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The Grammy Awards Show has been a television institution which honors the contributions of musicians of all genres for over fifty years. The first production was made in 1959 to honor the previous year's artists. However, the first live telecast of the program did not occur until 1971, when it was aired on ABC. The awards themselves came into existence when organizers for the Hollywood Walk of Fame realized that there were an inordinately large number of people in the recording industry that would qualify for a star on the Walk of Fame. This inspired the music industry's head honchos to create their own analog to the television industry's Oscars and the movie industry's Emmys. Originally, the awards would have been called the Eddie, in reference to Thomas Edison; however, the group decided to call the award the Grammy after a gramophone (which is also the shape of the award given).

There are only 78 categories of awards as of 2011, instead of 108. The four awards without genre attachments are Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Since 2011, there is no longer a distinction between male and female soloists, nor is there a difference between simple duos and collaborations with more artists. Hard Rock and Metal are now under the umbrella of Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Various styles of R&B music are now simply credited as Best R&B Album. Rap music is no longer delineated between single artists and groups, all of them are in the same category of Best Rap Performance. The Best Regional Roots Music Album is a veritable chimera of categories, comprising genres such as Zydeco, Cajun, Native Hawaiian, Native American, and Polka. This change was made since none of these categories have had high competition levels. Contemporary and traditional genres of music, including blues and folk, have simply been merged together; there is no longer a different award for both the contemporary and traditional formats of musical genres.

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The Grammys Full Episode Guide

  • Honoring the Beatles' 50th anniversary of their first appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Popular artists perform the group's most popular songs, and later, David Letterman interviews Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

  • LL Cool J returns to host the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Performers include Madonna, Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry, Lorde, and Taylor Swift. Jay Z leads the nominations with 9.

  • The one-hour special officially kicks off GRAMMY season with the reveal of the nominations. Plus, performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees.

  • LL Cool J hosts the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Performers include Black Keys, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, the Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, and Jack White.

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Taylor Swift Opening the Grammy Awards With...

America's sweetheart Taylor Swift reveals she will be starting off tomorrow's Grammy Awards... which song will bring her bursting onto the stage?

The Grammy Awards Unveil New Dress Code

In an effort to reduce wardrobe malfunctions, The Grammy Awards will be enforcing a dress code for those attending and performing at the Grammys this Sunday.

Romeo Santos Releases Live DVD Album of The Kings Stay King: Sold Out At Madison Square Garden

Singer Romeo Santos sits down with Acceso Total to talk about this new DVD-album, "The King Stays King."

Rihanna Goes Cryptic With 'Unapologetic' Tweets Of Prose

A bit advantageous? Maybe. Smacking of being an excessive tease? Absolutely. Rihanna has been on a cryptic-tweeting spree lately, ending words of prose with "#Unapologetic". The initial take on the "lyrics" points to them being pretty well centered on her past, present and future with Chris Brown.

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Lady Gaga Rumored For $5-Million 'Zoolander' Sequel Offer
Chris Brown Ditches Girlfriend Over His *Ahem* 'Friendship' With Rihanna

Here's a Foster's-style lesson in "How to Translate Chris Brown": when the Grammy-winning powder keg says "I've decided to be single to focus on my career," he really means to say, "The ex I famously beat to a pulp three years ago will let me near her again. Your position has been usurped."

Legendary Singer Andy Williams Dead At 84
Time In Rehab Won't Keep Billie Joe Armstrong Off 'The Voice'
Lady Gaga Calls Society 'Ugly' Over Jabs At Her Weight

Over the weekend, Lady Gaga had heard about all she cared to about her recently unveiled fuller figure. The eccentric, eclectic pop star tweeted her thanks to fans that supported her no matter her measurements, and invoked a legendary beauty's assertion that "it's society that's ugly."

Chris Brown Due In Court Again Over Rihanna Beating

Chris Brown still hasn't put that whole "beating Rihanna" incident completely behind him - not as far as a Los Angeles prosecutor is concerned, at least. An audit of his probation following the 2009 domestic violence incident has been ordered, and Brown is due in court Monday to answer questions concerning just how much of his mandatory community service he actually completed.

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Flips On Twitter Troll

There's the hazards of fame, and then there's bringing a famous individual's family into things. Then beyond that, there's trying to tell a mother her son is an "ass." One Direction's Louis Tomlinson had put up with just about enough from one such troll this weekend and let him and those like him have it with both barrels.

London Retailer Sells Chris Brown CDs With 'This Man Beats Women' Label

Well, here's the most direct way yet that anyone's campaigned against Chris Brown having a career. A London retailer may be carrying Chris Brown's fifth album, but it's reportedly being sold with a sticker warning, "This man beats women."

Orchestra/Choir Arrangements Lend 'Call Me, Maybe' Just A Little Class

Hey, it was only a matter of time before this got a classical touch. And somehow, it works. Trending today on YouTube, the 3Penny Orchestra and Chorus gave a classy, high-brow touch to "Call Me, Maybe." Be amazed at how much of an improvement it really is.

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