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Grammys 2014, on the scene: What you didn't see on TV, plus Taylor Watch!

Every year, the Grammys are loaded with as many artists and performances as possible within three and a half hours (or more, given that this year ran long and they still had to play the credits over the finale). Because of those mega-performances, it’s a televised event that’s just as enjoyable in person — or probably more so.

The inside of Staples Center feels like a one-night-only festival where all the most relevant pop stars and biggest artists of the past are on one bill. And they play together. And they try to one-up each other, meaning that even if a performance isn’t great, it goes down swinging (we might throw Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” witch-fest into the latter category).

Here are some observations from EW’s crew on the inside, including our view of Taylor Swift, when she wasn’t caught on camera dancing in the crowd.

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Grammys 2014: The complete winners list!

And the Grammys went to… (Updated throughout the show. Winners in bold) READ FULL STORY

Grammys: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performance features 33 marriages, Madonna

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took to the Grammy stage to perform “Same Love.” The pair were joined by singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, Trombone Shorty, and a large church choir — and Queen Latifah, who walked onstage with a special announcement midway through the song. She gestured offstage at 33 couples. “They have chosen this moment to celebrate their vows with us here in Los Angeles,” said Latifah. READ FULL STORY

Miley, Lorde, Macklemore, R. Kelly and more: On the scene at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party

There are approximately 56,098 parties in and around Grammys weekend in Los Angeles. But 56,097 of them don’t have Jane Fonda out-twerking Taylor Swift while Robin Thicke wades into the crowd to ask, one more time, what rhymes with “hug me,” or Joni Mitchell giggling with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett by the doors to the smoking lounge.

Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala,  named for the legendary 81-year-old music mogul who always hosts the night in his also-legendary unhurried style, is known for bringing out scenes like this: a night where the most famous New Zealand teenager in the world performs three fewer songs than John Fogerty, and Miley Cyrus follows the one about feeling like she’s got no panties on with a raw, utterly sincere cover of her godmother’s signature scorned-woman anthem.

Below, a few of the more memorable moments:

* After a totally serviceable acoustic set from Imagine Dragons (frontman Dan Reynolds:”I’m sure a lot of people out there don’t know who we are…That’s fine, we’re just grateful to be here”), Lionel Richie mambo-mambo’d on out to do his Commodores classic “Easy” and then “All Night Long.” Pharrell bounced in his chair like a kid on Christmas, and even the sphinx-faced Rihanna cracked a smile. God bless you, Lionel. Fiesta, forever. READ FULL STORY

A Grammy producer's Must List: How to get Daft Punk on TV, and 5 more tips

Each year, the Grammys aim to represent where music is going, where it is now, and where it’s been before, combining new and classic performers for over-the-top spectacles and stripped-down musical showcases.

The man behind the annual madness is Ken Ehrlich, who’s been producing the Grammy telecast for more than 30 years. “Every year we start with a blank piece of paper, because as the music scene shifts, we try and respond to it,” he told EW.

Before you settle in for three-plus hours of face-melters (we hope), we put together a new kind of Must List for the show: A Mastermind’s Must List for the Perfect Grammys. You must read on! (Sorry.)
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Madonna to perform with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Grammys

Call them Madglemore?

OK, you don’t have to, but still: Madonna will be joining Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for a performance of “Same Love” at the Grammys on Sunday, Us Weekly reports.

Word of Madonna’s involvement in the ceremony was first announced yesterday, but there was still speculation as to whom the Grammys would pair her up with. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis certainly makes sense for the pop queen: “Same Love,” one of the young duo’s many hits off The Heist, is nominated for the Best Song award and has earned accolades around the industry for its positive gay-equality message — an issue that’s long been close to the 55-year-old Madonna as well.

Other performers at the show will include Kendrick Lamar; Paul McCartney with Ringo Starr; Taylor Swift; a supergroup consisting of Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham; and many more. The LL Cool J-hosted ceremony will air live at 8 p.m. ET this Sunday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Madonna to perform at the Grammy Awards

It’s official: Madonna will perform at the Grammy Awards.

A Friday news release from The Recording Academy had no other details about the seven-time Grammy winner’s appearance, however, which has been a rumor for some time.

Also added to the performance lineup are nominees Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong. They will sing a tribute to the late Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers. Juicy J and Trombone Shorty have also been added to the roster.

They’ll join a star-studded lineup that includes most of today’s top pop stars and leading nominees Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards hosted by LL Cool J will air live Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Sara Bareilles on her supposed rivalry with Katy Perry: 'People really felt like Katy was ripping me off, and I disagree'

One of the more intriguing pop controversies of 2013 was the friendly fire exchanged over the perceived similarities between Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.”

This Sunday’s Grammy Awards just might bring some resolution to that argument — or at least declare a “winner”: Both tracks are nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, alongside Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” and Lorde’s “Royals.”

If Sunday represents an end to the controversy, that will suit Bareilles just fine. “I was surprised and to be honest disappointed at how vicious people were,” Bareilles tells EW. “It’s not my nature, and it’s not reflective of what I feel I hope to incite in people. People really felt like Katy was ripping me off, and I disagree.”

Bareilles was most frustrated by the fact that she was apparently supposed to be rivals with Perry. “Katy and I have known each other a really long time, she’s a friend of mine, and it seemed like there was this infusion of people wanting to create conflict and drama. I find that to be really fatiguing,” she said. READ FULL STORY

Sara Bareilles on her Grammy nominations: 'I've always had the imposter syndrome'

When asked about winning awards, many artists spout clichés about it being an honor to just be nominated. Sara Bareilles, though — who is up for two major categories at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards — really sounds like she means it.

“It just felt like validation, like acceptance,” Bareilles told EW of her nomination for Album of the Year for her 2013 collection The Blessed Unrest. “To put me among the other nominees… My peers in that category are—I mean, Taylor Swift is a juggernaut.”

“I’ve always had the imposter syndrome, like I don’t really belong here,” she continued. “I keep waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and be like, ‘Uh, you have to go.’ I think I’m finally relaxing a little bit about that. Love me or hate me, I’ve earned my place here. That’s how it feels. I think I’d be doing this whether I was able to be a Grammy nominee or not. This is the reason I think I got a turn on the Earth.”

She has been nominated a few times before, though these nominations felt different because Bareilles thought she was done with The Blessed Unrest. READ FULL STORY

Grammy finale: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham to close out the show

Last year, the Grammy Awards closed with a bizarre LL Cool J-led parade that was ostensibly a tribute to the late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch, but was mostly a mess of nü-metal noise.

This Sunday, the end of the broadcast promises to be infinitely better thanks to a scheduled super group featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham. They’re hardly strangers going into the show, of course: Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age are heading out on tour together in Australia; Grohl played drums on several QOTSA albums; QOTSA frontman Josh Homme collaborated with Trent Reznor on a track for Grohl’s Sound City documentary, which also featured Buckingham; and Buckingham played guitars on a few tracks on NIN’s Hesitation Marks.

Several of those members could also be newly minted Grammy winners by the time they hit the stage. READ FULL STORY

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