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The Grammy Awards, 6 Things That Will Happen

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There's no shortage of drama for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

Has Beyonce stolen Adele's thunder? (Yes.) Lady Gaga with Metallica -- really? (Yes.) Will Kanye West make our eyes roll yet again? (Probably not; He's not planning to be there, at least as of now.)

The hubris, and some humor, will be on display at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, when CBS airs the ceremony from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. There will be more performances -- including tributes to Prince, George Michael and the Bee Gees -- than awards presented during the telecast, and we'll be arguing about the winners for at least days to come.

Here's a half-dozen things to expect during the show...

* A big night for Beyonce. She's the leading nominee with eight total, and though she was ubiquitous during the past year she never wore out her welcome. In the battle of the dueling pop divas, expect her to out-bling Adele -- who a year ago seemed like a slam dunk to be the night's favorite.

* Don't count out Drake as a spoiler, however. If Beyonce and Adele wind up splitting the five categories they share, the Canadian artist -- who holds eight nominations -- could get some "Views" with a trophy in his hand, especially if he sweeps his three Rap field nods.

* If Chris Stapleton was last year's Who Dat? moment, fellow country iconoclast Sturgill Simpson will do the honors this year. The surprise Album of Year nominee is still enjoying a post-"Saturday Night Live" buzz, and The Grammys will let him show off for a mainstream audience that doesn't stay up that late.

* James Corden will slay it. He killed at the Tony Awards last year, and he's sung Carpool Karaoke with a big chunk of the nominee list. He'll be in his element will hold his own alongside even the biggest of the night's acts.

* Expect plenty of political expression. It won't quite be an episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher" or "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," but the Grammy gang will join its Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild counterparts in sounding some sour notes about President Donald Trump and his minions -- even if vocal opponents like Drake and, lately, Kanye West aren't planning to attend.

* There will be grousing about the annual memorial portion of the show. With as many artists who have died since last year's Grammys, there's no way they can get through it without leaving somebody out.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards

8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 on CBS.

Hosted by James Corden

Performances by: Adele, A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak, Kelsea Ballerini, William Bell and Gary Clark Jr., Beyonce, Chance The Rapper, Andra Day, Tori Kelly, Alicia Keys and Maren Morris, Lady Gaga and Metallica, John Legend and Cynthia Erivo, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Lukas Graham, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Sturgill Simpson, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd with Daft Punk.

For more information visit grammy.com.

A handful of Detroit-connected artists are among the nominees at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12. The local list includes:

* Mike Posner: Song of the Year for "I Took A Pill In Ibiza"

* Jack White: Best Rock Performance, Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Performance for "Don't Hurt Yourself" with Beyonce and Best American Roots Song for "City Lights."

* Iggy Pop: Best Alternative Music Album for "Post Pop Depression

* Tim Bowman Jr.: Best Gospel Album for "Listen."

* Patti Smith: Best Spoken Word Album for the "M Train" audiobook.

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