Grammy Show Delivers Diversity: Madonna To Metallica

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Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

The Grammy, music's most prestigious honor, gets a 3 1/2-hour showcase to honor the industry's brightest talent. While fans root for their favorites to collect the gold, they don't tune in for endless marches to the podium.

And that's not what they get.

Viewers can expect a marathon musical revue and a trickle of trophies. Between 69 and 71 of the 82 Grammy awards will be dispensed at the pre-telecast.

The rest will be sandwiched between performances by the industry's hottest stars.

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Jay Z leads this year's pack with nine nominations. Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams each have seven, and Drake and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig have five.

Who sweeps or goes home empty-handed may be less memorable than the night's wild diversity and fabled matchups.

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