Tale of 2 Grammy Shows

The Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony – featuring live music and the naming of 70 Grammy winners — will live-stream free from 3:30 -6:30 pm ET this Sunday, February 12, at Grammy.com/live and CBS.com. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards themselves will be broadcast live from 8-11:30 pm over CBS stations, and streamed via the CBS All Access subscription service. The main event takes place at the Staples Center, and the preliminary from the Microsoft Theater, both in Los Angeles.

Margaret Cho will host the Premiere Ceremony, with performers including Judy Collins, Ravi Coltrane, Ziggy Marley, Carla Morrison and Northern Cree. Award presenters will include Jimmy Jam, Lauren Daigle, For King & Country and Sarah Jarosz.

James Corden will host the main event, with performers including Adele, Alicia Keys, Katie Perry, Lady Gaga, Metallica, John Legend and Carrie Underwood. That’s only the tip of the iceberg, though, so for a more complete list, consult Grammy.com. Award presenters have been kept pretty much under wraps.

Beyoncé leads all nominees with nine nods, including “album of the year” (Lemonade), “record of the year” (Formation), “song of the year” (Formation), and “best pop solo performance” (Hold Up). You can see the full nominee list in 84 categories at www.grammy.com/nominees.

The Premiere Ceremony will remain available on-demand at Grammy.com for 90 days following the live stream. CBS didn’t say if the main show would be available to view on-demand on CBS All Access.

CBS All Access costs $5.99 a month with “limited commercials,” or $9.99 for the “commercial free” version (which nonetheless includes commercials if you’re watching the live feed of your local CBS’ station).

CBS All Access is available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

You can find more details at CBS All Access.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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