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The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, the biggest night of the year for the music industry, is finally about to happen following an extended delay and uncertainty on account of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its continued effects on virtually every aspect of modern life. All of that will hopefully be forgotten, for a few hours at least, when the likes of Beyoncé, Taylor Swift (following her landmark year), Billie Eilish, and the rest of today’s top musical artists vie for a slew of hardware to their collections at the Grammy Awards 2021.
But with not much time between now and the March 2021 ceremony highlighting the biggest and brightest stars in music (and soundtracks from movies yet to be released), there are still a lot of things that may have slipped between the cracks. Well, fear not, Swifties and members of the Beyhive, because we’ve put together a quick rundown of what to expect from the Grammy Awards 2021. Let’s dive on in…
When The 2021 Grammy Awards Will Air On TV
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will air live Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, the ceremony’s home since 1973. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on January 31, 2021, but it was postponed just weeks before it was to take air due to COVID concerns, per a Variety report.
How To Watch The 2021 Grammy Awards Streaming
Previous iterations of the Grammy Awards have been available to stream on CBS All Access, which will also be the case for this year’s ceremony, the only difference being the streaming service’s new name. Like all other major events (and broadcasts from CBS as well as its news and sports divisions), the Grammy Awards 2021 will be streaming on the new Paramount+ platform, which makes its grand debut on Thursday, March 4, ten days prior to the annual ceremony.
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will also be streaming through CBS on internet-based cable services like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and other similar platforms. All excited viewers will need to do is open their preferred app, find CBS, and start streaming.
Earlier in the day, the Recording Academy will be streaming the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony on Grammy.com. Starting at 12 p.m. ET on the day of the regular ceremony, approximately 75 awards will be handed out in a virtual celebration featuring performances, presenters, and more.
Where The 2021 Grammy Awards Will Be Held
The Grammy Awards Ceremony typically airs from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, but this year’s event will be held in the outdoor portion of the Los Angeles Convention Center with the iconic arena serving as the backdrop. News of this change came from Variety in February 2021 when it was also reported that the awards show will not feature a live audience with only a small number of reporters being in attendance. Many media members, however, have registered for virtual screenings instead of attending in person.
The decision to hold the Grammy Awards 2021 outdoors for the first time in the event’s 63-year history also contributed to the Recording Academy’s decision to push the ceremony back to March 14 in hopes of having warmer and more favorable weather than an outdoor ceremony in the middle of winter.
The 2021 Grammy Awards Host
Handling the hosting duties at the Grammy Awards 2021 will be The Daily Show host and Grammy-nominated comedian Trevor Noah, who will be serving as the annual ceremony’s host for the first time in his career. This news was announced by the Recording Academy’s official Twitter account in November 2020 (when the ceremony was still slated to be held January 31, 2021), and despite the change in date, Noah, remained on as the master of ceremonies for “Music’s Biggest Night.”
Trevor Noah, who had a surprising and easy to miss cameo in Black Panther (he’s Griot, the voice of the A.I. in Shuri’s lab in the 2018 cultural phenomenon), previously received a Grammy nomination in 2020 for his comedy album, Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia. The South African comedian has served as the host of The Daily Show since 2015.
The 2021 Grammy Awards Performances
There are few things at the Grammy Awards each year that get talked about as much as the outstanding performances from nominees and icons of the industry. This year looks to be no different, especially after taking a glance at all the artists slated to take the stage on music’s biggest night. In March 2021, the Recording Academy announced the full list of performers and further helped the show’s case of being must-watch television. Scheduled to perform are: Taylor Swift, BTS, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Bad Buddy, Harry Styles, Black Pumas, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Haim, Lil Baby, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Post Malone, and more.
The Artists With The Most Grammy Nominations In 2021
Sitting at the top of the list of Grammy Awards 2021 nominees is none other than Beyoncé, who has a staggering nine nominations leading into the March 14 ceremony. With multiple nominations coming from her hit single “Black Parade,” including Record of the Year and Song of the Year, the “Queen B” is also nominated for her film Black is King, her “Brown Skin Girl” music video, and her appearance on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage.”
Speaking of Megan Thee Stallion, the hit sensation is nominated for a total of four awards, including Record of the Year, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, and Best New Artist, which was won by Billie Eilish in 2020. Eilish is also nominated for four Grammys this year, including one for the title track for the forthcoming No Time to Die.
And then there is Taylor Swift, who is nominated for a total of six Grammys this year, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Folklore, Song of the Year and Best Solo Pop Performance for “Cardigan,” and several others following an extremely busy year for the music icon.
But who will win all those awards and who will make a name for themselves with an electric performance at this year's ceremony? We'll have to wait and see when the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony airs live on CBS Sunday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET.