The main show, which begins at 01:00 GMT on Monday, will be broadcast live in the US on CBS and on Paramount Plus. Select speeches and performances are usually uploaded to YouTube the next day.