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12 February 2012, 17:35
Capital takes a closer look at tonight's annual musical extravaganza in Los Angeles.
Stars including Adele and Rihanna are preparing to arrive at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles for this year's Grammy Awards.
Of course the evening will somewhat be overshadowed by the sad and tragic passing of legendary singer Whitney Houston – who died yesterday (11th February).
However, the show must go on and on it shall with Adele set to make her live return from throat surgery and Rihanna teaming up with Coldplay.
The evening is regarded as the biggest night in music with acts fighting out in a total of 78 categories.
Winning a Grammy can be the pinnacle of any acts' career and this year's ceremony will be no different.
Tonight will see the highly anticipated live return of Adele 21 weeks after her throat surgery. The singer is up for a huge plethora of awards on the night but her performance will be one of most talked about events of the night.
Another stand out performance is likely to be the collaboration between Rihanna and Coldplay who will join forces for their track 'Princess Of China'.
Maroon 5's Adam Levine will join the reunited Beach Boys and Indie act Foster The People on stage and Katy Perry is also due to offer something spectacular.
Nicki Minaj will perform her new song 'Roman Holiday' and there is even time for a supergroup showing of Foo Fighters, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Lil Wayne and Deadmau5.
There will also be an emotional tribute from Jennifer Hudson for Whitney Houston as well as an honouring of the late Etta James.
Of course there is the small matter of handing out 78 awards on the night. Adele, Bruno Mars and Kanye West are all up for a whole host of prizes as well as the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.
Kanye leads the charge with seven nods ahead of Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars on six.
The Album Of The Year category is always one of the most talked about with many picking Adele's '21' to take home the top prize. She will face stiff competition from Rihanna's 'Loud' and Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' though if she is to take home the gong.
Another hotly anticipated category is the Best New Artist with Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj having a fantastic 2011 and 2012 so far.
The Record Of The Year category is another strong one for Adele as she hopes 'Rolling In The Deep' will beat off the likes of Katy Perry's 'Firework' and Bruno Mars' smash hit 'Grenade'.
Whatever the outcome it promises to be a fantastic night in Los Angeles. Don't forget to keep it Capital for all the latest news and pictures from the event as it happens.