Grammys 2012: can Adele live up to her comeback billing?
Will Kanye West behave? Will Rihanna and Chris Brown reunite? Will anyone arrive in an egg?
THE GRAMMY AWARDS are here again - with 78 prizes to be distributed, a Beach Boys reunion and a comeback from Adele. The star-studded bash will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. What can we expect?
If last year's ceremony is anything to go by, the Grammys is the place for wild celebrity fashion statements. This year's attendees have got some way to go though if they want to outdo Cee Lo Green's multi-coloured peacock-muppet costume or Lady Gaga arriving in a human sized egg.
A celebrity outburst
If the red carpet wardrobes fail to shock, there's always the potential for bad behaviour. All eyes will be on Kanye West, with his seven Grammy nominations, following the drama at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 when he interrupted Taylor Swift's best female video acceptance speech to announce that Beyonce should have won her prize. And after M.I.A's malfunctioning middle finger at the Super Bowl, Yahoo! music critic Paul Grein is certain that we "have to expect an outburst from someone" because as we all know: "You get attention that way."
Chris Brown and Rihanna
Three years after Rihanna had to cancel her Grammys performance because her then-boyfriend Chris Brown assaulted her, the pair will both perform at the awards this weekend. Brown, who was sentenced to five years' probation and six months' community service, is up for three gongs while his ex has hopes for five. Rumours are rife that the pair might reunite but nothing has been confirmed and Brown, whose plea to end his probation was turned down yesterday, has apparently refused to speak to journalists on the night.
Rock legends The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen will all perform on stage at the awards. It's not just a night for the over-60s: Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt will pay tribute to soul legend Etta James who died last month, Katy Perry will perform her first TV gig since announcing her divorce from Russell Brand and rapper Nicki Minaj will perform her new single Roman Holiday for the first time. The Guardian is among those who say the night's most anticipated act is Adele's live comeback, four months after she had to cancel her US tour to undergo throat surgery.
Dance music will finally be acknowledged in the televised part of the show. The best new artist category has its first DJ nomination this year (DJ Skrillex) and performances from DJ Deadmau5, supported by the Foo Fighters, and DJ David Guetta, performing with Lil Wayne, will please dance music fans.
… and protests
Other musicians are not so happy with this year's awards structure, which has abandoned 31 categories including best classical, Native American and Cajun music albums. Hundreds of artists are planning to protest outside Staples Centre on Sunday afternoon. Some will take part in an alternative concert nearby, titled The Not Those Awards All-Star Latin Jazz Jam.