Grammys 2013 FAQ: Where, when and why to watch

Its Grammys time! Get your game faces on, people, and read on for all the information you need to be as prepared as a Girl Scout for Sunday night’s show.

When and where can I watch it?

The show begins at 8 p.m. on CBS. Red carpet coverage starts at 6 p.m. and you can catch that on E! or MTV. We’ll be live blogging from 6 until the bitter end, which is scheduled for 11:30 p.m., but could drift into Monday morning.

Frank Ocean (Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Frank Ocean (Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Who’s performing?

The best thing about the Grammys is the musical performances to awards ratio. They give out, like, eight of those little trophy things and the rest of the night is a humongous concert. Performances to look out for include: Taylor Swift, the Black Keys, fun., the Lumineers, Elton John and Ed Sheeran (they’ve never performed together live before, so, that could be interesting) famous Inaugural non-lip-syncher Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, Miguel and Wiz Khalifa, Jack White, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting.

Are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting?

Although we all wish Tina and Amy were in charge of everything in entertainment, the host is LL Cool J. He hosted last year, too.

What was with that “Grammys dress code” memo?

Much like LL Cool J, the Grammys dress code is the same as it was last year. “Thong type costumes are problematic,” says CBS and while I’m not an expert on the subject, that doesn’t sound inaccurate to me.

Chris Brown and Rihanna. We know.

Chris Brown and Rihanna. We know.

Can I still enjoy the Grammys if I hate Chris Brown?

You should look away during Rihanna’s performance and shut your eyes when the camera pans to Brown’s seat. But there’s going to be plenty of Frank Ocean to distract you.

What if I don’t hate Chris Brown?

How excited should I be about Justin Timberlake’s return to music?

That depends: did you like “Suit & Tie”? Did you hear it and think, “Here’s a  groundbreaking jam from a master of pop music?” Or was your reaction more along the lines of, “This sort of sounds like a track that got cut from ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’”? Either way, you can generally count on JT to put on a good show, even if the actual music wasn’t worth the six-year wait.

What can we learn from this whole Justin-musical-hiatus experiment?

Don’t make people wait six years for stuff. Six years is so many years! The only thing in musicland I’d legitimately wait six years for and still be excited to see is a photo of Blue Ivy Carter.

Taylor Swift at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. She actually looked this upset *before* she lost to Adele.

Taylor Swift at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. She actually looked this upset *before* she lost to Adele.

Who will Taylor Swift be making angry-face at while she sings?

That’s Harry Styles, a lost boy from Neverland plucked out of Peter Pan’s hideaway and dropped into the One Direction lineup. He likes girls who don’t know they’re beautiful which should have been a sign to Taylor from the get-go that things weren’t going to work out (self-esteem is such a buzzkill, amirite?) Harry is pronounced as ‘Arry, because he is British.

Who’s going to win Album of the Year?

In a just world, it would be Frank Ocean’s year. It is Frank Ocean’s year. But those Grammys people get all hot and bothered over the mandolin so it would be a mistake to count out Mumford & Sons. Let’s not forget the anthem-y power of fun. who, despite having threatened to set the world on fire, still stand a chance of taking this one home.

Who can I blame if Frank Ocean loses?

The Recording Academy, whose members vote on the awards. You can learn all the details on the voting process here.

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