Almost a 12 months to the day after Covid-19 grounded excursions and compelled efficiency venues to shut, the music world will rejoice its stars on the Grammys on Sunday, and attempt to transfer previous a crushing 2020.
The usually glitzy gala will likely be scaled again, like all main awards reveals, to a primarily digital affair, with a mixture of stay and pre-taped performances in step with restrictions now commonplace within the coronavirus period, which left the trade flailing and compelled the ceremony to be pushed again.
Beyonce — whose repeated losses within the high classes have stirred heated controversy — leads the pack with 9 nods, adopted by Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch with six every.
Beyonce’s sweeping Black Parade — launched in June amid explosive nationwide anti-racism protests, after one other spate of lethal police violence concentrating on Black Individuals — is up for Report and Music of the 12 months honors.
Many critics nonetheless favor the possibilities of Lipa, who took a giant danger in dropping a glittery disco ball of a dance album simply because the pandemic took maintain — a wager that paid off.
Swift — a onetime Grammys darling who hasn’t gained in 5 years — bagged a handful of nominations for releasing her shock quarantine album folklore, a industrial and demanding hit.
And rapper Ricch — who gained a trophy final 12 months for his collaboration with the late artist Nipsey Hussle — is a robust contender, together with for Music of the 12 months, which honors songwriting, for his hit The Field.
Megan within the combine
Bluesy rocker Brittany Howard — recognized for fronting the band Alabama Shakes — seized the highlight on her personal along with her first solo album Jaime, which earned 5 nominations.
She is among the many high candidates within the rock classes, which for the primary time are virtually all dominated by feminine nominees.
Final 12 months’s massive winner Billie Eilish may strike gold once more, whereas Put up Malone, Justin Bieber and rapper DaBaby are all additionally within the combine.
And “hot girl summer” queen Megan Thee Stallion is more likely to slay, with 4 nominations together with for Finest New Artist.
The remix of her wildly standard tune Savage that includes Beyonce is up for a number of awards together with Report of the 12 months — a collaboration that helped Queen Bey soar to the entrance of the pack.
Additionally eyeing Finest New Artist honors is Phoebe Bridgers, the Californian indie artist who is without doubt one of the girls main the cost within the rock classes.
However it would not be the Grammys with out controversy.
The Weeknd has pledged to cease submitting music for awards consideration after he surprisingly acquired no nominations, regardless of a giant 12 months commercially.
The Canadian famous person follows within the path of artists like Frank Ocean and Drake, who’ve turned up their nostril at an establishment they are saying fails Black artists and girls.
‘Energy to heal’
On Friday evening, MusiCares — the philanthropic arm of the Recording Academy that focuses on helping music trade members with psychological well being and monetary hardship — held its annual star-studded fundraising occasion, with artists together with Elton John Zooming in for the trigger.
“This year’s mission feels more urgent,” the British legend mentioned of the usually black-tie gala that additionally was shifted on-line.
Ringo Starr, Mick Fleetwood, Shakira, Bonnie Raitt and Gloria Estefan have been among the many music greats urging donations to the fund after a 12 months that left the trade in freefall.
The occasion relied on a mixture of recorded performances from previous years, from the likes of Woman Gaga, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, together with recent reveals from artists together with John Legend, and Album of the 12 months nominees Haim and Jhene Aiko.
Grammys organizers are plugging performances as a motive to tune in Sunday, bringing in heavyweights together with Cardi B, Swift, Eilish, Lipa, Harry Kinds, South Korean boy band sensation BTS and rapper DaBaby to mild up screens.
Latin entice famous person Unhealthy Bunny will even seem, in addition to nation stars Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Mickey Guyton — the primary Black girl ever nominated within the nation class.
Comic Trevor Noah is ready to host Sunday’s present, which the Academy has devoted to the resilience of the music trade in addition to frontline employees combatting the unfold of Covid-19.
“All these months… it’s been so hard on everyone,” interim Recording Academy president Harvey Mason Jr mentioned through the MusiCares occasion.
“But as we know music brings us together, lifts our spirits and has the power to heal.”