What To Expect at the 2021 Grammy’s

After the decision to postpone the 2021 ceremony due to COVID-19 and the political instability during the new year, the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards are finally starting to get into full swing. Host Trevor Noah and other celebrity A-listers will convene on Sunday, March 14 to celebrate and award music released from late 2019 through 2020, exactly one year after the country-wide lockdowns began. Although the show might look a little different this year, the Recording Academy maintains that they are prioritizing the health and safety of their vendors, employees and attendees. The ceremony won’t be completely different due to these new precautions; we can still expect to see many of the things that make the Grammy’s so successful. 

The Recording Academy has stated previously that there will still be red carpet and pre-show events, just at a smaller scale and with less outside crowds and media than in years pasts. The Grammy’s Premiere Ceremony will take place the afternoon of the ceremony, hosted by Jhene Aiko, will feature performances by nominees like rapper Burna Boy and artist Poppy; the full list of performers for this event can be found here. The red carpet coverage for the main show will begin later in the afternoon, and it can be watched through E!Online’s live stream via their website.

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After much anticipation, the Academy also revealed the list of performers this Sunday, and it is nothing to be disappointed by. The star-studded list includes Post Malone, BTS, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and many more; the full list can be viewed here. The Recording Academy wrote this sentiment following the announcement, “artists will be coming together, while still safely apart, to play music for each other as a community and celebrate the music that unites us all.”

Many of these highly anticipated performers are also nominees for a variety of categories, such as BTS for Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Harry Style’s list of three nominations for Music Video, Pop Vocal Album and Pop Solo Performance. Leading the pack for the most amount of nominations is Beyonce with nine, due to her success with hit records "Black Parade" and the "Savage" remix she was featured on with Megan Thee Stallion, as well as her 2020 film Black is King. The full list of all 83 categories and the nominees can be found here.

Even if these unprecedented times are leading to an unprecedented set of circumstances for an award show, one thing is for certain, the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards are bound to be memorable and era-defining. The main event can be livestreamed on March 14 at 8 p.m. via the Grammy’s official website.  

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