Grammys 2020: everything you need to know, from nominations to the seating plan and controversies

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First launched in 1959 with Ella Fitzgerald and Ross Bagdasarian sweeping the board with three wins each, the Grammy Awards are the music equiavelent of the Oscars, honouring the music industry's greatest talents while predicting the coming year's rising stars. This year's 62nd awards are just around the corner, so here's everything you need to know about the ceremony in advance.

How can I watch the Grammy Awards 2020?

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, on Sunday 26 January 2020, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8pm ET and 1am GMT. 

Who is hosting the Grammy Awards 2020?

Alicia Keys, who has won 15 Grammy Awards herself, will return as the host in 2020, after hosting the Grammy Awards in 2019. The last woman to host the awards before Keys was Queen Latifah in 2005.

Who are the nominees for the Grammy Awards 2020?

Lizzo and Billie Eilish are going head to head with eight and six nominations respectively.  The singers will compete for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. At 17 years old, Billie Eilish was the youngest singer in Grammys history to receive nominations in all four of the main categories. Now 18, if the singer wins album of the year for her sleep-paralysis-themed, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, she will break records as the youngest ever recipient of the award.

Might Billie Eilish break Grammy records? Credit: Getty

Breakout star Lil Nas X, who made his name with 2019's viral hit Old Town Road, also has six nominations. Frontunners for Album of the Year and Song of the Year include Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, while Rosalia is a sure bet in the Best New Artist category.

Who will be performing?

Rosalía, Camila Cabello, Tyler, the Creator, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Lizzo will all be performing on the night, while 2019 performances included Camila Cabello, Kacey Musgraves, Shawn Mendes, and Cardi B . According to TMZ, Lovato will be performing new material: a song that she wrote just before her drug overdose in the summer of 2018, and the first song she has released since 2018. 

Who will attend the Grammys?

A tentative awards seating plan was leaked, which showed Taylor Swift. Beyonce, JAY Z, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande would be in attendance. The promimity of BTS to The Carters immediately sparked excitement within the BTS fan community. However, a second leaked seating plan with Taylor Swift now absent sparked rumours that, ahead of the release of her Netflix documentary Miss Americana, she had too much on her plate to attend the awards. Variety, too, has reported that Swift has allegedly pulled out of a 'secret' after party performance on the night, too. Might she also be irritated at her surprising snub of Lover from Best Album?

Is there controversy at this year's Grammys?

Does any awards show ever go quietly? Last year, the Grammys were in hot water for, yet again, snubbing major artists in the rap and hip-hop categories, causing Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino to decline invitations to perform.

This year, the nominations might not be 'GrammysSoWhite'' (although there was still raised eyebrows at Tyler, the Creator's absence from Best Album), but, over the last few months, a nasty feud has swelled within the Recording Academy, coming to a head days before the ceremony. Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan was placed on administrative leave because of "a formal allegation of misconduct." Dugan, however, has filed a discrimination and sexual-harassment claim and alleged that the Recording Academy concealed sexual crimes committed by former CEO Neil Portnow, who has denied the accusations.