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Madonna will make her live return, playing music from her new album Rebel Heart; while Ed Sheeran will duet with Herbie Hancock and ELO?s Jeff Lynne.

Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney will also give the first performance of their collaboration, FourFiveSeconds.

But Taylor Swift has excused herself from performing at the ceremony in LA.

The star, whose single Shake It Off is up for record of the year, says she is too ?wrapped up and entangled? in planning her world tour to choreograph a Grammy performance.

?I?ll be there having a dance party/rage fest in the audience,? she added.

Among the artists Swift will be dancing to are Ariana Grande, Usher and Sia, whose hit single Chandelier is up for three prizes, including song of the year and record of the year (the former recognises the songwriter and the latter goes to the performer ? although, in this case, the two are the same).

Following her Super Bowl show last week, Katy Perry will perform with a survivor of domestic abuse during her segment.

The singer will perform her ballad By The Grace Of God with Brooke Axtelle, who will deliver a spoken-word piece.

?It?s an honour to collaborate with Katy in this way,? Axtell told People magazine. ?It?s going to bring a lot of encouragement and freedom to those who hear my story and know that they are not alone in this.?

The night will also see a host of duets ? including Hozier and Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Beck and Chris Martin; and Mary J Blige with Sam Smith.

Smith is also set to win several awards on the night, having tied with Beyonce and Pharrell to receive the most nominations for this year?s ceremony.

The British singer is shortlisted in six categories, including best new artist.

His gospel-tinged single Stay With Me is also up for best pop performance and record of the year.

Smith is also one of three British artists in the running for best pop album ? alongside Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande and Katy Perry.

Beyonce?s six nominations means she has surpassed Dolly Parton?s record as the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history.

Her tally is now 52 nominations and 17 wins, but she has a long way to go before she catches up with Alison Krauss, who has won more Grammys than any other woman, with 27 under her belt.

If, as expected, Beyonce wins album of the year for her self-titled fifth album she will tie with Aretha Franklin as the second most-garlanded woman in Grammy history.

There are a total of 83 categories at the ceremony. Other British nominees include Clean Bandit, whose hit single Rather Be is up for best dance single, and Alt-J, who are cited for best alternative album.

Pop singer Charli XCX also stands to win two prizes thanks to Fancy ? her collaboration with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea ? which topped the US charts for seven weeks last summer.

Azalea?s nomination caused a minor storm in the US, where several hip-hop stars accused her of appropriating black culture ? and being rewarded for it.

The 24-year-old has called the criticisms misogynistic, pointing out white male rappers like Eminem and Macklemore had not faced similar claims.

And she says the argument has not dimmed her hopes of winning on Sunday night.

?I don?t [even] care if I get a Grammy for best album artwork. A Grammy is a Grammy,? she said. ?Nobody says, ?Uh, what?s your Grammy for? ? No, this Grammy doesn?t count.?

?Any Grammy is equally as good. I?ll take any Grammy for anything. Any Grammy you?ve got, send them my way. I will not complain.?

Hosted by LL Cool J, the ceremony will begin at 20:00 ET on Sunday (01:00 GMT on Monday in the UK).

The BBC News website will bring live text coverage of the ceremony, while highlights from the show will be broadcast on 4 Music at 21:00 GMT on Monday 9 February.

Selected Nominees

Album of the Year

Morning Phase ? BeckBeyonce ? Beyoncex ? Ed SheeranIn the Lonely Hour ? Sam SmithGirl ? Pharrell Williams

Best new artist

Iggy AzaleaBastilleBrandy ClarkHaimSam Smith

Best rock album

Ryan Adams ? Ryan AdamsMorning Phase ? BeckTurn Blue ? The Black KeysHypnotic Eye ? Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersSongs of Innocence ? U2

Record of the year

Fancy ? Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX (pictured)Chandelier ? SiaStay With Me ? Sam SmithShake It Off ? Taylor SwiftAll About That Bass ? Meghan Trainor

Song of the year

All About That Bass ? Kevin Kadish and Meghan TrainorChandelier ? Sia and Jesse ShatkinShake It Off ? Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor SwiftStay With Me ? Jimmy Napes, William Phillips and Sam SmithTake Me to Church ? Hozier

Best pop vocal album

Ghost Stories ? ColdplayBangerz ? Miley CyrusMy Everything ? Ariana GrandePrism ? Katy Perryx ? Ed SheeranIn the Lonely Hour ? Sam Smith

Best pop solo performance

All of Me ? John LegendChandelier ? SiaStay With Me ? Sam SmithShake It Off ? Taylor SwiftHappy ? Pharrell Williams

Read the full list of nominees on the Grammy website

Source: BBC

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