After delaying the show due to COVID-19, the Grammy Awards will finally be taking place on March 14th! The Academy announced the star-studded list of performers last weekend, and fans are excitedly anticipating the event. Let’s meet the performers who will be taking the stage!
Latin music is more prominent in the U.S. than ever, and you can thank Bad Bunny for being part of its rocketing success with hits like “DÁKITI” and “LA NOCHE DE ANOCHE.” He’s up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with his star-studded “UN DIA” collab and Best Latin Pop/Urban Album with YHLQMDLG.
Then-18-year-old Billie Eilish made history at last year’s Grammy ceremony, becoming the youngest person to win Album of the Year for her debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
This year, the Grammy darling is poised for even more awards, with nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance with “Everything I Wanted,” as well as Best Song Written for Visual Media with “No Time to Die.”
Although Black Pumas aren’t a household name quite yet, it’s only a matter of time before they are. The soul and R&B group is up for Record of the Year and Best American Roots Performance for “Colors,” along with Album of the Year for Black Pumas.
One of the biggest female country artists, Brandi Carlile has proven there’s very little she can’t do. She’s nominated for both solo work and group projects this year, showcasing her vocal and songwriting talent in the female country supergroup The Highwomen.
Brandi is up for Best Country Song as a songwriter on The Highwomen’s “Crowded Table,” as well as Best Song Written for Visual Media with solo track “Carried Me With You,” which appeared in Disney’s Onward.
Brittany Howard took a short pause from being the frontwoman of Alabama Shake in 2019 to release Jaime, her first solo album that’s named after her late sister. The project touches upon her sister’s death and Brittany’s upbringing, making it a deeply personal and reflective album you can’t miss.
Brittany is nominated for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song with “Stay High,” Best R&B Performance with “Goat Head,” Best American Roots Performance with “Short and Sweet,” and Best Alternative Music Album with Jaime. Jaime is also nominated for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), and if it wins, the award will go to engineer Shawn Everett.
One of the biggest acts to ever come out of South Korea, BTS is truly a force to be reckoned with. They received their first nomination this year, making them the first K-Pop group to earn Grammy recognition – their English hit “Dynamite” is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Cardi B is one of two performers that aren’t nominated for an award this year, despite finding success with hits like “WAP” and “Up” after the Grammy release deadline. Her last Grammy performance was in 2019, showcasing her single “Money” in front of a luxurious tufted set.
As the frontman of Coldplay, Chris Martin has had a long and successful music career complete with seven Grammy Awards. This year, the group is up for Album of the Year with Everyday Life, and Chris will probably be representing the whole band in this year’s socially-distant ceremony.
DaBaby has a promising future ahead of him, having taken over 2020 with his spring-summer hit “Rockstar.” The song is nominated for Record of the Year, Best Melodic Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song, and his track “Bop” is nominated for Best Rap Performance.
Doja Cat was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2020, making waves with singles like “Say So” and the recent TikTok hit “Streets.” She’s nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance with “Say So,” as well as Best New Artist.
There’s no denying that Dua Lipa was one of the biggest pop stars of the past year in the midst of her dazzling Future Nostalgia era. It’s possible she’ll be one of the biggest winners of the night — she’s up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance with “Don’t Start Now”, Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album with Future Nostalgia, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with her Bad Bunny collab “UNA DIA.”
John Mayer is the second artist expected to perform that isn’t nominated for an award this year. Perhaps the alt-rock icon will be teasing some new material? His last solo release was 2019’s “Carry Me Away,” which was followed by “Inside Friend,” a collaboration with Leon Bridges.
Haim hadn’t received a Grammy nomination since Best New Artist in 2015, so it’s about time they get recognized again! Their latest record, Women in Music Pt. III, is nominated for Album of the Year and “The Steps” is nominated for Best Rock Performance.
Despite being in the spotlight since joining One Direction in 2010, this year sees Harry Styles’ first nominations. He can take home Best Pop Solo Performance for his summery hit “Watermelon Sugar,” Best Pop Vocal Album for Fine Line, and Best Music Video for “Adore You.” He’ll also reportedly be opening the show!
Lil Baby had a breakout year in 2020, using songs like “The Bigger Picture” to speak up about the Black Lives Matter movement. In addition to raising social awareness, the track is getting recognition with x nominations – he’s up for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
It’s only a matter of time before Maren Morris is remembered as a country legend, thanks to her confessional lyrics and beautiful vocals. This year, her song “The Bones,” one of her biggest songs to date thanks in part to a high-profile Hozier remix, is nominated for Best Country Song, making it her third nomination in the category.
Megan Thee Stallion
The only female rapper who had as big of a breakout year as Doja Cat in 2020 was undoubtedly Megan Thee Stallion, who charmed the world with her viral hits “Savage” (which even earned a Beyoncé remix) and “Girls in the Hood.”
She’s nominated for Record of the Year, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song with Beyoncé’s remix of “Savage,” along with Best New Artist.
Before even stepping foot at this year’s ceremony, Mickey Guyton is making history – she’s the first black woman to be nominated for a solo song in a country music category. She’s up for Best Country Solo Artist with “Black Like Me,” and we can’t wait to see if she takes home the prize!
One of the most prominent female country artists of all time, Miranda Lambert is an expert at lighting up a stage. She’s up for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song with “Bluebird,” as well as Best Country Album for Wildcard.
Post Malone’s “Circles” was almost inescapable last spring, so it’s no surprise that it’s being recognized this year! Post has the chance to bring home Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Circles,” in addition to Album of the Year for Hollywood’s Bleeding.
Another virtually inescapable song last year was Roddy Ricch’s breakout hit “The Box,” which is still collecting achievements to this day. He’s nominated for Song of the Year, Best Melodic Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song with “The Box,” as well as Record of the Year, Best Melodic Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song for “Rockstar,” a collaboration with DaBaby.
Our 2020 would have looked much different if Taylor Swift hadn’t dropped two narrative-based surprise albums, folklore and evermore. While evermore was released too late to qualify for this year’s awards, folklore is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, “cardigan” is nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, her Bon Iver collaboration “exile” is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and “Beautiful Ghosts,” a song she wrote for Cats, is nominated for Best Song Written For Visual Media.
You can catch the 2021 Grammy Awards on CBS this Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time! Which performance are you most excited to see?
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