It’s Grammy time! The 59th annual Grammy Awards kicks off tonight on CBS at 8PM ET. Whether you watch it for the red carpet arrivals, the musical performances, the controversy or the likely political statements, they’re worth tuning in to.
With the uneasy state of the U.S. political atmosphere as of late, it’s almost guaranteed that someone will bring it up. Executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in such as case, they are “not here to censor,” and that he’s always believed musicians are much more than their music—”They have… strong feelings, and I appreciate things that they have to say.”
Political statements aside, we can also expect to see a couple tributes; 2016 saw the loss of 80’s pop star George Michael and Prince, so there will be performances honouring them, as well as a few duets, including one by a very unusual pairing of Lady Gaga and Metallica.
Beyonce, leading the way with 9 nominations, will make her first public appearance since announcing her twin pregnancy. You can expect her to receive a nomination for Best Rock Performance for her song Don’t Hurt Yourself. I know what you’re thinking—what the f*cking f*ck? The Grammy people justify this by saying that based on the tone, arrangement, sound, and instrumentation, this is a rock song. Having a Led Zeppelin sample and the inclusion of Jack White doesn’t hurt either.
Performances by Katy Perry, John Legend, Bruno Mars and Adele are also expected. A Bee Gees tribute featuring Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Andra Day, and Little Big Town will take place to celebrate the 70’s pop group and the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever. Expect to see John Travolta! Maybe he’ll bust out some disco moves for us.
One thing we won’t see this year? Appearances by Justin Bieber, Drake and Kanye West. Bieber apparently doesn’t feel that this is his year, in spite of the fact that he’s nominated for the prestigious Album and Song of the Year categories.
“I don’t know about these award shows. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance,” he stated in a post on Instagram following the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.
Drake, who’s also up for Album of the Year, will be in concert in Manchester, U.K., and West is still recovering from his meltdown.
Tune in tonight!
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