Lorde (Credit: AP/Paul A. Hebert)
(USA Today)-- Will Lorde lord over the Grammy Awards, or are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis planning a Heist of the top honors Sunday night?
Both newcomer acts as well as the likes of Daft Punk, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and many others are among the music industry's finest to be feted at the 56th annual Grammys. The 3½-hour show airs live on CBS at 8 ET/5 PT.
Rap duo Macklemore & Lewis' The Heist is up for the biggest prize of the night - album of the year - against Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, m.A.A.D. City, Taylor Swift's Red and Sara Bareilles' Blessed Unrest.
Macklemore & Lewis are also one of the favorites in the best new artist category, which also includes electronica artist James Blake, country singer Kacey Musgraves, hip-hop's Lamar and pop star Ed Sheeran.
Lorde is up for two major awards. Her hit songRoyals is a contender for record of the year with Daft Punk's Get Lucky, Imagine Dragons' Radioactive, Bruno Mars' Locked Out of Heaven and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, as well as song of the year vs. Locked Out of Heaven, Just Give Me a Reason (Pink), Roar (Katy Perry) and Same Love(Macklemore & Lewis).
Jay Z's effort Magna Carta Holy Grail and various collaborations are up for a field-leading nine nominations, while Timberlake and Pharrell Williams are each up for seven awards.
The night also offers several intriguing performances. Lamar and Imagine Dragons will be performing in a musical genre mash-up, Metallica is teaming with concert pianist Lang Lang, Thicke is doing a medley with the classic rockers of Chicago, and the finale includes Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl andFleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham taking the stage together. Other performers include Madonna, Lorde, Swift, Perry, Musgraves and Hunter Hayes.
Among early winners announced prior to the telecast, Michael Buble's To Be Lovedwon best traditional pop vocal album, and Ziggy Marley in Concert garnered best reggae album - sending Snoop Dogg to his 16th Grammy loss.
Random Access Memories gave Daft Punk their first Grammy win this year, for engineered album, while Draco Rosa's Vida took home best Latin pop album and best spoken-word album went to comedian Stephen Colbert's America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't.
Two Paul McCartney projects picked up Grammys: Wings Over America for best boxed set and Live Kisses for surround sound. There were also a pair of tied categories - Gipsy Kings' Savor Flamenco and Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Live: Singing for Peace Around the World split for best world music album, and the Rolling Stones' Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965 and Bill Withers' The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums were winners for historical album.
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