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Everything to know about the Grammy Awards 2021

The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place later than usual this year, but the long awaited music event is still on.

The ceremony was originally supposed to take place on January 31, but on January 5 it has been announced that the event will be postponed for six weeks.

It will be held, as usual, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on Sunday, March 14. Unlike the previous years, this edition will unfold without audience. The show will feature, though, media representatives and a red carpet for hundreds of stars.

This event will be hosted by Trevor Noah. He is also the host of “The Daily Show”, and a one-time Grammy nominee in 2020, for the Best Comedy Album. He joked that he indeed is “the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award”.

The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS and CBS All Access, starting at 8 PM ET. 

There are some new things happening this year, like there is no longer needed a specific number of releases for the artist to enter the best new artist category. Also, a few awards have been renamed – one example is the best urban contemporary album, now named best progressive R&B album, or the best world music album, now renamed as the best global music album.

These being said, how does the nomination process work and who is nominated for what?

One thing to begin with is the eligibility year, which in this case runs from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.

The nominations were announced on November 24, and Beyonce leads the way, with nine nominations. Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch follow with six each. Beyonce has already 24 awards and 79 nominations, being a Grammy legend. 

One of the categories where Beyonce is nominated is the Record of the Year – she is the second favorite. If we look at the Online Betting odds at Unibet, we see that her “Black Parade” record has +375 odds at winning the award. The big favorite is “Don’t Start Now”, by Dua Lipa, with +100. Third is “Savage” (Megan Thee Stallion ft Beyonce), with +500.

“Black Parade” is also the second when it comes to the odds at winning the Song of the Year award, with +325. First is Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan”, with +150, while “Don’t Start Now has +350.

Nonetheless, Beyonce’s “Black Parade” is by far the main favorite for the Best R&B Song, with -155 odds, while “Savage” is the big favorite for the Best Rap Song, with -200. 

When it comes to the Album of the Year, Taylor Swift is the main attraction for the bookmakers, with her album “Folklore” having -200 odds. It is followed by Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” (+300).

In other categories, Megan Thee Stallion is the main favorite for the Best New Artist (+125), while Fiona Apple’s “Shameika” leads the way for the Best Rock Song (-118).

Other artists having received nominations are Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish (four each), Jay-Z, Drake and Harry Styles (three each), and Lady Gaga, with two. She has the second odds (+175) at winning the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, with her “Rain on Me” song, featuring Ariana Grande. Gaga’s “Chromatica” is also nominated at the Best Pop Vocal Album category.

In other news, Coldplay are fourth (+1200) when it comes to the Album of the Year odds, with “Everyday Life”.

While the list of nominees is so great, and we know pretty much all there is to know about the show, one thing is still unknown up until this moment – the performers. But, as Vogue named the event one of the most glamourous and important nights of the year in entertainment, next to the Oscars and the Met Gala, the expectations are high in regard to who will sing at the 63rd Grammy Awards.