Friday, April 19, 2024

UPDATED Taylor Swift, Harry Styles Confirmed for Grammy Awards (Told Here December 20th), Adele, Beyonce Remain Question Marks


I told you on December 20, 2020 that Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Beyonce, and Adele were booked for the Grammy Awards back when they were set for January 31st.

Well, now the Grammys are set for Sunday March 14th on CBS. The Recording Academy has just confirmed that Swift and Styles with a bunch of other names. Beyonce and Adele are question marks but I think we’ll be getting their announcements separately.

But Beyonce will surely part of the show as she has six nominations yet didn’t release a record in 2019-2020.

And even though Adele hasn’t released a record since November 2015, she is likely to present Album of the Year at the end of the show. Just as she appeared on “SNL” last December without singing, this will be her way of staying in the news without doing anything.

I forgot to add that Adele and Beyonce have the same publicity company. That’s important here.

The fact is, with Zoom etc, you can be on these awards shows in your PJs if you want, from home, whatever.

Other artists announced for the Trevor Noah-hosted show include BTS, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, Mickey Guyton, Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Maren Morris and Post Malone.

So far no legacy artists or people over a certain age. And no Cynthia Erivo, who I thought might be promoting her “Genius Aretha” mini series.

This year there will be a lot going on at beginning at 3pm on Sunday the 14th. We can watch the big three hour ceremony at which they give the 80 or so awards we don’t see on TV. (There’s nothing like sitting through that ceremony live, you have no idea.) Jhen√© Aiko is hosting it, and there will be performances by really interesting musicians you never see on the prime time show. I’m psyched!

What about the pandemic? According to a press release, “The Grammys are set to highlight the toll the pandemic has taken on live entertainment, with many venues still closed as artists have had to postpone tours. Employees, ranging from bartenders to box office managers, who work at Los Angeles’ Troubadour and Hotel Cafe, New York City’s Apollo Theater and Nashville’s Station Inn will present awards.”

The main thing is that new EP Ben Winston knows how to produce an entertaining show. So we’ll watch, and kvetch!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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