Sunday, January 26, LL Cool J returns to host the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Unlike the Globes and the Oscars, the Grammys invite a certain level of, shall we say, freak flag-waving from the awards show's rock star nominees, and this year is no exception. When you throw Kanye, Taylor, Rihanna, the Knowles-Carters, and a slew of lesser-known country stars in a room, strange things tend to happen. Before we get wind of yet another surprise performance, here’s what we can’t wait to see this weekend:
Three words: Drunk. In. Love.
The rumors of a live performance of the Beyoncé/Jay-Z duet surfaced less than a week before the awards show, making them a last-minute contender for best performance of the night. While we can’t wait to see what the couple has in store, at the very least we hope Yoncé brings her “serfbort.”
Lorde’s Dance Moves
If you’ve yet to watch New Zealand’s coolest teen export perform live, take a minute to watch her on Letterman—the girl’s got Stevie Nicks-level witchy vibes. Here’s to whatever all-black ensemble she sways in onstage on Sunday night.
Daft Punk’s Robot Helmets
The french electronic duo haven’t won a Grammy since 2009’s Alive, but this year they’re back with FIVE nominations spread between their Random Access Memories LP and its Pharrell-led single, “Get Lucky.” Fingers crossed we get to see them accept a little statue in full-on robot gear.
2013 was certainly a big year for Kanye West, who gave birth to not only his genre-tipping full-length, Yeezus, but also perhaps his most important collab-to-date: baby North West (co-authored by Kim Kardashian, of course). Since this year Yeezy’s up for both Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song, we can’t help but wonder: What does a Kanye West acceptance speech sound like in 2014?
In addition to the aforementioned Kimye and Carter-Knowles, there are a slew of twosomes we hope to catch at the Grammys this year, both romantic and professional. From Katy Perry and John Mayer (in power-couple bliss) to Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran (for “Everything Has Changed”) there’s about to be a whole lot of chemistry up in the Nokia Theater. Our dream duo? Lorde and Drake.
The Cool Kids
Another category we’re psyched for this year is Best Alternative Music Album, featuring two of our favorite albums of the year, Tame Impala’s Lonerism and Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City. Last year the category was dominated by chart-topping Gotye, so we’re hoping to see of one of these lesser-known acts get their due.
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