Grammys 2018: Everything You Need to Know
Music’s biggest night is almost here! The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. To keep you in the know, we have the rundown on what you can expect from this year’s show and all the nominees vying for those golden gramophone trophies.
See all the info below, and check back for more coverage when the show airs this weekend.
What time are the 2017 Grammy Awards?
The Grammys will air live on CBS on Sunday, January 28, 2018, starting at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT, and are scheduled to go until 11pm ET/8pm PT. The red-carpet preshow will be live-streamed on Billboard‘s Twitter starting at 5pm ET/ 2pm PT.
Many of the awards — the first 70, in fact — will be handed out at a ceremony that takes place before the telecast, which will be hosted by musician Paul Shaffer and live-streamed on Grammys.com from 3pm to 6pm ET.
Who’s hosting the main event?
TheLate Late Show‘s James Corden will host for the second year in a row.
The musical performances make up the majority of the telecast — which is why many of the awards are handed out in the pre-show ceremony — and this year is shaping up to be a star-studded one. Those scheduled to perform include: Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Eric Church, Miley Cyrus, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, DJ Khaled, Elton John, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, Maren Morris, Pink, Ben Platt, Rihanna, Sam Smith, SZA, Bryson Tiller, U2, Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris, Jon Batiste and Gary Clark Jr. paying tribute to late rock and roll legends Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Zuleyka Rivera, Sting, and Brothers Osborne.
So far, presenters for the 2018 Grammys include: Tony Bennett, Dave Chappelle, Kelly Clarkson, Victor Cruz, Eve, Jim Gaffigan, Katie Holmes, Nick Jonas, Anna Kendrick, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Shemar Moore, Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman, Hailee Steinfeld, and Donnie Wahlberg. Many of the presenters are, of course, nominees themselves, and more will likely be announced as the show nears.
Who is nominated?
Rapper JAY-Z leads the nominations with eight for his album 4:44 (although he likely won’t perform). Kendrick Lamar, meanwhile, earned seven nominations for his album DAMN, while Bruno Mars has six for 24K Magic. SZA, Khalid, Childish Gambino, and No I.D. have an impressive five nods each.
Check out the nominees for Album of the Year and Song of the Year below, and see the rest of the list here.
Album of the Year
Childish Gambino, “Awaken, My Love!”
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Song of the Year
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Julia Michaels, “Issues”
Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid, “1-800-273-8255”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Is there anything new about this year’s show?
Yes! The show has been moved to an earlier time slot, now beginning at 7:30pm ET. And for the first time in 15 years, it will take place in New York City as opposed to LA.
Will there be any special acknowledgments?
The Recording Academy presents a number of Special Merits awards that are not based on nominations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award, and Technical Grammy Award.
This year, Tina Turner, Queen, Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill Graham, Seymour Stein and John Williams will receive the Trustees Award, while Tony Agnello and Richard Factor will receive Technical Grammy Awards.
Will there be any surprises?
Many of the awards season ceremonies thus far have been dominated by conversations surrounding the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, and it’s likely the Grammys could also have a few political moments. There are also sure to be some surprise presenters — and probably even some killer collaborations.
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