The Grammys 2021 is attempting to maintain the present as “regular” as doable whereas sustaining a secure social distance from the Staples Middle — the place the present is not being broadcast from this yr (it’s on the Los Angeles Conference Middle), as host Trevor Noah quips in his monologue from a tent exterior.
And sure, his opening is stuffed with reminders of COVID (“I do know it’s been one yr, however it looks like 10”) and even the latest royals news (“There’s extra stress in that tent [where nominees are gathered] than a household reunion on the Buckingham Palace”), however the focus, as all the time, is on the music.
Noah gives a tour of the setup of the 2021 Grammys, from the tent to the pink carpet to the stage, the place musicians are gathered (socially distanced, in fact). To kick off the present, that features Black Pumas, the Haim sisters, Billie Eilish, and Finneas. First to carry out: Harry Kinds.
“He’ll steal your coronary heart and your gown and he’ll look rattling good doing it,” Noah says when introducing him.
And that he does, performing “Watermelon Sugar.” It’s his first time performing on the Grammys.
“We’re hoping that is all about what 2021 will be,” the host says in his opening monologue. And contemplating this may be probably the most regular award present to date in 2021 — there’s nobody over Zoom but, for example, and the evening opens with three musical performances (Eilish and HAIM after Kinds) — the main target is, no less than, on music the place it ought to be.
Mary Ellers is Wahu Times’s senior journalist covering federal politics. She has previously wrote for NPR and is a regular contributor to Medium. Mary graduated from Georgetown University’s journalism school with distinction in 2014.