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The 59th Grammy Awards, which honor the best in music from folk to pop, are being handed out Sunday.

Various trophies are given out during the afternoon before the biggest names hit the red carpet and later, the stage at the ceremony — hosted by James Corden — broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles. On tap: a teased team-up of Lady Gaga and Metallica plus an anticipated performance from Beyoncé, who’s up for nine awards including album of the year.

Here is a minute-by-minute breakdown (ET) of the Grammy festivities:

6:45: Backstage with press, Lori McKenna calls her Grammy-winning country tune for Tim McGraw, Humble and Kind, “a school day song”: “I dropped my kids off in the morning and sat in my yoga pants and wrote.  It’s a very simple song, talking about things I want my kids to know. And I tried to make sure I had a line to apply to each of my kids.”

6:25: Cage the Elephant’s Tell Me I’m Pretty is named best rock album, Blackstar gets a fourth Grammy of the night for best alternative album, Adele wins best pop solo for Hello and pop vocal album for 25Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin snags traditional pop vocal album, and Greg Kurstin — who’s worked with Adele, Sia and Gwen Stefani, among others — is named producer of the year (non-classical) to bring the preshow awards to a close.

6:23: Megadeth wins its first Grammy ever — for best metal performance for Dystopia. “It took 12 tries to get this,” says frontman Dave Mustaine.

6:21: Bowie’s Blackstar garners its third win of the night, this time for best rock performance. Band member Donny McCaslin calls Bowie an “artistic genius, kind man and a funny-as-hell guy.”

6:15: Chance the Rapper is shaking with nerves and letting expletives fly when accepting his best rap performance Grammy for No Problem. And Drake’s Hotline Bling takes best rap/sung performance as well as best rap song.

6:11: Beyonce isn’t the only one in the Knowles family taking Grammys: Her sister Solange wins best R&B performance for Cranes in the Sky. Lalah Hathaway gets best traditional R&B performance for Angel and best R&B album for Lalah Hathaway Live — plus gives a shoutout to the late Al Jarreau — while Hod David & Musze win best R&B song for Maxwell’s Lake by the Ocean.

6:08: Patton Oswalt takes best comedy album for Talking for Clapping. “I reached my Fitbit goal running down here, it’s great,” he jokes when accepting his trophy. “This has not been a fun year for me or a lot of people but I’m going to be as goofy and obnoxious as I can to help.”

6:05: Reggae master Ziggy Marley hits the stage to croon a horn-driven rendition of his song Amen. Just a few minutes later, he wins best reggae album for last year’s self-titled sixth solo effort. “Music can change the world and we must use that power wisely and use it now … to benefit humankind,” says Marley.

5:58: Sarah Jarosz wins her second Grammy of the night, best folk album for Undercurrent. Then Kalani Pe’a sings “You are so beautiful to me” to his Grammy after his regional roots music album win for his debut E Walea. “I had a speech impediment at 4 years old and my mom introduced music to me. Music saved my life.”

5:56: Fantastic Negrito wins top contemporary blues album for The Last Days of Oakland. “We did this right from our living room with a lot of heart and a lot of soul and I’m so glad it resonated with a lot of people,” says Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, aka Fantastic Negrito.

5:52: The O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor snags best bluegrass album for Coming Home, and best traditional blues album goes to Bobby Rush’s Porcupine Meat. “This is my 374th record and … finally,” says the 83-year-old Rush.

5:46: Sarah Jarosz, who was just presenting awards not long ago, wins best American roots performance for House of Mercy. Vince Gill gets best American roots song for the Time Jumpers’ Kid Sister, and William Bell’s This is Where I Live is named best Americana album. “This is quite a surprise and I’m very humbled by it,” says Bell.

5:42: Jesse & Joy’s Un Besito Mas snags best Latin pop album, iLe’s iLevitable gets best Latin rock album, Vicente Fernández wins best regional Mexican music album for Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo), and the Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo’s Donde Están? takes best tropical Latin album.

5:36: Backstage, the producers of the Grammy-winning music video Formation had nothing but good things to say about Queen Bey. 

“There’s never a bad day with Beyonce,” says Juliette Larthe. And Nathan Scherrer adds he was surprised by “how hard she works. It’s insane. She’s like the queen. She works harder than anyone.”

5:33: Sturgill Simpson takes best country album for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. He dedicates the award to his family and adds, “I guess the revolution won’t be televised.” Plus, Lori McKenna wins best country song for Tim McGraw’s Humble and Kind.

5:29: Pentatonix and Dolly Parton win best country duo/group performance for Jolene. It’s Pentatonix’s third Grammy, Parton’s eighth.

5:26: Chucho Valdés wins best Latin jazz album for Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac, followed by the trophy for roots gospel album going to Joey+Rory’s Hymns.

5:22: Guitarist John Scofield wins two Grammys — best improvised jazz solo for I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and jazz instrumental album for Country For Old Men — while Gregory Porter’s Take Me to the Alley gets best jazz vocal album and the Ted Nash Big Band wins its second honor, for large jazz ensemble for Presidential Suite.

5:19: Snarky Puppy’s Culcha Vulcha garners the honor for contemporary instrumental album.

5:13: Judy Collins is on stage and behind a piano for a performance of Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne.

5:08: The Chainsmokers take best dance recording for Don’t Let Me Down, and dance/electronic album goes to Flume’s Skin.

5:04: Michael Daugherty wins two more Grammys for Tales Of Hemingway: contemporary classical composition and classical compendium.

5:03: First Grammy tie of the year! Schumann & Berg and Shakespeare Songs both take best classical solo vocal album.

5:02: Cellist Zuill Bailey wins best classical instrumental solo for Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway. “They don’t teach you what it feels like to be in this position,” says Bailey.

4:59:Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1 gets best choral performance, and Third Coast Percussion’s Steve Reich wins for best chamber music/small ensemble performance.

4:55: David Frost takes home producer of the year (classical), Boston Symphony wins orchestral performance for Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9, and best opera recording goes to Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles — giving a second Grammy of the day to the Los Angeles Opera’s album.

4:53: Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles garners honors for best engineered classical album.

4:42: Director Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years is named best music film.

4:41: Beyonce garners her first Grammy of the day, taking best music video for Formation.

4:39: Comedy legend Carol Burnett’s In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox wins best spoken word album.

4:37: “Kid-hop” musician Secret Agent 23 Skidoo gets best children’s album for Infinity Plus One.

4:33: Sing Me Home wins best world music album for legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

4:30: Kirk Franklin’s back to pick up another Grammy for best gospel album Losing My Religion, while Hillary Scott’s back on stage to accept contemporary Christian album for Love Remains.

4:27: Thy Will, a tune by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family, wins for contemporary Christian performance/song.

4:23: Tamela Mann’s God Provides, penned by Kirk Franklin, wins best gospel performance/song. “This is gospel so hallelujah!” a teary Mann says. “This is amazing. My mom would be so happy right now.”

4:21: White Sun grabs best new age album for White Sun II. “We just want our music to make something better for somebody somewhere,” says singer Gurujas.

4:16: Are you ready for some bluegrass? The O’Connor Band takes the stage for a little Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man?

4:11:Tearing Me Up gets best remixed non-classical recording, followed by best surround sound album going to the Seattle Symphony’s Dutilleux: Sur Le Même Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L’instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement.

4:08: Edith Piaf 1915-2015 is awarded best limited-edition package, and Blackstar takes its second Grammy for best engineered non-classical album.

4:03: The late David Bowie’s final album Blackstar wins for best recording package.

3:58: Jacob Collier’s You and I takes best instrumental arrangement. “There’s never been a better time to be a young creative person than in 2017,” he says. He then wins his second Grammy, for instrumental and vocal arrangement, for Flintstones.

3:55: Ted Nash Big Band wins for instrumental composition for Spoken at Midnight from Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom, a piece commissioned by Wynton Marsalis. “This album is very, very personal for me,” Nash says. “It’s about the nonviolent struggle for freedom.”

3:53: Justin Timberlake snags his first Grammy of 2017: The Trolls song Can’t Stop the Feeling is named best song written for visual media.

3:51: John Williams’ music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens wins best soundtrack for visual media. That makes 23 Grammys for the iconic composer.

3:49: Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s directorial feature where he also starred as Miles Davis, takes top compilation soundtrack for visual media.

3:46: The Broadway show The Color Purple takes the first Grammy of the day, for best musical theater album. Of her fellow cast members, star Cynthia Erivo says, “Those voices are something very special.”

3:42: Margaret Cho hosts the preshow ceremony, which will dole out 75 Grammys. She decided to wear a wig resembling “Weird Al” Yankovic’s hair because they’re both up for best comedy album and he’s not here. “I think I’m going to win with his hair.”

Contributing: Bryan Alexander

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