6 Things The 2016 Grammys Need To Have

by Laura Rosenfeld

It's December, and that means awards show season is almost upon us. It may mostly be dominated by events honoring achievements in film, but we all know that one night every winter is reserved for celebrating music, too. Yes, the 58th Annual Grammys are quickly approaching, but with the holidays, the Golden Globes, and the Super Bowl all taking place between now and the first two months of next year, it can be easy to lose track of exactly when all of these major events will hit our TV screens. So take a moment to make note of when the 2016 Grammys are so that you can be sure to put music's biggest night on your calendar.

And it's a good thing you're putting the Grammys on your radar early this year because the awards show is doing something different with its telecast this time around. In May, CBS and The Recording Academy announced that they were moving the Grammys from its longtime Sunday night telecast to a Monday. The 2016 Grammys will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. That also happens to be Presidents Day, so what better way to cap off the holiday weekend and celebrate the former leaders of the United States than to watch some amazing performances, some unpredictable acceptance speeches, and follow along with what the world has to say about it all on Twitter? It's what our country's past presidents would have wanted.

The nominations for the 2016 Grammys will be announced on Monday, December 7, so there's no telling who's going to appear and what's going to happen during this year's awards show. However, based on this exceptional, exciting, and enthralling year of music we've had, here are some of the things I'm hoping to see during the 2016 Grammys.

Adele Makes Her Triumphant Return To The Grammys

Only music released from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015 is eligible to be nominated for 2016 Grammy Awards, which unfortunately means Adele's latest album 25 (released November 20, 2015) and its lead single "Hello" (released October 23, 2015) will have to wait until next year's ceremony to get some Grammy love. But that doesn't mean CBS and The Recording Academy can't invite her to perform during this year's awards show. Adele's return is the biggest thing happening in music right now, with the excitement surrounding it sure to still be high come February. If the 2016 Grammys ceremony is supposed to be a showcase for the year in music, then it would be weird to not have Adele perform during it.

The Show Is Filled With Dynamic Duets


One of the best things about the Grammys is that they often bring artists from all eras and genres of music to perform once-in-a-lifetime duets together. Hozier and Annie Lennox rocked last year's awards show with their rendition of "I Put a Spell on You," as did Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney with the first live performance of "FourFiveSeconds." I personally can't wait to see who takes the stage together during the awards show this year. The best Grammys duets seem to be the ones you least expect, although I think we're all kind of curious to see music's It Couple du jour, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, finally serenade each other with a sweet love song.

Taylor Swift Assembles The Most Epic Squad Yet


Taylor Swift and her squad dominated this year in music. Seeing as how 1989 is sure to rack up a ton of noms at the 2016 Grammys, it seems likely that we'll see Swift onstage a bunch during the ceremony, both as a performer and award recipient. Though I wouldn't be surprised if she brought along the ladies that helped make 2015 the year of T.Swift, including Karlie Kloss, Selena Gomez, and Gigi Hadid a la her 2015 MTV Video Music Awards appearance, I'd really love to see Swift put together a more surprising roster for her entourage, like how you never knew who was going to join her onstage during her 1989 World Tour. It's the Grammys, Swift. Go big, or go home.

Drake Dances The Night Away

Drake's music video for "Hotline Bling" launched a thousand memes, mostly because of his, shall we say, interesting dance moves. If he performs "Hotline Bling" at this year's Grammys and recreates the magic of the song's video, it's sure to be one of the most memorable moments of the night — and one that the Internet won't get over either.

Amy Winehouse Gets A Tribute

July 23, 2016 will mark the fifth anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death, something that has been brought back into the spotlight in recent months thanks to the new documentary Amy . However, I think this year would be the perfect opportunity for the Grammys to celebrate Winehouse's life with a tribute to the late performer, who won five Grammy Awards in 2008 for her album Back to Black and gave one of the most memorable performances the awards show has ever seen. Winehouse unfortunately wasn't able to have the most prolific music career, but she did help change popular music forever during her lifetime, and that's not something we or any of the artists being honored at the Grammys this year will soon forget.

Hamilton Takes The Grammys Stage

Hamilton is the hottest musical on Broadway these days, and partly thanks to its hip-hop-infused score, it has crossed over into the greater popular culture. Hamilton's cast album will surely be nominated and most likely win the Grammy for Musical Theater Album, and some have even said that it could be a surprise Album of the Year contender. Whatever Hamilton is nominated for, it would be wonderful and refreshing to see the Grammys give the spotlight to a musical for once with a performance from the cast of the Broadway show. The show is usually dark on Monday nights anyway.

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