Carroll County Times

Five things to watch for during Grammy Awards

Last year, Adele dominated the major categories, Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston and the controversial Chris Brown was among the featured presenters.

In music, the artists are always changing. New hits are churned out every year. And, as always, the Grammy Awards will look considerably different than the year before.

When the Grammy Awards are broadcast at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS, Adele is nominated in just one major category this year.

Several of those nominated in major categories were just getting their careers started this time last year. The list includes pop rockers Fun., who are nominated for six Grammys, including Best Album and Top New Artist. Former "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson is nominated for three awards.

Here are five things to watch for as the Grammys are presented Sunday.

1. The performances: The Grammys always cram in several performances from the industry's top names. This year's performers include Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting performing together. Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert and fun. are also among those expected on stage.

2. The local ties: Once again, a few former Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair acts are nominated for awards. The Eli Young Band is nominated for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo Performance for "Even If It Breaks Your Heart." Jamey Johnson is nominated for Best Country Album for "Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran."

3. The tribute: Carole King has been named this year's recipient of the Grammy Award's Lifetime Achievement Award. She won a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1971 for "You've Got a Friend." She becomes one of the few artists to win a Song of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award nods. The list includes Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel.

4. The new artists: One of the more intriguing categories each year is Top New Artist and the household names don't always win. Two years ago, jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber. This year's nominees: Alabama Shakes, Fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers and Frank Ocean.

5. The final category: Typically, the Grammy Awards close out with Album of the Year, the most prestigious award doled out. Last year, Adele capped a huge evening by winning this honor for "21." This year's nominees are The Black Keys, Fun., Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Jack White.