While in Spain we are immersed in the Benidorm Festival and its finale to discover our Eurovision representative – who will also get the bronze microphone, in addition to a direct pass to Malmö -, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the United States is experiencing its most important musical week thanks to the celebration of the Grammy awards or, in other words, the awards considered the most important in the industry and organized by the National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences.
This 2024, its 66th edition will return to the Los Angeles Arena during the early hours of Sunday, February 4 to Monday, February 5. The gala will begin at 2 in the morning (Spanish time). But first, the stars of music, culture and entertainment will parade along the red carpet located at the Peacock Theater (a few meters from the main venue), in what is known as the Premiere of the 2024 Grammy Awards Ceremony.
Throughout these days, important figures from the world have already been honored, such as Jon Bon Jovi, chosen as Person of The Year; either Jon Plattone of the magnates of music business. The evening itself will last until approximately 5:30 in the morning. There will be three and a half hours of live music, collecting golden gramophones, emotional speeches and, of course, a lot of partying. Next, we review who are the presenters, top nominees and the artists who will perform on the Grammys stage.
Grammy Award nominations
This year’s list of nominees has a lot of female prominence. SZA leads the nominations competing for 9 Grammy Awards; among others, in main categories such as Album of the Year by S.O.S.; and Song of the Year by Kill Bill.
They follow closely Taylor Swift —who has broken records by becoming the most nominated artist in history in the Best Song of the Year category thanks to Anti-Hero and has equaled Barbra Streissand as the most nominated for Best Album—and Olivia Rodrigo, with 6 nominations each. Also Miley Cyrus and Billie Eilish They repeat his name in several categories.
With respect to music in Spanish, we find Latin and national stars such as Maluma, Karol G, Peso Pluma, Pablo Alborán, Rauw Alejandro or Tainyamong others.
Presenters of this 66th edition
One more year, The master of ceremonies will be comedian, writer and television presenter Trevor Noah. However, great personalities will attend as presenters to present different awards in different categories.
In this way, we will have Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Mark Ronson, Maluma, Kacey Musgraves, Meryl Streep, Samara Joy, Taylor Tomlinson, Oprah Winfrey and more surprises on the Crypto.com Arena stage.
Who will perform at the Grammys: Dua Lipa, Billy Joel, Travis Scott…
As for the musical numbers that will be at the 66th edition of the Grammy Awards, pop artists such as Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish or Olivia Rodrigo; rappers like Burna Boy and Travis Scott; country singers like Luke Combs… And the top nominee, SZA, will also sing live.
On the more side classicalwe know that both Billy Joel as Joni Mitchell They will go on stage. The first will offer his new song, unreleased in 30 years, Turn the lights back on; and the second will have its live debut at an awards ceremony like this one. U2 It has also been added to the list of performances, however, it will not do so in person. The Irish band will connect live from the Sphere venue in Las Vegas to share a performance innovative and unique in its history.
On the other hand, the gala will experience a heartfelt and musical tribute In Memoriam. Stevie Wonder will pay tribute to Tony Bennet; Annie Lennox, Wendy and Lisa Coleman they will do the same in honor of Sinead O’Connor. For its part, Jon Batiste and Lenny Kravitz two generations will unite to honor Clarence Avant, the godfather of black music. And finally, Fantasia Barrino will capture the spirit and unmatched energy of Queen of Rock and Roll Tina Turner.
How do you vote and who awards the Grammy Awards?
As we have already mentioned in the first lines, the entity in charge of organizing the Grammy Awards is the United States National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciencesan organization founded in 1957 that represents vocalists, songwriters, producers and other professionals linked to the music industry and whose purpose is to ensure that the recording arts continue to reap fruits and contribute to the cultural heritage of the United States and the rest of the world .
This organization chooses the different winners of these awards and who establish the categories that are contested each year. However, All those artists who want to be nominated must take the initiative and register; Otherwise, they cannot be proposed as candidates to win the golden gramophone.
When the registration period closes, More than 350 experts in different musical areas review the songs and recordings to verify that they meet the requirements established to compete in each of the categories. After this first screening, The Recording Academy vote in each of their areas of expertise. From here, the five nominees from each category come out. Then there is a second round of voting (focused on measuring their musical quality), which resolves who the clear winners are (artists and recording works) of the Grammy Awards annually.
The after party from the Grammys
Once the awards ceremony is over, guests, nominees and winners go somewhere else with the music, that is, they continue with the party in a after party most exclusive.
The official Post-Grammys will move to the Los Angeles Convention Center and will feature performances by Ne-Yo, Superblue, Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter and DJ Ben Bakson.
Other post-parties will take place at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood, hosted by the Republic Records record label. This label has artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Post Malone, Demi Lovato, Lil Wayne, Nick Jonas, DJ Khaled and The Chainsmokers among its catalogue. According to Cornucopia UK Events, a standard ticket for this party is priced at £3,999 per person (approximately €4,300).