OFFSTAGE: Watch Grammy Red Carpet Live on MTV and CMT.com

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Everyone knows the best part of the Grammys often happens before the actual awards telecast. That’s when the artists and songwriters and music insiders arrive to walk the red carpet in style, talking about who they are wearing and how they’re going to celebrate after the show. And now you can watch all those interviews live on MTV during a telecast hosted by MTV News’ Sway and James Montgomery or by streaming the red carpet special on MTV.com or CMT.com. The three glamorous hours begin at 5 p.m. ET. You never know which country stars will have time to “do the carpet,” but so many of them are nominated, performing and presenting, we’re bound to see at least a handful of our genre’s best and brightest. If I was on that red carpet, I’d try to chat with The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and more. Are you going to watch?

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.