58th annual Grammy Awards to feature unique collaborations, stiff competition

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LOS ANGELES (WIAT) — It’s the music industry biggest night as the 58th annual Grammy Awards sees the industry’s best singers and musicians take the stage in Los Angeles.

This year’s show is packed with unique collaborations and stiff competition, but it also promises to stir up a lot of emotions after the recent deaths of many music legends.

Rapper and nominee Pitbull will rock the Grammy stage with a diverse mash-up of musicians.

“And man, we’re up there with Joe Perry from Aerosmith,” said Pitbull. “Common man, it doesn’t get more rock n’ roll than that.”

The performance is part of a Grammy tradition that partners artists from different genres and generations and features rising stars like first-time nominee Andra Day. The soul singer will meld her voice with pop star Ellie Goulding in a duet.

Organizers said this year’s Grammys at the Staples Center is different from previous years. The show will be filled with stirring tributes to honor the long list of music legends who died recently.

“Album of the year” contender Chris Stapleton will lead an all-star tribute to blues icon BB King.

Gary Clark Jr. and King’s close friend Bonnie Raitt will also perform.

Lady Gaga’s homage to the late David Bowie is expected to be among the night’s biggest performances. Nile Rodgers put together the elaborate tribute.

But the biggest spotlight may belong to Taylor Swift, who is up for 7 Grammys and rapper Kendrick Lamar, who leads with 11 nominations.

The Eagles will honor the band’s co-founder Glenn Frey.

Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind, & Fire’s Maurice White, and Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland are among the other artists who will also be remembered.

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