Sunday night’s 55th annual Grammy Awards is bringing many of music’s biggest stars together to see who will win the industry’s most coveted prize. The top nominees include Frank Ocean, the Black Keys and Jack White, who will all be performing during the live ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson was in attendance for Clive Davis and the recording academy’s 2013 pre-Grammy gala on Saturday night, along with Brandy and British star Cher Lloyd. “The Grammys is just the Clive Davis after-party,” CBS CEO Les Moonves said while introducing the event’s host. Hudson performed a duet of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” with Gladys Knight toward the end of the night.
Earlier on Saturday, Beyonce joined sister Solange Knowles, husband Jay-Z and fellow Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland for the 2013 Roc Nation pre-Grammy’s brunch in West Hollywood. Buzz couple Rihanna and Chris Brown were also in attendance, and are expected to attend the Grammy ceremony together. The pair recently reconciled after a domestic violence dispute separated them on the night of the 2009 Grammys. Both artists are nominated for Grammys, and Rihanna will perform alongside Sting and Bruno Mars.
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Other highly anticipated performances include New Orleans jazz artists Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Adele, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. Timberlake is making a big re-entry to the music industry after a long hiatus. He has a sold-out concert scheduled after the Grammy ceremony at the Palladium in Los Angeles, and he will release his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience, in March, his first since 2006.