2018 Grammy Awards pre-telecast details: 70 categories announced during afternoon ceremony on Jan. 28

The Grammys have so many awards to hand out that the prize-giving is split into two events. The bulk of the prizes for the 60th annual Grammy Awards will presented in the non-televised Premiere Ceremony set to take place hours before the big show on January 28.

The three-hour awardsfest that kicks off at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT will be hosted by Paul Shaffer in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. That 4,000 seat venue is part of the same complex as the main arena where the televised ceremony hosted by James Corden will take place that evening. This earlier event, in which winners of 70 categories will be revealed, will stream on both Grammy.com and CBS.com.

Among those set to perform are Grammy nominees Body Count, India.Arie, Jazzmeia Horn, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, and Stile Antico. Shaffer will also served as musical director with his World’s Most Dangerous Band serving as the house band.

The slate of presenters includes current Grammy nominees Zac Brown, Natalie Grant and Bernie Herms, Ledisi, Lisa Loeb and Neil deGrasse Tyson, as well as one-time recording academy chair Jimmy Jam.

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