The whole lot You Have to Know Concerning the 2020 Grammys


One other yr, one other awards season, one other night of Grammys. Music’s largest evening returns with the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, and it’s shaping as much as be a battle of a few of the previous yr’s most memorable leisure personalities, from TIME’s Entertainer of the Yr Lizzo to teen wunderkind and upcoming James Bond theme singer Billie Eilish to trailblazing chart supernova Lil Nas X.

It’s additionally a tumultuous time for the Recording Academy, from which President and CEO Deborah Dugan was ousted lower than two weeks earlier than the ceremony. Variety reports that the Academy launched an official assertion which talked about “a formal allegation of misconduct” in opposition to Dugan, whereas insiders informed the web site her elimination had the whiff of a “coup.” Dugan, who took over in August, is the primary lady to carry the submit and has been vocal about taking concrete motion to increase female membership and illustration. It stays to be seen whether or not this inside battle will bubble as much as the floor and have any affect on the ceremony; no matter occurs on the Grammys, the Recording Academy has a protracted street forward to handle these and other issues.

Right here’s what to know concerning the 2020 Grammys:

When are the Grammys taking place?

The 2020 Grammys are set to happen at Los Angeles’ Staples Middle on Sunday, Jan. 26. The stay awards will air at eight p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS. (As with different awards reveals, nearly all of the awards aren’t truly televised; in most viewers’ opinions, the broadcasts are lengthy sufficient as they’re.)

How can I watch or stream this yr’s present?

Viewers with cable can watch stay on CBS. Twine-cutters with a CBS All-Entry login can stream the present through the channel’s on-line bundle. (It has a small month-to-month payment however the first week is free, in case potential customers need to attempt that out for the Grammys.) Different packages like YouTubeTV and Hulu+ Live TV will stream the Grammys stay for subscribers. Or you may simply observe alongside on Twitter, which is able to undoubtedly be fast to floor all of the night’s highlights and best memes.

Who’s performing?

Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Aerosmith, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have been first introduced on the schedule for performances throughout the night. (Lizzo, Eilish and Grande are high nominees this yr and assured to convey massive manufacturing worth to the stage, if their previous performances are any indication.) Add to that Camila Cabello, Spain’s Rosalía, Bonnie Raitt, the Jonas Brothers, Tyler, the Creator, H.E.R. and Charlie Wilson. And Demi Lovato will kickstart a comeback along with her first solo efficiency on the published as effectively, to be adopted by the nationwide anthem on the Tremendous Bowl the next week.

Singer Ariana Grande attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Singer Ariana Grande attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Middle on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
WireImage—2016 John Shearer

Who’s internet hosting?

Alicia Keys is returning as host following her spin within the highlight final yr. Keys is a Grammy common, having taken house 15 awards over the course of her profession up to now. Final yr, she was warmly reviewed for her internet hosting fashion, which included bringing ladies like Michelle Obama and Girl Gaga to the stage and displaying off her signature piano expertise. The message was all concerning the “unifying power of music,” as Obama mentioned. This makes Keys solely the third lady to host the Grammys greater than as soon as, following two-timers Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell. She’s the fifth lady in Grammy historical past to host.

Who’s nominated for 2020 Grammys?

This yr, the nominations are led by a spate of newcomers. It’s Lizzo’s yr to lose, with the “Truth Hurts” singer, rapper and flutist main in nominations with a grand whole of eight, together with all the massive classes and Greatest New Artist. Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande and H.E.R. observe. Eilish has additionally been nominated in all 4 main classes — and at simply 17 years previous when she was nominated, she is the youngest artist to ever obtain these accolades.

In the meantime, Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver, Khalid, Publish Malone, Lewis Capaldi, Taylor Swift and Vampire Weekend have hats within the ring for a few of the massive awards, in addition to Girl Gaga and her cohort for “Always Remember Us This Way” from A Star Is Born and Tanya Tucker for “Bring Me My Flowers Now.” (The large music from A Star Is Born, “Shallow,” was nominated manner again on the 2019 Grammys due to its earlier launch date.)

If a few of this music feels prefer it got here out a lifetime in the past, that’s as a result of the eligibility interval ran from Oct. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019, so something that’s been launched prior to now four months received’t present up within the awards.

What’s up with Greatest New Artist?

Eight acts are up for the Greatest New Artist trophy: Black Pumas, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Maggie Rogers, Rosalía, Tank and the Bangas and Yola. Because of their common enchantment throughout awards, Lizzo, Eilish and Lil Nas X look to be favorites. However the others are price testing: the Black Pumas are a gifted neo-soul duo from Austin. Rogers put out her folksy-pop debut Heard It In a Previous Life in early January, to nice opinions and plenty of common help. The gifted Rosalía is Spain’s flamenco-pop famous person, with crossover hits in different genres with the likes of J Balvin and James Blake. Tank and the Bangas aren’t fairly new; the Louisiana funk-soul group has been round since 2013 and put out a brand new album in 2019, making music that mixes persona with contemporary rhythm. And Yola is a rootsy British singer who’s been embraced by Nashville.

Have been there any main snubs?

Taylor Swift’s Lover didn’t get a lot love this yr; she obtained her fourth nomination for “Song of the Year,” however hasn’t received that award prior to now. And whereas one music off the A Star Is Born soundtrack was acknowledged, the remainder of the album light out of the competitors — a shock, given the acclaim of “Shallow” and the excessive profile of the staff that labored on the soundtrack as an entire. Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion, Bruce Springsteen and Maren Morris additionally got here up quick, regardless of receiving loads of consideration earlier within the yr.

Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez in the audience at The 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.
Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez within the viewers at The 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.
CBS through Getty Pictures—2016 CBS Photograph Archive

Who’s anticipated to win?

With eight nominations, Lizzo has the numbers on her aspect. (Then once more, some shadows have been forged on her nominated music “Truth Hurts” due to legal questions concerning the origins of its lyrics.) Eilish, too, might be in for evening, along with her debut album and hit songs representing a fresh-faced future for pop. Each of those breakout stars are up for the 4 main classes, making them the names to beat.

Any potential Grammy upsets?

Beyoncé has just a few nominations in there, for her work on the Lion King movie soundtrack. However she’ll almost definitely be overshadowed by the extra omnipresent choices (Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish). It wouldn’t be an enormous shock if Lana Del Rey’s Norman F-cking Rockwell garnered severe Grammy consideration within the Album of the Yr class — it’s a important favourite — even when Eilish is the extra seemingly winner based mostly on nominations alone. After which there’s Lil Nas X and “Old Town Road,” the genre-crossing chart hit that soundtracked the summer season. Solely time will inform if its mass enchantment additionally interprets to Grammy approval.

However will Rihanna be there?

Most likely not. It’s been 4 entire years since Rihanna, former queen of the pop charts, launched her acclaimed album Anti. And whereas she promised followers there was extra music coming in 2019, nothing materialized. It could be a shock to see her again within the combine now whereas she’s been busy specializing in her fashion and makeup empires.

What about Drake? Justin Bieber? Ed Sheeran?

Drake accepts the Best Rap Song award for 'God's Plan' onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.
Drake accepts the Greatest Rap Track award for ‘God’s Plan’ onstage throughout the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Middle on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.
Lester Cohen—Getty Pictures

Drake has a pair nominations (principally in a writing capability this yr), however he historically has been a wild card, showing final yr and utilizing his speech to knock the Grammys and the idea of awards themselves. In the meantime, Bieber has been aggressively selling his new single “Yummy” forward of a spring album comeback — so he may deign to indicate up, if solely to maintain up the press consideration. Then there’s streaming juggernaut Sheeran, who has work nominated (his No. 6 Collaborations Mission), however he’s on a publicity hiatus.

The place’s BTS?

The seven artists of Ok-pop supergroup BTS virtually broke the internet once they introduced an award onstage on the Grammys in 2019. However proper now they’re in the midst of preparations for the February launch of their subsequent album, Map of the Soul: 7 — so it’s unlikely they’ll have the time to fly world wide for the present.

BTS speaks onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
BTS speaks onstage throughout the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Middle on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
FilmMagic—2019 Jeff Kravitz

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