Grammys 2012: Everything you need to know

Update: To follow live updates from the Grammy Awards go here.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards take place tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Click Track has you covered. Join us at 5 p.m. EST for live blogging from the red carpet and the pre-telecast awards ceremony, and stick around for more live coverage once the Awards telecast is underway.

Of course, the anticipated shape and tone of the evening has been completely altered with the unexpected death of superstar Whitney Houston on Saturday. The Grammys are a night to celebrate musical excellence — something Houston emodied and defined at her highest heights. Among the inevitable tributes tonight, the Grammys have officially announced a perfomance from Jennifer Hudson honoring Houston.

Tune in. The pre-telecast (where most of the awards will be handed out) is streamed on grammy.com at 4 p.m., red carpet coverage begins on E! and TV Guide network at 5 p.m., and the telecast airs on CBS at 8 p.m.


View Photo Gallery: The nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards were announced in Los Angeles.

And while Houston’s death casts a shadow over the evening, the telecast’s producers have said the show must go on.

Need a crash course on this year’s nominees? Here’s a full list.

Want to know who we think should to win in the four top categories? Read this.

Wondering which performances to keep an ear out for? Here you go.

How does the Grammy voting process work? Good question.

Want to read our story from Friday’s Post about how after trimming 31 categories, the Grammys might still be too big for their own good? Check this out.

And how will the pop music community respond to the death of one of its most influential voices? Come back at 5 p.m. to find out.


View Photo Gallery: “Music’s Biggest Night” has sparked unexpected, and oftentimes dynamic, partnerships through the years — from Eminem and Elton John to Beyonce and Prince.

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Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about summer songs, festival fatigue, metal drumming and D.C. rap star Shy Glizzy.

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