The 2014 Grammy Awards, airing Sunday January 26 at 8 p.m. on CBS and CityTV, could best be summed up with a well-known bride's adage: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (the "blue" being Kanye West's disappointment at just two nominations).
This year's nominees are led by Jay Z with nine nominations followed by Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Lewis and Pharrell Williams each with seven. In terms of songs with multiple nominations, Lorde's "Royals" has given the 17-year-old New Zealand singer a chance to take home Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Solo Pop Performance honors. Bruno Mars' “Locked Out Of Heaven” is also up for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Elsewhere the age gap in some categories has given some ammunition to detractors believing some acts are being honored for their discography and not necessarily their latest offering. This is particularly evident in the Best Rock Album category where four of the six nominees (Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Black Sabbath) released their debut albums between 1967 and 1970. However, even this pales compared to the age gap in Best Folk Album category, in which singer-songwriter Guy Clark, 72, is nominated in the same category as Sarah Jarosz, 50 years his junior.
In terms of the show itself, Grammy performances can be spine-tingling (cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge in 2005 or Aretha Franklin's 1998 last-minute rendition of "Nessun Dorma") or the sonic equivalent of a herniated disc (too many too horrid to mention). This year's crop includes the surviving members of The Beatles teaming up for a song while Jay Z and Beyonce were also recently confirmed to perform as well as an all-star finale performance by Nine Inch Nail, Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsay Buckingham.
Grohl, nominated for two Grammys, had Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme and Buckingham all appear in his "Sound City" documentary. Grohl and Homme also worked in the side project Them Crooked Vultures along with Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.
Other performers include Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lorde, Macklemore & Lewis, Gary Clark Jr., Hunter Hayes, John Legend and Kacey Musgraves. The Grammys always love a good collaboration and so Pink will perform with fun.'s Nate Ruess and Imagine Dragons team up with Kendrick Lamar while Daft Punk will add Stevie Wonder to their house band of Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, and country fans will see legends Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson team up with Blake Shelton. Metallica will continue its somewhat perplexing collaborations, this time with classical pianist Lang Lang while legendary songwriter Carole King performs with Sara Bareilles. Finally, Chicago's musical marriage with Robin Thicke could be the inspiration we've been searching for so long.
Some of the presenters include Black Sabbath, Alicia Keys, Yoko Ono, Bruno Mars, Jamie Foxx, Smokey Robinson, Neil Patrick Harris, Jared Leto, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
Once again hosted by LL Cool J, the Grammys will air live on CBS (CityTV in Canada) beginning at 8 p.m. EST. The official Grammy site however will have live streaming beginning at noon Eastern featuring the red carpet special, the pre-telecast ceremony featuring more awards being presented, backstage interviews and a post-show recap. CityTV will also be live streaming the red carpet special, "Entertainment City: Live at the GRAMMY'" on GRAMMYs.ca. There will be no live stream of the Grammys on either the Grammy site or the broadcast sites.