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2015 Grammys: Who to Watch and Who to Root For

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The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. In preparation for the event, we’ve sorted through the nominees to bring you our Guide to the 2015 Grammys.

Even though there was plenty of great music made by classic rockers in 2014, they were shut out of the major awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Still, the genre categories offer plenty of our favorites, from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Motorhead to newer acts like the Black Keys and Jack White.

In addition, the categories dedicated to movies, production and packaging also caught our eye. Plus, Wayne Shorter, the saxophonist best known for the ‘70s fusion group Weather Report and who’s appeared on albums by Steely Dan, Don Henley and Joni Mitchell, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Below are the categories that are of interest to us, and we’ve put the nominated classic rockers in italics.

LIVE PERFORMANCES

We’ll definitely be tuned into the telecast on Feb. 8 to see AC/DC make their first performance on U.S. soil since their tour in support of ’Black Ice’ ended in 2010. Chris Slade, who drummed with the band from 1989-94, will fill in for Phil Rudd, who is dealing with all sorts of legal issues at the moment.

In addition, ELO will be backing Ed Sheeran. The newest incarnation of Jeff Lynne‘s band, which hasn’t toured since 1986, was launched for a U.K. festival last summer.

Plus, Paul McCartney will be sharing a stage with new pals Kanye West and Rihanna. They are scheduled to give the debut performance of their collaborative single, ‘FourFiveSeconds.’ Given the combined starpower, this is likely to close out the show.

57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEES 

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
Ryan Adams, ‘Gimme Something Good’
Arctic Monkeys, ‘Do I Wanna Know?’
Beck, ‘Blue Moon’
The Black Keys, ‘Fever’
Jack White, ‘Lazaretto’ 

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE
Anthrax, ‘Neon Knights’
Mastodon, ‘High Road’
Motorhead, ‘Heartbreaker’
Slipknot, ‘The Negative One’
Tenacious D, ‘The Last in Line’ 

BEST ROCK SONG
Ryan Adams, ‘Gimme Something Good’
Beck, ‘Blue Moon’
The Black Keys, ‘Fever’
Paramore, ‘Ain’t It Fun’
Jack White, ‘Lazaretto’

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Ryan Adams, ‘Ryan Adams’
Beck, ‘Morning Phase’
The Black Keys, ‘Turn Blue’
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, ‘Hypnotic Eye’
U2, ‘Songs of Innocence’

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Alt-J, ‘This Is All Yours’
Arcade Fire, ‘Reflektor’
Cage the Elephant, ‘Melophobia’
St. Vincent, ‘St. Vincent’
Jack White, ‘Lazaretto’

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE
Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal, ‘Statesboro Blues’
Rosanne Cash, ‘A Feather’s Not a Bird’
Billy Childs featuring Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas, ‘And When I Die’
Keb’ Mo’ featuring the California Feet Warmers, ‘The Old Me Better’
Nickel Creek, ‘Destination’

BEST BLUES ALBUM
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, ‘Common Ground’
Ruthie Foster, ‘Promise of a Brand New Day’
Charlie Musselwhite, ‘Juke Joint Chapel’
Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’, ‘Decisions’
Johnny Winter, ‘Step Back’

BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
James Brown, ‘Get on Up: The James Brown Story’
Various Artists, ’American Hustle
Various Artists, ‘Frozen’
Various Artists, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Various Artists, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
FKA Twigs, ‘LP1′
The Muddy Basin Ramblers, ‘Formosa Medicine Show’
Passenger, ‘Whispers’
The Pixies, ‘Indie Cindy’
Pearl Jam, ‘Lightning Bolt’

BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE
The Grateful Dead, ‘Spring 1990 (The Other One)’
Imogen Heap, ‘Sparks’
Neil Young, ‘A Letter Home’
Various Artists, ‘Cities Of Darkscorch’
Various Artists, ‘The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One’

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
Paul Epworth (Paul McCartney, ‘New’)
John Hill (Shakira, Eminem)
Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Eric Church)
Greg Kurstin (Katy Perry, Lana del Rey)
Max Martin (Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift)

BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM
Vladimir Ashkenazy & Philharmonia Orchestra, ‘Beppe: Remote Galaxy’
Beyonce, ‘Beyonce’
David Miles Huber, ‘Chamberland: The Berlin Remixes’
Pink Floyd, ‘The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set)’
Benjamin Zander & Philharmonia Orchestra, ‘Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’’
Song Zuying, Yu Long & China Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Epics of Love’

BEST MUSIC FILM
Beyonce & Jay Z, ‘Beyonce & Jay Z: On the Run Tour’
Coldplay, ‘Ghost Stories’
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill, ‘20 Feet from Stardom’ 
Metallica, ‘Metallica Through the Never’
Pink, ‘The Truth about Love Tour: Live from Melbourne’

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