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Grammy Awards 2021: TV, times, how to watch online

The 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards will be hosted by Trevor Noah, with Beyoncé leading the list of contenders with nine nominations.

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on March 10, 2021 shows (from L) British singer/songwriter Dua Lipa attending Billboard's 13th Annual Women In Music event at Pier 36 in New York City on December 6, 2018, US singer/songwriter Beyonce

After a six-week delay due to concerns over the Covid-19 spread in California, the 2021 Grammy Awards finally airs this weekend from Los Angeles, in what will be a pandemic-friendly event with no audiences and socially-distanced stages close to the awards ceremony’s home at the Staples Center.

This year’s 63rd edition will be hosted by comedian and Daily Show host, Trevor Noah (nominated last year for best comedy album), with performances taking place on five stages, arranged facing each other in a round shape. While the performances have been put together to look like a continuous broadcast, some of them have been pre-recorded, as the organizers have done their best to keep performers apart.

"There's going to be stages that are intricately designed to be socially distanced but at the same time engaging with the people, so it'll feel like you're there at some sort of music-festival-meets-awards-show-meets-special-concert just for you at home," said Noah.

Trevor Noah will host the 63rd edition of the Grammys.
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Trevor Noah will host the 63rd edition of the Grammys.VALERIE MACONAFP

While the event will be very different this year, one thing that will not change is that performances will be provided by some of the world’s biggest pop stars, including Billy Eilish, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, John Mayer and Post Malone.

Beyonce leads Grammy nominations

Grammy veteran Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations, which brings her total career tally to 79. Behind her with six nominations are Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Rich. Other nominees include Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard and country star Ingrid Andress.

The biggest surprise omission from the 2021 awards list is three-time winner The Weeknd, who has been snubbed despite releasing a commercially and critically successful album that topped the Billboard Charts for four weeks. Having learning of his absence from the nominations list, the ‘Blinding Lights’ singer called the Grammy awards panel "corrupt" and vowed to boycott the ceremony from now on.

What time does the Grammys 2021 start and what channel is it on?

The ceremony starts at 8pm ET, or 5pm PT, on Sunday, 14 March at an undisclosed building in Los Angeles, California. Cable subscribers can watch the show on CBS, or stream it on

How to watch for the Grammys 2021 for free

Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) is currently offering a one-month free trial that you can use to watch the Grammys online for free. All you need to do is sign up before the event on Sunday evening.

Beyoncé has nine nominations this year, bringer her career total to 79.
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Beyoncé has nine nominations this year, bringer her career total to 79.ROBYN BECKAFP

Tune in for the Grammy Awards pre-show on

This year 70 of the 83 Grammy awards will be announced during a special pre-show, called the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, which begins at 3pm ET, or 12 pm ET. Singer Jhené Aiko will host the event, with performances from nominees like Burna Boy, Lido Pimienta, Poppy and Rufus Wainwright.

The pre-show will be streamed on and on the Grammys YouTube channel.


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