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3.37pm (8.37pm in LA) Daft Punk win Album of the Year for Random Access Memories.
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3.07pm (8.07pm in LA) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna and Queen Latifah perform Same Love. 30 gay couples get married during the performance and Madonna sings Open Your Heart to them. Here come the tears.
3.00pm (8.00pm in LA) Daft Punk win Record of the Year for Get Lucky.
2.40pm (7.40pm in LA) Lorde wins Song of the Year for Royals.
Cue the entire audience, including Beyonce, getting up to dance. It’s like one big famous mosh pit over there.
2.10pm (7.10pm in LA) Pharrell’s hat already has its own Twitter account.
2.05pm (7.05pm in LA) Bruno Mars wins Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox.
1.40pm (6.40pm in LA) Jay-Z wins Rap/Sung Collaboration for Holy Grail featuring Justin Timberlake.
1.35pm (6.35pm in LA) Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath introduce Ringo Starr to the stage.
Ozzy needs subtitles because he’s incoherent and Ringo kills it on the stage singing his song Photograph.
1.24pm (6.24pm in LA) Lorde wins!
The 17 year-old wins Best Pop Solo Performance for Royals, tells the audience, “This is the one thing that I did not expect.”
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1.12pm (6.12pm in LA) The awards so far.
Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best Rock Song: Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear for Cut Me Some Slack.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk & Pharrell for Get Lucky
1.06pm (6.06pm in LA) Taylor Swift performs.
The star chose to perform her song All Too Well (rumoured to be about Jake Gyllenhaal) based on the requests of her fans.
1.00pm (6.00pm in Los Angeles) John Legend performs All of Me.
Serenades his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, who is watching from the audience.
12.45pm (5.45pm in Los Angeles) Katy Perry performs her hit Dark Horse.
Her stage outfit is a big contrast to her feminine dress on the red carpet: reminiscent of a Cher costume and covered in tiny bright red lights.
12.25pm (5.25pm in Los Angeles) Lorde performs Royals.
The 17 year-old New Zealand-born teen looked nearly unrecognisable with straight hair and kept her performance simple, with very little lighting and certainly no costume changes.
12.15pm (5.15pm in Los Angeles) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win the Best New Artist award.
When accepting their award, Macklemore tells the crowd “I want to say, we made this album without a record label. We made it independently and we appreciate all the support.”
12.10pm (5.10pm in Los Angeles) Beyonce and Jay-Z open the show.
They perform her new hit, Drunk in Love together with plenty of hip grinding.
12.00pm (5.00pm in Los Angeles) Pharrell Williams arrives on the red carpet.
Wearing a seriously strange hat. Is that a warped Akubra?
11.30am (4.30pm in Los Angeles) Red carpet arrivals start.
Music’s top stars have hit the Grammys’ red carpet, with veterans like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppellin up against younger hopefuls, including New Zealand songstress Lorde and French electro duo Daft Punk.
Taylor Swift arrived on the carpet looking gorgeous in a golden sheath dress, Katy Perry chose a ball gown patterned with music notes and brought her brother as her date and Madonna is wearing a tux and has brought her son, David, along to the show.
Older acts also up for honours at music’s version of the Oscars, include rock dinosaurs Led Zeppellin, the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and the Beatles, whose surviving members were due to perform. Black Sabbath’s lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne represented the band on the red carpet with his wife, Sharon, and playfully gave reporters and photographers the finger.
LA rapper Kendrick Lamar, pop diva Taylor Swift, chart-topper Justin Timberlake and Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also among those vying for prizes at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are due to perform as Recording Academy organisers belatedly bestow a Lifetime Achievement Award on the Fab Four.
Performers at the awards show include a who’s who of music’s finest, ranging from Katy Perry and Robin Thicke to veterans Carole King, Chicago and Madonna.
Perhaps the most exciting performance to hit the stage will be from the first couple of hip-hop, Jay-Z and Beyonce, who are also expected to perform their hit Crazy in Love at the show, brought forward from its usual February date to avoid media conflicts with the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Going into Sunday’s show, Jay-Z has the most nominations with nine nods, followed by California hip-hop star Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Timberlake and Pharrell Williams with seven each, while Canadian rapper Drake scored five.
Shortlisted for Song of the Year – for songwriters – were Just Give Me A Reason sung by Pink, Locked Out Of Heaven sung by Mars, Roar sung by Perry, Royals sung by Lorde and Same Love sung by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
— with Susannah Guthrie