Grammys 2019: Everything You Need to Know About Music's Biggest Night

Get ready for music’s biggest night — because 61st Annual Grammy Awards are right around the corner.

The Recording Academy’s annual telecast will air live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. on CBS.

From iconic performances to powerful speeches and historic fashion moments, this year’s star-studded ceremony will recognize the best of the best within the industry.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big show.

Who’s Hosting?

Alicia Keys will take the stage to entertain the crowd as the first woman to host the Grammys since Queen Latifah in 2005.

“I’m so excited,” Keys, 38, said in the YouTube announcement. “There’s so much in store and I can’t wait for y’all to see it all come to life.”

She shared the news on social media with a video, shot while Keys learned the news that she got the gig over the phone. “Wait a minute? What, wait? Are you serious!?” Keys raved.

“I know what it feels like to be on that stage and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work that you’ve put in, and to be recognized for it. And I just feel grateful that I’m able to bring that light and that energy,” she said in the video. “This is a first. It’s a first. It’s amazing. And I think it’s perfect timing. Honestly, I’m really excited. I feel really good about it, because I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity to give the light back [and] to lift people up, especially all the young women who are nominated. To me, it feels like sister vibes.”

The 15-time Grammy Award winner replaces Late Late Show star James Corden, who hosted the show for two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018.

Who’s Performing?

Performers include Maren Morris, Little Big Town, Ricky Martin, Cardi B, Post Malone, Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Janelle Monáe, as well as Shawn Mendes, Brandi Carlile, Camila Cabello, Dan + Shay and H.E.R. — who will make their Grammy performance debut.

Nominees Chloe x Halle, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson and Travis Scott have also been announced as performers. Additionally, nominee Dua Lipa will perform with Grammy winner St. Vincent.

Any Big Name Tributes?

To honor her remarkable achievements in music and celebrate her 75th birthday, Diana Ross will perform this year for a special tribute.

The Academy previously honored “Diamond Diana” with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Like that prestigious award, this performance will celebrate Ross’ trailblazing career in music as both a solo artist and the leader of the most successful female group of all time, the Supremes.

Additionally, Dolly Parton will get a star-studded tribute on Sunday’s show.

The country superstar and eight-time Grammy winner, 73, will be honored by Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Little Big Town on the show, the Recording Academy announced on Tuesday. All will sing covers from her catalog of hits.

Finally, the Queen of Soul will get a royal sendoff on music’s biggest night.

Aretha Franklin will be honored with a performance by a trio of contemporary R&B greats: Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Andra Day and Yolanda Adams.

Together they will pay tribute to the “Respect” icon, who died on Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type at the age of 76.

Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full Grammys coverage to get the latest news on music’s big night.

Who’s Nominated?

While Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with a total of eight nominations, this year’s group of nominees features a strong showing from women, almost a year after Recording Academy President Neil Portnow received backlash for saying female artists need “to step up” when asked for his thoughts on why males dominated the 2018 Grammy Awards. Five of the eight album of the year nominees for 2019 are women.

It’s a particularly momentous time for rapper Cardi B, who is nominated for a total of five awards, including the coveted album of the year title. Country darlings Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris were able to transcend their genre by earning nods in the album of the year and record of the year categories, respectively, while folk rocker (and critical favorite) Brandi Carlile earned a total of six nominations, including nods for album, record and song of the year.

It was also a big year for music in film as the soundtrack for Black Panther scored an album of the year nomination and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born received four nominations, including record and song of the year. (Gaga scored five nominations herself.) Not to mention, it’s also a big year of Grammy firsts! Florida Georgia Line, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Dan + Shay and Ella Mai are all nominated for their first Grammy awards.

Notably, there are two artists who have been nominated posthumously this year — late rapper Mac Miller and rocker Chris Cornell.

When are the pre-shows?

CBS’s official GRAMMYs red carpet, hosted by Nancy O’Dell, Kevin Frazier, Keltie Knight and The Talk‘s Eve, begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on CBS.

E! Live From the Red Carpet begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Sunday, followed by the network’s recap from music’s biggest night on E! News on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

CBS is broadcasting the 61st Annual Grammy Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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