Along with the Oscars and the Met Gala, the Grammy Awards is one of the most glamorous. Moreover, it is an important night of the year in entertainment. Consistently, securing an arsenal of A-list artists, past ceremonies have seen exhilarating performances from Kendrick Lamar (2016). Also, Miley Cyrus was seen performing with Dolly Parton (2019). Furthermore, Adele space in her full trophy cabinet by winning six awards in one night (2012).
The Grammy Awards are “Music’s Biggest Night,” and Pitchfork has you covered with everything. The 2021 Grammy Awards are coming up. However, there has been a lot of uncertainty since the entertainment industry was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the Grammys have been in flux following multiple controversies. These controversies were around the recording academy’s treatment of women. Moreover, people of color not to mention alleged irregularities in voting. Hence, there are indeed a lot of questions about how the music industry’s highest-profile kudos will adapt.
In addition to this, the artists will be seen performing as The Recording Academy announced its list of performers. However, they will be seen performing at multiple stages as opposed to one stage at a designated spot. The event will also largely be in and around the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Moreover, ‘BTS, Silk Sonic will be seen performing. The regulars like ‘Cardi B, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish’ and others will be seen setting the stage on fire too.
Grammys 2021 Release Date
The Grammys 2021 will release live at 8 ET/5 PT on Sunday, March 14 on CBS. Moreover, it will Livestream in the world on their Facebook Live and official website GRAMMYS.com. Nevertheless, in India, it will be available on March 15 early morning. Therefore, the event is finally taking place after being postponed due to COVID-19.
Who will be performing?
Taylor Swift will return to the stage for the first time since 2016. This was when her first official pop outing 1989 won album of the year. Fellow album of the year nominees Dua Lipa, Haim, Post Malone, Black Pumas and Coldplay’s Chris Martin will perform. Moreover, BTS, Bad Bunny, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Mickey Guyton, Brittany Howard will be seen. Also, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Roddy Ricch, Harry Styles, and Silk Sonic. The new duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak will round out the performer list.
Grammy 2021 nominees
‘Beyoncé’ has nine nominations, including two record-of-the-year nods for ‘Black Parade’. Along with her Savage remix ‘Megan Thee Stallion.’ Moreover, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, and Taylor Swift trail Beyoncé with six nominations each. However, Dua Lipawon best new artist at the 2019 awards. She is also a contender in the record, song, and album of the year categories. Alongside, ‘Ricch’ is this year’s leading male nominee, with nods in major categories like record and song of the year. Taylor Swift is up for album of the year for Folklore and song of the year for Cardigan.
Who got snubbed by Grammys this year?
The Weekend was particularly snubbed. Moreover, he was the first to slam the Grammy raising questions about voting transparency. The Weekend was hopeful for Blinding Lights to get a nod. However, he was quite miffed when he didn’t get one. The ‘Chicks’, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, have a dozen Grammy wins. However, they don’t have a nod this year with no mention for Gaslighter. Moreover, the Weekend to ‘Selena Gomez’: The royal snubs at 2021 Grammys. Also, Zayn Malik slams Grammys: Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination.
‘Katy Perry’ has also been left high and dry. Also, Run the Jewels, the rap duo of ‘Killer Mike and El-P’, gave us one of 2020s most urgent albums. Moreover, ‘RTJ4’ released amid protests against the police brutality and deaths of ‘George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.’
When are the awards happening?
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 14, following a postponement. However, as per reports, the ceremony will be held in the outdoor section of L.A.’s Convention Centre. Thus, possibly in the open plaza known as L.A. Live — with the Staples Centre as a backdrop. However, there’ll be no audience, but rather a small quantity of media and a red carpet is planned. Also, segments could be shot in multiple locations, including the venue’s roof, or loading bays.
However, all of this is subject to change; a word from Recording Academy Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. Previously in June they had three plans in motion. Thus, a traditional show with a full crowd, one with a limited crowd, and one with no crowd. Also, in September Mason noted that the show would be fully live, and feature no pre-recorded statements.
The “General Field” are four awards that are not restricted by genre
- Album of the Year is awarded to the performer, songwriter(s). Also, to the production team of a full album if other than the performer.
- Record of the Year is awarded to the performer. Also, to the production team of a single song if other than the performer.
- Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriter(s) of a single song.
- Best New Artist is awarded to a promising breakthrough performer. Thus, one who releases during the Eligibility Year. Moreover, the first recording establishes the public identity of that artist (which is not necessarily their first proper release).
What kind of music is eligible?
Songs and albums are eligible if they were also released from September 1, 2019, through August 31, 2020.
The rules for Best New Artist Category have changed?
Well, yes you heard it right. Previously, there had been an upper limit on the number of songs. Moreover, the albums that artists could have released to be considered eligible as a new artists. However, that threshold is gone. Instead, screening committees will determine whether an entrant has truly achieved their breakthrough during the eligibility period. Nevertheless, there is a minimum requirement for consideration. An artist must have released at least five singles/tracks or one full album. Also, an artist may not enter more than three times, including as a member of a previously established group.
Best Urban Contemporary Album is getting a new category name
Modern trends in R&B have been considered under different names over the years. Previously, the category was known as the Best Contemporary R&B Album. Finally, now the category will be known as Best Progressive R&B Album too.
Best Rap/Sung Performance is getting a new category name too
This category has been subject to some controversy. Drake won for “Hotline Bling,” but objected to the song being considered in the rap field in the first place. Thus, the category will be known as Best Melodic Rap Performance.
Two Latin awards are also being amended
Also, Best Latin Pop Album will now be known as Best Latin Pop or Urban Album. Along with this, Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album will now be Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album.
New rules to prevent conflicts of interests among voters
Besides, former academy CEO Deborah Dugan alleged vote-rigging during the nominations process. Moreover, the academy will now provide a disagreement of interest disclosure form for members of the nomination review committee. Thus, this makes final decisions on nominees in top categories. Failure to disclose a conflict of interest will result in a voter being barred from future committees above all.
Recording academy invites new members to diversify the Grammys
However, to make the organization more inclusive 2,300 individuals were invited to join in 2020. Thus, 48% are women, 21% are Black and 8% are Hispanic. Alongside, among other underrepresented groups, the academy hopes to increase membership in this case.
It’s a good year for progressive and emerging acts
Arca became the second Trans woman to be nominated—Sophie was nominated in 2018, in the Best Dance category. Moreover, Vogue favorites Megan Thee Stallion and Chika are both found in the Best New Artist category. However, journalist, Ronan Farrow received his first-ever nod for Catch and Kill. Moreover, Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators for 2019 audiobook version recounting his investigation of Harvey Weinstein. ‘Beyoncé proteges Chloe x Halle’ released one of the year’s finest records with Ungodly Hour. Also, earned three nods, though we’re sad as FKA Twigs and her stunning Magdalene received no love. Nevertheless, other key nominees include Phoebe Bridgers, Roddy Ricch, and Doja Cat also.
Who is about to host the Grammys?
‘Trevor Noah’, host of The Daily Show and one-time Grammy nominee will be doing the honors. Thus, this is a tribute to independent music venues impacted by the pandemic. Indeed, Grammy’s have tapped employees of the Troubadour and The Hotel Café in Los Angeles. Also, New York’s Apollo Theater along with, Nashville’s The Station Inn to present awards throughout the night.
To conclude, the first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959. This is to honor and respect the musical accomplishments of performers for the year 1958. Thus, following, the 2011 ceremony, the Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012. Hence, readers stay tuned to the 2021 Grammy award, this 14th March. Looking forward to listening to your favorite artist.