What You Need to Know For the 57th Grammys

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The Grammys are airing this Sunday Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. on CBS. If you have not been paying attention, it’s okay because we have all of the insider information you need for this upcoming ceremony. The Grammys are one of the biggest nights for music, and features the year’s biggest artists and top songs.

You can find the full list here from TIME Magazine Online. However, the most favorable artists this year are Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams and the renowned new artist Sam Smith. With 53 nominations in total, Beyoncé is the most-nominated woman in the Grammys’ history. Some of the other notable performers include: Beck, Drake, Eric Church, Gordon Goodwin, Iggy Azalea, Jack White, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Tom Coyne, and Usher.

Some of the keynote performers are Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Madonna, with her new single “Living for Love.” Likewise, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney will debut “FourFiveSeconds.” Other performances include, Beyoncé with John Legend for the Selma song “Glory,” and Mary J. Blige and Sam Smith are anticipated to perform a duet.

For clarity, Song of the Year honors songwriting, and Record of the Year refers to the actual recording. A song worthy of winning Song of the Year is the kind of track that sounds just as good stripped down and played acoustically as it does in an arena live. Likewise, a worthy Record of the Year focuses more on the quality of the production, engineering and performance.

According to TIME Magazine online, “a ‘new artist’ is defined for the Grammy process as any performing artist or established performing group who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist or established group as a performer.”

Be sure to keep an eye for for Iggy Azalea as she tries to be the first woman to win best hip-hop album, making it a night that could be historic for many other female artists. Nicki Minaj is also looking to claim her title as the first female rapper to win the Best Rap Song with her acclaimed hit “Anaconda.”

While Beyoncé is in the running for multiple awards, 2014 was the year of breakout artists including Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and her streak of summer hits, and Meghan Trainor with her distinctive style and incredible influence.

According to the Grammys, Sam Smith is nominated in four of the most important categories, and with the success of his first single, “Stay With Me,” he is very likely to take home a win. Likewise, Meghan Trainor is in the running for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year, while Ariana Grande is up for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with “Bang Bang.”

Those are some of the must know topics for this year’s Grammys. Zone Recording Studio of Cotati, California has all of the information you need with this highly popular event.

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