Beyoncé has the most nominations, with nine, followed by Kendrick Lamar with eight and Adele and Brandi Carlie with seven each. Harry Styles, Mary J. Blige, Future, DJ Khaled and the producer and songwriter The-Dream all landed six apiece.
In addition to the top three contests — album, record and song of the year — Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” has nods in the dance/electronic and R&B categories, and she’s also up for best song written for visual media (for “Be Alive” from the movie “King Richard”). She needs three wins to tie the record for most victories by any artist; four will give the record on her own.
Bad Bunny, Lizzo and Harry Styles will perform during the prime-time ceremony. The live lineup also includes Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Sam Smith and Kim Petras and Steve Lacy. DJ Khaled will be joined by Fridayy, Jay-Z, John Legend, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross for “God Did,” which is nominated for song of the year. Stevie Wonder will perform the Temptations’ “The Way You Do the Things You Do” with the R&B group WanMore; “Tears of a Clown” with Smokey Robinson; and “Higher Ground” with Chris Stapleton.
In celebration of 50 years of hip-hop, a special performance bringing together genre legends and contemporary stars will feature Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Queen Latifah, Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and others. LL Cool J will introduce the segment, perform and share a few words.
And as the show honors the artists we lost last year, Kacey Musgraves will perform for Loretta Lynn; Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt will pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie; and the Migos rapper Quavo will be joined by Maverick City Music to celebrate Takeoff, who died at 28 in a shooting in November.
Jill Biden will take the stage as a presenter, but she’s not the first-ever first lady to grace the Grammys. (Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance in a 2019 opening segment and won a Grammy the following year for best spoken word album.) Other presenters include Cardi B, James Corden, Billy Crystal, Viola Davis, Dwayne Johnson, Olivia Rodrigo and Shania Twain.