Sunday, January 26, is the 2014 Grammys and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is going all out, inviting chart-toppers and Hollywood royalty to the big show.
Grammy producers seem keen on teaming up acts from across the music spectrum: Daft Punk is gracing the stage with R&B legend Stevie Wonder, while Miranda Lambert and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong will perform a duet honoring The Everly Brothers’ Phil Everly , who died earlier this week.
Pink and Fun’s Nate Ruess will perform their song “Just Give Me a Reason,” while country legends Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson will perform with The Voice’s Blake Shelton, who is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for “Mine Would Be You,” and Best Country Album for Based On A True Story.
Mrs. and Mrs. Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z and Beyoncé, are said to be hitting the Grammys stage together—reportedly to perform Yonce’s “Drunk in Love.” (Maybe Justin Timberlake will pop up to join in on “Holy Grail.”)
Other interesting matchups include Robin Thicke and Chicago, Metallica will classical pianist Lana Lang, and “Brave” singer Sara Bareilles with legendary singer-songwriter Carole King. Lorde, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are also on the bill somewhere—we’d love to see them all sing together, but aren’t holding our breath.
Movie stars Julia Roberts, Steve Coogan and Jeremy Renner have all been tagged as presenters. Don’t ask us what their music connection is . (Roberts was married to Lyle Lovett for, like, five minutes in the 90s.)
One rumored pairing we’re weak in the knees over is Madonna and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who are allegedly going to perform the latter’s paean to marriage equality, “Same Love.” (Mack and Ryan are nominated for seven Grammys.)
The night will also feature a tribute to the Beatles with John Mayer and Keith Urban performing”Don’t Let Me Down,” Alicia Keys and John Legend singing “Let It Be,” and the Eurythmics reuniting for the first time since 2000.
Paul McCartney, a Grammy nominee for Best Rock Song, and former bandmate Ringo Starr will receive lifetime achievement awards, which is fitting since its the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Be sure to come back to NewNowNext Sunday evening at 5:30 for live-streaming from the Grammys red carpet, and throughout the night for more news about music’s biggest night.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are Sunday night at 8pm on CBS.