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The glitz and glamour that celebrates the largest music awards ceremony of the year, the 59th annual Grammy awards, airs Feb. 12. America will tune in to see their favorite music artists walk the red carpet, sing chart-topping hits and find out who will earn a golden gramophone in select categories.

Packed with over a dozen live performances, announcements a selection of winners from 84 categories and their acceptance speeches, will last over three hours. Before the show begins, media outlets spend five hours covering the star-studded red carpet.

Inah Enolva, a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences watches the show to hear live performances of her most played songs on Spotify and see her favorite artists hopefully take home a Grammy.

Leading the way with the nine overall nominations is Beyonce, followed closely by Drake and Rihanna with eight each. Enolva could not choose who she thought would win album of the year because of the strong list of contenders.

“I always have to go with Queen B. Beyoncé is going to take (it) home,” she said.

While many performers are Grammy veterans, one artist is a first time nominee and recent addition to the show’s long lineup. Sturgill Simpson, who’s album “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” is nominated for Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year, will perform alongside the likes of John Legend, Alicia Keys and Adele.

While Simpson album remains #3 on Billboard‘s top 200, his relatively new break into the top charts brings up questions about whether or not Grammy awards are given based on the quality of the music.

For Album of the Year, Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Drake all landed within the Billboard’s Top 10 Best Selling Albums of 2016, meaning Simpson is the only nominee that hadn’t accumulated mass attention before the nominees were announced in December.

Kelly Kohl, a sophomore in the College of Communication, believes only the big names get the awards. She also think the artists on the radio are intertwined with well-known award shows.

“The Grammys are a big name award show and if they had (lesser known) artists nominated, no one would watch that because it doesn’t appeal to mass audiences,” she said. “(Awards go to) the most popular artists and who makes the most money.”

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