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Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
PBS, Friday, 9 ET/PT (times may vary)

PBS opens Grammy weekend with this salute to one of our greatest singers and songwriters. Among those set to perform in honor of the Motown legend are Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Kip Moore, Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding and BeBe Winans.

Robert Bianco’s live chat returns Feb. 27; see answers to recent reader questions

The Grammy Awards
CBS, Sunday, 8 ET/5 PT

This year, CBS turns the Grammys hosting job over to James Corden, whose Carpool Karaoke is one of the most amusing and appealing musical bits to hit TV in years. That should make him a good choice for what is reliably the most entertaining of the major award shows, both for the breadth and quality of its performances and for the tendency of its performers to do or wear something outrageous. This year’s announced performers include Adele (whose Carpool bit with Corden was a standout), John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Bruno Mars —performing at the Grammys for the first time since 2013. Oh, and don’t be surprised if Beyoncé shows up as well.

The Walking Dead
AMC, Sunday, 9 ET/PT

The Grammys, however, are not airing without considerable competition. AMC relaunches its still hugely popular Walking Dead — a show that might consider walking back some of its excessive violence and repetitive plotting if it wants to stay hugely popular.

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