Awards Season

The Grammys, One Wail At A Time: Join Us Live On Sunday Night

Lady Gaga poses with her awards during last year's Grammy Awards. She's up again this Sunday night. i

Lady Gaga poses with her awards during last year's Grammy Awards. She's up again this Sunday night. Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lady Gaga poses with her awards during last year's Grammy Awards. She's up again this Sunday night.

Lady Gaga poses with her awards during last year's Grammy Awards. She's up again this Sunday night.

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If there's one televised awards ceremony that is perfectly suited to being watched with other people rather than somberly viewed with careful attention, it's the Grammys. Not very many awards are given out, and those that are tend to feel stale by at least a year; it's mostly performances, stunts, and general goofing around. This year, there are some high-profile appearances planned, including Dr. Dre with Eminem and Bob Dylan with The Avett Brothers, along with a tribute to Aretha Franklin featuring Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson. The Grammys, in short, are always at least as much fun to talk about as they are to actually pay attention to.

And this year, Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow are performing together. JOINED BY PUPPETS. How can you stay away?

And as we've done for the last two years, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and I will be talking about the ceremony live right here. This year, we're happily being joined by Jacob Ganz, the keeper of NPR's music news blog The Record (which you should be reading). Please note, and this is critical: We'll be counting on you to contribute your comments. Last year's Grammys were an absolutely glorious community party/pile-on, with you folks contributing hundreds of great comments, some of which Stephen and I still quote to each other, because they were that funny — particularly one about Kanye West, who wasn't there, secretly having been sent to a nearby dummy ceremony full of extras where he had no idea it wasn't the real Grammys.

The whole thing starts at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday night, and despite the fact that it's the Grammys, which very few people actually like in any sort of straightforward way, I can honestly tell you: it tends to be a good time. So come back and join us on Sunday night, and we'll see what those puppets have planned for Gwyneth Paltrow.

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