Award season is well underway, with one of the biggest nights in music, the 63rd Grammy Awards, airing this Sunday, March 14, at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on CBS. The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah will be the night’s host. The award show’s original date was set for January 31, but due to COVID-19, the date was pushed back for two months. The Recording Academy added CDC guideline preparations to ensure the safety of the staff and artists that will be on-site.
How can I watch the Grammys?
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on March 14, 2021, at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
The awards show is available on streaming services that have access to CBS.
Where is the 2021 Grammy Award show being held?
According to Variety, the show will be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center’s outdoor section. The convention center is next door to the Staples Center, which has been the home for the Grammys for many years.
Will there be a red carpet and live performances?
Variety reports that the Grammys will have an in-person red carpet that will feature only performers and nominees. The carpet will have fewer media personnel than normal.
Ben Winston, Grammy executive producer, told the outlet that he was not interested having a show that was disconnected. “The show will have four stages for performances and one stage for presenters. The performers and nominees will come together as an audience while remaining social distanced. So it’s a room of incredible musicians, all safely distanced from each other, and every 45 minutes a new four groups come in and the [previous] four go out,” explained Winston.
Harry Styles is the opening performer for the ceremony. Lil Baby will perform his Best Rap Song nominated track, “The Bigger Picture,” for a social justice-themed tribute. Taylor Swift, Cardi B, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, Bad Bunny, John Mayer, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, and many other artists are also set to perform.
Selena, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Talking Heads, Lionel Hampton, Marilyn Horne, and Salt-N-Pepa are receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Recording Academy will also honor Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Ed Cherney, and Benny Golson with the Trustee Award.
Who can we expect to see at the Grammys?
Beyoncé has taken the lead for most nominations for her visual album Black Is King. Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, and Roddy Rich are in second place for nominations as they each received six. Dua Lipa was nominated for Album of Year for Future Nostalgia along with Swift’s album Folklore. Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé’s TikTok hit “Savage” is in the race for Record of Year.
Are there pre-shows to watch?
The Grammy Premiere Ceremony will start streaming at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT on Grammy.com. The Recording Academy announced Jhené Aiko would be the host of the event. Aiko is a nominee at this year’s ceremony, with her album Chilombo up for Album of the Year. The Premiere Ceremony will announce many winners and feature performances from Burna Boy, Rufus Wainwright, and more.
Billboard is partnering with Facebook for a Grammy Pre-Show. According to Billboard, the live pre-show will have a Fan Zone where fans can virtually interact with their favorite Grammy-nominated artists. The live stream will start at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT on the Grammy Awards’ Facebook page.
E! will have coverage of the big award night, covering all things Grammys starting at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT.
Could anyone make history at the Grammys?
Despite the controversy around this year’s ceremony, notably given its snub of The Weeknd, some artists could still make history on Sunday. Billboard predicts that Swift will receive the Album of the Year award, making her first woman to win in the category three-times. “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé is predicted make history too, being the first all-female collaboration to win Record of the Year.
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