It’s pandemic awards-show season, which, so far, has meant a number of technological glitches and acceptance speeches given from the sofa. But the manager producer of the Grammys on Sunday promises that this one gained’t offer you “Zoom fatigue.”
We’ll see about that.
The 63rd annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah from “The Daily Show,” comes throughout a difficult time for the music trade — after a 12 months of canceled excursions, shuttered music venues and uncertainty across the short-term way forward for reside music. The present was initially deliberate for January however was postponed for six weeks over issues in regards to the unfold of the coronavirus in California.
The performances have been engineered to seem like a steady broadcast, though some are pretaped. They will happen on 5 levels, organized going through one another within the spherical, close to the awards’ standard dwelling of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
On prime of pandemic-related issues, the trade is rife with behind-the-scenes controversy: For years, there have been complaints of bias in opposition to girls and Black artists, along with grievances over an opaque Grammys voting system that critics say is unfair and out of contact. The Weeknd, who acquired no nominations this 12 months regardless of releasing a commercially and critically profitable album, stated that he would boycott the awards any longer due to the key committees that oversee nominations in 61 of the present’s 84 classes.
But on Sunday, the Recording Academy is planning a program that reveals a happier, extra unified aspect of the music trade.
What time do the festivities begin?
The ceremony begins at eight p.m. Eastern time, 5 p.m. Pacific. You can tune in on CBS or stream the present on Paramount+, a brand new streaming platform that just lately changed CBS All Access.
There is an earlier Grammys ceremony beginning at three p.m. Eastern time, midday Pacific. Hosted by the singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko (a Grammy nominee herself), the present options performances by a number of nominees, together with the Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy, the blues musician Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and the German pianist Igor Levit. There are additionally greater than 70 Grammys awarded at this ceremony, which is streamed on Grammy.com and on the Grammys YouTube channel.
Is there a crimson carpet present?
Yes. The Grammys preshow, which incorporates the crimson carpet stream, begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. There would be the typical giddy preshow interviews with stars and glimpses on the backstage setup. You can watch that on Grammy.com; it’s going to even be streaming on Facebook Live.
Who will likely be performing in the principle ceremony?
Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, BTS, Harry Styles, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion — to call a couple of. Because of the pandemic, the Recording Academy describes its strategy as “coming together, while still safely apart.”
Also on the lineup are Bad Bunny, Doja Cat, Maren Morris, Roddy Ricch, Post Malone, Lil Baby and Mickey Guyton, the primary Black feminine artist to be nominated for finest nation solo efficiency. One notable absence is Adele, whose potential look was the topic of fervent fan hypothesis on-line.
What do you have to look ahead to?
Beyoncé, who has 9 nominations, will likely be aiming for her first win in a significant class since 2010; a group of our critics and reporters discussed whether or not she might win document of the 12 months with “Black Parade.” She might additionally rating a win from her function on “Savage (Remix)” with Megan Thee Stallion. The different contenders for Record of the Year embody Dua Lipa (“Don’t Start Now”), DaBaby that includes Roddy Ricch (“Rockstar”), Doja Cat (“Say So”), Billie Eilish (“Everything I Wanted”), Post Malone (“Circles”) and Black Pumas (“Colors”).
Taylor Swift didn’t rating a nomination within the prime class, however she has 5 nominations related to “Folklore,” an album made totally in quarantine.
One novel function of the Grammys this 12 months focuses on these hardest hit by the pandemic. The present will spotlight the struggles of independent music venues by having workers members from 4 reside music spots — the Troubadour and the Hotel Café in Los Angeles, the Apollo Theater in New York and Nashville’s Station Inn — current numerous award classes and encourage followers to help their native golf equipment.