The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are less than an hour away, and we at Paste are getting our suit and tie on in preparation for Justin Timberlake’s big opening number (sweatsuits count as suits, right?). Be sure to familiarize yourself with all of our predictions and proclamations on who will win, who should win and who got snubbed here before the broadcast, and check back here at 8 p.m. EST during the ceremony for real-time results, observations from our staff and contributors and a compilation of the best Grammy tweets the internet has to offer.
11:29 p.m.: And that’s a (w)rap! Until next year, folks.
11:27 p.m.: Whoa, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” for MCA. Nice.
11:26 p.m.: “Sure, I’ll host again. Here are my conditions:”—@SteveKandell
11:24 p.m.: LL Cool J is closing the show with Chuck D, Tom Morello, Z-Trip and Travis Barker. Grammys said knock you out.
11:15 p.m.: Adele presents Album of the Year to Mumford & Sons for Babel.
11:14 p.m.: Poor Frank. He’s really, really nervous.—@rysreed
11:11 p.m.: Frank Ocean makes his Grammy performance debut with “Forrest Gump.”
11:09 p.m.: Juanes covering Elton John’s “Your Song.”
11:01 p.m.: Brittany Howard also killed her verse. She and Mavis should have handled this on their own.
11:00 p.m.: Just let Mavis sing the whole thing.
10:59 p.m.: Mavis Staples slays her verse on “The Weight.”
10:56 p.m.: Elton John kicks off “The Weight” in tribute to Levon Helm and the Sandy Hook victims.
10:54 p.m.: We lost a lot of talented musicians this year.
10:51 p.m.: Did you know they set jazz musicians on fire to keep Katy Perry’s hands warm backstage? #grammys—@Steven_Hyden
10:46 p.m.: Prince also loved Joan Osborne’s “One Of Us,” FWIW—@sterlewine
10:43 p.m.: “Congratulations,” says Prince. “You just spoke to Prince.”—@annetdonahue
10:41 p.m.: Record of the Year goes to Gotye and Kimbra for “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
10:40 p.m.: Prince called someone 30 minutes ago and was like “I got a new cane, let me present something.”—@heykstan
10:39 p.m.: PRINCE IN THE BUILDING.
10:38 p.m.: Carrie! RUN!!! THERE’S AN ALIEN IN YOUR DRESS!!!!!—@nickpaste
10:36 p.m.: Carrie Underwood performing “Blown Away,” and her dress is glowing in the dark.
10:29 p.m.: All these people on Twitter outraged about Best New Artist like they never saw the Grammys before.—@EvieNagy
10:27 p.m.: Best New Artist goes to fun. Sigh..
10:26 p.m.: Jack White is the last true rock star.—@leviweaver
10:23 p.m.: And now here come the boys for “Freedom at 21.”
10:21 p.m.: And now here’s Jack White with his all-girl band to do “Love Interruption”!
10:19 p.m.: The Lumineers performing “Ho Hey.” Melissa Etheridge is singing along in the crowd.
10:11 p.m.: If Bob Marley were here, he’d be like, “Please don’t do this.”—@birbigs
10:09 p.m.: Bob Marley tribute changed to Bruno Mars/Sting tribute at the last minute #Grammys—@KANETYLERR
10:06 p.m.: Bruno Mars kicks off the Bob Marley tribute…by singing his own song?
10:05 p.m.: “Give me the mescaline and bring me a live owl.” – Dr. John 5-hours ago—@netw3rk
9:57 p.m.: Best Country Album goes to Zac Brown Band for Uncaged. Kelly Clarkson hilariously accidentally says “Zac Braff Band.”
9:56 p.m.: This is the kind of music Kelly Clarkson should be singing all the time.
9:55 p.m.: And now she’s doing ”(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.” Wow.
9:54 p.m.: Kelly Clarkson is actually doing a really lovely version of “Tennessee Waltz.”
9:52 p.m.: Your Twitter snark is powerless against the weird voodoo awesomeness of Dr. John. #grammys—@Steven_Hyden
9:50 p.m.: One measure into this Dr. John/Black Keys/Preservation Hall Jazz Band performance and it’s already the best thing tonight.
9:45 p.m.: Jay-Z speaks. The playoff music instantly STOPS. #badass #grammys—@Mrozema
9:41 p.m.: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration goes to Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream for “No Church in the Wild.”
9:35 p.m.: WhoIsMikkyEkko.tumblr.com
9:30 p.m.: “Miguel, I don’t know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together. Good God, that was the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen.”—Kelly Clarkson
9:28 p.m.: Best Pop Vocal Album goes to Kelly Clarkson for Stronger.
9:26 p.m.: Jay-Z caught looking concerned about Adam Levine’s pitch.
9:25 p.m.: No, Adam Levine, don’t you dare sing Alicia Keys’ song. STOP IT. #Grammys—@melodylamb
9:23 p.m.: Between the Black Keys and Tim McGraw’s hat, black leather is having a huge night tonight. #Grammys—@ryanbort
9:21 p.m.: Best Rock Performance goes to The Black Keys for “Lonely Boy.”
9:19 p.m.: Dave Grohl announces Dan Auerbach won Producer of the Year earlier tonight.
9:17 p.m.: Feel like the Grammys invented the “urban contemporary” category just so Frank Ocean could beat Chris Brown.—@RebeccaA
9:15 p.m.: Frank Ocean way too classy to say a word about Chris Brown. Our album of the year. Best Urban Contemporary Album.—@nickpaste
9:12 p.m.: Best Urban Contemporary Album goes to Frank Ocean for Channel Orange.
9:11 p.m.: My love for Justin Timberlake is 100% heterosexual and 100% un-ironic.—@rysreed
9:09 p.m.: We’ve missed you, Justin Timberlake. We’ve missed you.
9:07 p.m.: The sepia shifts to color and Justin busts out a slow jam.
9:06 p.m.: JT kicks off his comeback performance with “Suit & Tie.”
9:05 p.m.: Justin Timberlake’s new relaxed ‘do looks good, but I kind of miss his ramen noodle hair.
9:03 p.m.: “No, Ellen DeGenres, not you.”—Beyonce
8:56 p.m.: So is Johnny Depp a Johnny Depp impersonator now?—@MandySlamberg
8:55 p.m.: “Sublime” and Mumford and Sons are two things I never thought would go together.—@lauralmedina
8:54 p.m.: “I’m Captain Jack Sparrow, and I’m here to introduce some INTENSE BANJOING.”—what Johnny Depp just said in my mind.
8:49 p.m.: Song of the Year goes to fun. for “We Are Young.”
8:46 p.m.: Every once in a while LL looks like he’s about to start crying. I’m worried about him. #grammys—@heykstan
8:45 p.m.: “Come on Nat, I knew your name. RT @1NatalieMaines: Please somebody ask the big guy from The Roots who made his afro pick!”—@Questlove
8:43 p.m.: Carrie Underwood wins Best Country Solo Performance for “Blown Away.”
8:42 p.m.: Hey, I know you’re all in the mood now, but here’s more country music. —@KANETYLERR
8:41 p.m.: Miguel rocking “Adorn” with Wiz Khalifa
8:38 p.m.: “This duet doesn’t have nearly enough dobro or fedora.” -Mumford & Sons—@rtannenbaum
8:37 p.m.: No one. NO ONE would have predicted Jandek would be playing guitar at the Grammys.—@gah650
8:35 p.m.: Apparently I’m right about the element contest: fun = rain. Miranda Lambert = fog/smog.—@gah650
8:35 p.m.: Would love to see Bonnie Raitt wreck Mayer in a guitar duel. #grammys—@KANETYLERR
8:34 p.m.: John Mayer looks a bit like Salvador Dali. #grammys—@rysreed
8:33 p.m.: Dierks Bentley performing with Miranda Lambert.
8:29 p.m.: This commercial with the old people partying to “Nosotros Somos Jovenes” >>>>> any actual Fun. song.
8:27 p.m.: Is that like a contest? Play through the elements. Will Mumford have to perform while it sleets?—@gah650
8:25 p.m.: It is now raining on fun. during their performance. Cover your gear, boys!
8:24 p.m.: Thanks, Adele. Always wondered what happened to Grandma Tillie’s sofa after she passed away.—@rtannenbaum
8:22 p.m.: Actual pit bulls have a hard enough time earning respect. Pit Bull (the rapper) only furthers the negative stereotypes. #grammys—@rysreed
8:20 p.m.: Adele wins Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance for “Set Fire to the Rain.”
8:20 p.m.: “As you can see, I read the memo.”
8:18 p.m.: Hey J-Lo: Angelina Jolie called. She wants her leg back.
8:12 p.m.: Ed Sheerhan, you’re no Kiki Dee.—@robsheff
8:10 p.m.: Elton John and Ed Sheeran duetting on “A Team.”
8:10 p.m.: LL Cool J intro by Jodie Foster—@sfj
8:09 p.m.: Brittany Howard is not amused by LL Cool J.
8:06 p.m.: Since waking up this morning, Taylor Swift fell in love, endured a bad break-up, and wrote 4 nominated songs about it. #GrammysWithJoel—@joelmchale
8:05 p.m.: “I’m happy to say that my friend T-Swizzle has already won a Grammy tonight.”—LL Cool J opening the show with a new nickname for Taylor Swift.
8:01 p.m.: Uh, really? We’re gonna open with Taylor Swift as the Mad Hatter singing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” I guess.
8 p.m.: And we’re off!
7:23 p.m.: The show hasn’t even started yet, but there have already been plenty of awards doled out at the pre-ceremony. Gotye and Kimbra have won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” The Black Keys have taken home Best Rock Song for “Lonely Boy” as well as Best Rock Album for El Camino and Miguel has won Best R&B Performance for “Adorn.” Kanye West and Jay-Z have won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “N—-as in Paris,” and Bonnie Raitt has upset The Lumineers in the Best Americana Album category. Check out a list of all the pre-ceremony winners here.