Adele in Grammy win for Skyfall
Adele dominated the Grammys two years ago, and has tonight one another trophy.
The Brit won best song written for visual media for James Bond theme tune Skyfall, which also won an Oscar and Golden Globe last year.
She was one of the early winners at the Grammy Awards, which also saw Michael Buble take the best traditional pop vocal album for To Be Loved.
The major awards will be announced later, and ahead of the ceremony Macklemore said he believes Kendrick Lamar deserves the best rap album Grammy, but if he and his producer take home the award, he feels it is justified.
"I think that we made a great album that pushed the genre of hip-hop," the 30-year-old said. "I think that hip-hop can be at times resistant to change and when you see two white dudes from Seattle, Washington, rapping about gay marriage, it's like, 'Hold up, this isn't hip-hop,' when in actuality it is. Hip-hop has always been about expansion, about pushing the genre, about challenging the listener."
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, like Lamar, are nominated for seven trophies, and the performers will compete in five of the same categories.
Jay Z, keeping up the decade-long Grammy tradition of rappers leading in nominations, is the night's front-runner with nine, including nods for best rap album, rap song and rap performance. He's nominated twice for best rap/sung collaboration with Part II (On the Run) featuring Beyonce and Holy Grail with Justin Timberlake, whose comeback album earned him seven nominations but none in the major categories.
For top album, Macklemore & Lewis and Lamar's platinum-selling debuts, The Heist and Good kid, m.A.A.d city, will battle Taylor Swift's earth-shattering sales force Red, Daft Punk's electronic adventure Random Access Memories and the surprise nominee - The Blessed Unrest from the piano-playing Sara Bareilles.
Lorde's Royals is nominated for best pop solo performance and her debut, Pure Heroine, is up for pop vocal album, the award the 17-year-old hopes to bring home to New Zealand.
"Because it's about the album, which is this body of music that I've written," said Lorde, whose album will compete with efforts from Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Lana Del Rey. "That being said, I'm still going to be proud of what I've done if I don't win a Grammy."
Lorde is just one of the top females to hit the Grammy stage: Beyonce, Madonna, Carole King, Pink, Swift and Perry will also perform at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
The men are showing up, too, and performers include Metallica, Willie Nelson, Dave Grohl and Nine Inch Nails. Former Beatles Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney, who has two nominations, will sing separately on the telecast.
"I love it because you see a lot of people that you'll never see anywhere else and you'll see a lot of old friends," Starr said.