Grammy Awards 2021: How, When to Watch

by Madison Miller
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The Grammy Awards will be premiering tonight amidst the ongoing award season. It is arguably the biggest and most prestigious ceremonies in all of music.

Despite COVID-19 continuing to impact the entertainment world, the award ceremony will still be taking place to honor all the achievements in music this year. While it was postponed before from its normal January date, the show is still very much happening.

Here’s a look at everything there is to know about the award show before it premieres.

When and Where Can You Watch?

The Grammys will air later tonight, Sunday, March 14th. It will be broadcast live on CBS. The live show will start at 8 p.m. ET.

If you don’t have live television, there are still other ways to watch the Grammys this year. The awards show can be streamed on Paramount+ for $5.99 per month.

While it’s usually at the Staples Center, it is now taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. COVID-19 precautions are reportedly in place.

According to ET Online, Hulu with live TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all offer CBS in different packages. If you’re looking to just stream the Grammys, consider starting a free trial tonight.

Who Is Performing and Presenting?

As per usual, there are set performers and presenters lined up for tonight.

Taylor Swift is near the top of the list in terms of anticipated performers. In the last year alone Swift has released “Folklore,” “Evermore,” “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” and has started releasing “Taylor’s Version” of some of her re-recorded music.

In addition, Harry Styles, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, BTS, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Miranda Lambert, Megan Thee Stallion, Chris Martin, Mickey Guyton, Maren Morris, and several other anticipated artists will be taking center stage.

Harry Styles has moved past One Direction and is up for his first-ever Grammy nominations this year. In fact, he is up for three tonight. The pandemic has kept him busy recording music instead of touring.

Mickey Guyton is the first Black solo female country artist to be nominated in a Grammy country category. She is nominated for her single, “Black Like Me.”

The award ceremony will have an interesting way of presenting the awards this year. The goal is to honor and pay tribute to some of the independent music venues that have been impacted by the virus.

From The Hotel Café to the Troubadour to the Apollo Theater to The Station Inn, different workers will present awards to the musicians. It will be everyday people like box office managers to bartenders handing out the awards.

What Are Some Categories to Look Forward to?

Like any award show, the Grammys is always broken down into distinct categories handed out throughout the night.

Trevor Noah from “The Daily Show” will be hosting the ceremony. Jhené Aiko will host the pre-telecast ceremony and begin handing out awards. She is also up for Album of the Year. There is no traditional red carpet, but there is “The Grammy Live Pre-Show and Red Carpet” beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can tune in on Facebook Live and Grammy.com.

One of the most popular categories is the Lifetime Achievement Award. Selena Quintanilla, a highly influential Tejano musician who was shot and killed in 1995, is posthumously receiving the award later tonight.

One of the most popular categories is Record of the Year. Beyoncé is up for this award as well as Black Pumas, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, and Post Malone. In fact, Beyoncé is the top-nominated artist this year despite not putting out an entire album in the last year.

Album of the year includes Jhené Aiko, Black Pumas, Coldplay, Jacob Collier, HAIM, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, and Taylor Swift.

The Weeknd, who performed at the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year, has announced he is boycotting the Grammys now and in the future. He received zero nominations this year.

To check out the full list of nominees and categories, click here. You still have time to place bets on the winning artists this year.

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