Together with the Oscar and al Met Gala, the Grammy Awards represent one of the most glamorous and important nights of the year in the entertainment world. Consistently securing an arsenal of top-notch performers, past ceremonies have seen hilarious performances by Kendrick Lamar (2016), Miley Cyrus duet with Dolly Parton (2019) or Adele making space on her now trophy-filled wall, winning 6 awards in one. night (2012).
However, the prestigious show has come under attack in recent years, especially from the artists it rewards. 62nd Grammy presenter Alicia Keys attacked the awards for her lack of diversity, while at the 2020 ceremony Tyler, The Creator questioned the racist allusions of the word “urban” (the Recording Academy responded by changing the category Best Urban Contemporary Album to Best Progressive R&B Album). Fast forward to the end of 2020 and we find more discontent. Following the announcement of the nominations on November 24, The Weeknd turned to social media to protest the omission of his hugely successful album, as he did Halsey, while Ellie Goulding posted on Medium his thoughts on the problem of recognizing creativity.
And not only this, the Grammys also had to fight against the global pandemic. Seen some reports claiming that one in five people in Los Angeles has Covid, the organizers have postponed the ceremony from January 31 to March 14, 2021.
Here’s what we know for now about the 63rd edition of the 2021 Grammy Awards.
The Grammys will now take place on March 14, 2021
The show will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where it has been held 19 times since the first television broadcast in 1971. “Rain or shine, Covid-19 vaccine or not … whether or not there will be a live audience or the red carpet will be determined and revealed close to the big day “, says the Grammy website.
A brand new conductor
Trevor Noah will conduct this year’s ceremony. It will be the talk show king’s debut as a Grammy presenter. Upon announcement of the news, the 36-year-old star de The Daily Show, said in a statement, “Apart from the fact that I’m extremely disappointed that the Grammys turned me down as a singer and didn’t nominate me for Best Pop Album, I’m thrilled to be hosting this promising show.”
Beyoncé ‘Black Is King’
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The artists were not confirmed
While no names have been announced for now, we can expect to see Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles and Billie Eilish represent pop, with Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby for rap. We also hope to see BTS, Phoebe Bridgers and Kaytranada make their Grammy stage debut.
Beyoncé is the artist with the most nominations
There Queen Bey received nine nominations for his acclaimed visual album Black is King, which debuted on Disney + last July. With 24 trophies already on her wall and 79 nominations to her name, Beyoncé is currently the eighth most awarded artist of all time and the second most named along with Paul McCartney (her husband Jay-Z is the first with Quincy Jones, both of whom have 80 nominations). If Bey wins eight of these nine during the evening, he will officially become the most awarded artist of all time, surpassing composer Georg Solti who holds the top spot.
BTS are nominees for their first “real” award
The seven-piece band is the first K-pop group to earn Grammy recognition, with a nomination for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance. Their single Dynamite, at the top of the charts, is against Intensions by Justin Bieber and Quavo e Rain on Me by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, plus One Dia / One Day by J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa and Tainy e Exile by Taylor Swift and Bon Iver. BTS had been nominated in 2019 for Best Album Package for their work Love Yourself: Tear, but it is not a category that matters much. Their reaction to the application – plus a stunned V – she certainly wasn’t calm.
The Weeknd is not very happy
With one of the biggest commercial and critical hits of the year, the absence of nominations for the album After Hours by Abel Tesfaye and his world single, Blinding Lights, it’s definitely a significant shortcoming on the part of the Recording Academy. But he does not remain silent and voices his discontent on Twitter. He said: “You owe it to me, the fans and the transparency of the industry …” Drake also supported his friend with a story about Instagram, saying “We should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked each year by the disconnect between impact music and this award ceremony.”
Halsey is also not satisfied
Joining the indignation at having his album excluded Manic, the American pop star called the trial deeply unfair. “Often it’s about private performances behind the scenes, getting to know the right people, make advertising campaigns”He wrote with an Instagram story.
Women dominate the candidacies
2020 has been a big year for pop music, as everyone has since Billie Eilish is Dua Lipa Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have released top-notch albums (on dates between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020). Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa is in contention for five awards, followed by Taylor Swift Folkore with five (plus another for Beautiful Ghosts, Swift’s contribution to the soundtrack of Cats) is Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish. Relatively newcomer Phoebe Bridgers has also amassed four, including Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song. Strangely, Chromatica by Lady Gaga was overlooked in the major categories, but received one for Best Pop Vocal Album and another for his duet with Ariana Grande Rain On Me.
Emerging and progressive acts are also noted
Arca is the second trans woman to be nominated for a Grammy – Sophie was nominated in 2018, again in the Best Dance / Electronic Album category. Vogue favorites, Megan Thee Stallion and Chika, are both in the Best New Artist category while journalist Ronan Farrow received his first nomination for his 2019 audio book version of Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, which recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein. Chloe x Halle, Beyoncé’s protégé, has released one of the best albums of 2020, Ungodly Hour and has earned 3 nominations, although we are sorry that FKA Twigs and her gorgeous Magdalene have not received love. Other nominations see Phoebe Bridgers, Roddy Ricch and Doja Cat.