Grammy awards will be given away Sunday in 82 categories, from Record of the Year to Best Music Film. (Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Green Day, Mumford & Son and Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite are up for the latter.)
The great majority of the trophies will be presented off camera in a ceremony that precedes the telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which begins at 8 on CBS. My story in Thursday's Inquirer broke down the Who Will Win - Who Should Win question in the four major categories of record, song and album of the year, plus best new artist. You can read that here.
The playlist you will find below, however, is drawn from the full range of nominees. Every song, from La Santa Cecilia's "Monedita" to Miguel's "How Many Drinks" to Neil Young's "Psychedelic Pill," is either up for an award on its own or included on a nominated album.
If you've got Spotify, you can click and listen below to the 26 song mix, which begins with Vampire Weekend's "Diane Young," which is on Modern Vampires In The City, up for Alternative Music Album, and ends with Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself To Dance," from album of the year nominee Random Access Memories.
Songs from Kendrick Lamar, Mavis Staples, Bobby Rush, Disclosure, John Legend, Steve Earle, Kacey Musgraves, Gary Clark Jr., Taylor Swift, Queens of the Stone Age and Drake, among others, are in there, too, collectively putting up a fight against the argument that the Grammys don't actually recognize any good music.
A master list of the nominees is here.