LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 66th Grammy Awards are held taking place On Sunday at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, the excitement started early.
The premiere ceremony, a pre-broadcast show, began with host and composer Justin Tranter setting the stage: handing out the first award of the day, best pop duo/group performance, which went to SZA and Phoebe Bridgers for “Ghost in the Machine.”
The first of three new categories in 2024, best pop dance recording, was awarded shortly after and went to Kylie Minogue for “Padam Padam,” her first win in 18 years.
around 80 Grammy awards will be delivered before the broadcast, which included the regional Mexican star Peso Pluma winning his first Grammy for his first and only nomination, for best Mexican music album for his “Genesis.”
Earlier in the afternoon, “Barbie” took home two Grammy Awards in quick succession: for Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Billie Eilish and Finneas arrived early in the afternoon to collect the trophy for song written for visual media for their Ballad “Barbie” “What was I made for?”
“This is shocking to me,” Eilish said. “I was hoping to turn around and leave.”
“I want to thank our parents, our father, who worked as a construction worker at Mattel Corporation for much of our childhood to keep food on the table,” Finneas said.
Dozens of stars began arriving early, and the first to arrive hit the carpet. mix of classic black, glitter and bold colors.
Brandy Clark, who has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards in her career, including six this year, took home her first Grammy for Best American Performance for her song “Dear Insecurity.” “I thank my mom for always believing in me, whatever my crazy dreams were,” she said. “And most of all I want to thank Brandi Carlile for making this record with me.”
Women outnumber men in the main categoriesso expect to see their female nominees stand out as the night progresses.
Comedian Trevor Noah will host for the fourth consecutive year, history could be made and, unlike other awards shows, the Grammys function as a concert with the world’s biggest artists.
HOW TO SEE
The main show will air live on CBS and Paramount+ starting at 8 pm ET. Paramount+ subscribers with Showtime can watch live and on demand. Paramount+ Essential subscribers won’t be able to stream the ceremony until the next day.
MY! will air its show “Live From E!: Countdown to the Grammys,” with a mix of fashion coverage and celebrity interviews starting at 6 p.m. ET, hosted by Laverne Cox and comedian Heather McMahan.
The Associated Press is airing a red carpet show featuring interviews and fashion footage. Is available in YoutubeTwitter and the AP website starting at 4 pm eastern time.
SZA is the leading candidate with nine nominations, closely followed by Victoria Monét and Bridgers with seven. The boy genius of the Bridgers gang has six, as do Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Brandy Clark, Batiste and producer Jack Antonoff.
“Barbie” fans have a reason to celebrate. Just like his performance in Box Officethe film will make its presence known at the Grammys: Music by the soundtrack of the hit movie earned 11 nominations, including four of five spots in the visual media song category.
There are also some opportunities to make history: A black woman hasn’t won album of the year since 1999, when “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” received the top prize. This year, SZA or Janelle Monae could change that.
If Taylor Swift takes home album of the year, she will break the record for the artist with the most wins in history, with four. Lana Del Rey and Miley Cyrus could win their first Grammy Awards.
Yeah Victoria Monet “Hollywood” wins best traditional R&B performance and daughter Hazel, 2, will become the youngest Grammy winner. Karol G could become the first female artist to win in the best urban music album category if she wins by “Tomorrow will be nice.” Jack Antonoff could tie Babyface as the producer with the most consecutive wins in the non-classical producer of the year category with a third win in 2024.
WHO WILL PERFORM?
Many people! The list includes: SZA, Joni Mitchell’s first Grammy performance, and five-time Grammy winner and 23-time nominee Billy Joel.
The lineup also includes Grammy winners and current nominees Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, Burna Boy, Luke Combs and Travis Scott.
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