Music’s biggest night is here. After being delayed due to the coronavirus, the 2021 Grammy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, March 14. While there’s still plenty of surprises in store, we do know a few things. Olivia Wilde’s boyfriend–Stevie Nicks’ favorite former boy bander and high waisted pant connoisseur Harry Styles–will open the show (sir, I beg, please do a medley of “Watermelon Sugar” and “What Makes You Beautiful!”). Meanwhile, heavyweights like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and BTS are nominated, while the rock performance category’s entire slate features all women artists for the first time. Trevor Noah is set to host.
How do I watch the Grammys?
The Grammys will air on Sunday, March 14 at 8PM ET/5PM PT on CBS. If you have cable, no worries–you’ll be able to simply tune into CBS and go from there, or you can use your cable login to watch from your computer or phone. For you cordcutters out there, you can connect a cheap antenna to your TV for access to any local stations for free.
How can I stream it online?
If you would like to stream the Grammys, you can watch it on Paramount+, YouTube TV, Sling, Hulu with Live TV, Philo, Fubo TV or anywhere you stream live shows. All of these services offer free trials.
All the big names are set to perform, including Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, BTS, Billie Eilish, HAIM, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Harry Styles, Post Malone, Brandi Carlisle, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Chris Martin of Coldplay, John Mayer, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, and Roddy Ricch.
And, after a successful #LetSilkSonicThrive PR campaign over the weekend, Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars’ new band, Silk Sonic, were added to the bill.
What else can we expect?
Well, what you can’t expect is an appearance from The Weeknd, whose chart-dominating single “Blinding Lights” and album After Hours were snubbed by the Recording Academy. After earning exactly zero nominations, the singer has decided to permanently divest from the Grammys due to their lack of inclusion and opaque nominating process.
Otherwise, the show will be a social distanced affair. In the announcement for the show, the Recording Academy vaguely stated that artists will “be coming together, while still safely apart, to play music for each other as a community.” The show will likely feature some pre-recorded performances, zoom call situations, and perhaps a few live sets.
According to a recent Rolling Stone article featuring the Grammys executive producer Ben Winston, the show will air from “an undisclosed building in Los Angeles,” one stage for presenters and four additional stages for performers.”
“People will perform while the other three or four artists watch, applaud, and enjoy,” Winston said. “As soon as that one finishes, the next one goes, the next one goes, and the next one goes. Every 45 minutes, you change out those stages, and you bring another four megastars into the room.”
Here’s hoping the Grammys learned a lesson or two from the Globes, we don’t need another award show with awkward Zoom call energy!