This year’s Grammys will look different because of the coronavirus pandemic, including no live audience and a lot of precautions. Still, first-time host Trevor Noah promises a show full of surprises and live performances Sunday.
“There’s going to be stages that are intricately designed to be socially distanced but at the same time engaging with the people, so it’ll feel like you’re there at some sort of music-festival-meets-awards-show-meets-special-concert just for you at home,” “The Daily Show” host said.
How to watch the Grammys
What: The 63rd annual Grammy Awards
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Time: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Location: Los Angeles, California
On TV: CBS
Online stream: Paramount+ (ET Live‘s coverage starts at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and continues after the Grammys in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device.)
The show will also pay tribute to live-music venues that the pandemic has greatly affected.
Employees from shuttered spots like the Troubadour in Los Angeles and the Apollo Theater in New York City will present awards for various categories throughout the night.
The list of this year’s live performers is a who’s who of music’s hottest acts, from Cardi B and BTS to Billie Eilish and Megan Thee Stallion.
“People are gonna have really fun,” said Jhay Cortez, who’s performing with Bad Bunny. “I mean, it just reminds you of being in the club.”
As for who stands to take home the most trophies, it’s Beyoncé at the head of the pack with nine nominations, including two nods for record of the year.
Roddy Ricch, Taylor Swift, and Dua Lipa go into the ceremony with six nominations each.
“I’d probably be lying if I said it wasn’t scary to be like, OK, if I have to now come up with interesting TV performances where I have to sing from my kitchen … but it definitely makes you think outside the box,” Lipa said.
But this year’s nominations aren’t without controversy, most notably the lack of nods for The Weeknd, who was shut out entirely.
“I’m sorry, that’s the biggest snub in Grammy history,” said Jem Aswad, Variety magazine‘s deputy music editor. “I don’t know what they were thinking.”
2021 Grammys performers
- Bad Bunny
- Cardi B
- Doja Cat
- Billie Eilish
- Mickey Guyton
- Brittany Howard
- Miranda Lambert
- Lil Baby
- Dua Lipa
- Chris Martin
- Megan Thee Stallion
- Roddy Ricch
- Harry Styles
- Taylor Swift