To paraphrase the great Lana Del Rey: Did you know that there’s an awards ceremony on Figueroa Street?
Breathlessly described by the Recording Academy as “music’s biggest night,” the 66th Grammy Awards take place Sunday evening at Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles, preceded by the Premiere Ceremony at the nearby Peacock Theater. Trevor Noah is back to host for the fourth time in a row, and performances are expected by a mix of young stars and old-timers including SZA, Joni Mitchell, Olivia Rodrigo, Billy Joel, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Travis Scott and U2.
Top nominees in a very strong year for women include Eilish, SZA, Victoria Monét, Boygenius — and, of course, Taylor Swift, without whom no awards show is complete. (Among the LPs nominated against Swift’s “Midnights” for the coveted album of the year prize: SZA’s “SOS,” Miley Cyrus’ “Endless Summer Vacation” and Del Rey’s “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.”) Alas, Swift’s boyfriend, Travis Kelce, has said that prep for next weekend’s Super Bowl will keep him from making the show. A million meme makers mourn.
The Times’ Mikael Wood and August Brown will be covering the prime-time ceremony as it happens, with Vanessa Franko updating us on happenings during the Premiere Ceremony. Stick with us here throughout the day for news, analysis and the occasional mystified reaction to some upset or other.
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12:35 p.m. Greetings, music fans! We’re gearing up to cover the 66th Grammy Awards. Will Taylor Swift finally win song of the year? Will she break the record for album of the year wins with “Midnights”? Will we find out a release date for “Reputation (Taylor’s Version)”?
The main show starts at 5 p.m. Pacific, but first, we’ll keep you posted on the big highlights from the Premiere Ceremony, which will award dozens of genre and technical Grammys. We’ll be updating the winners throughout both ceremonies.
The Premiere Ceremony is getting things started with Sheila E., Larkin Poe, Pentatonix and Jordin Sparks,performing Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” As someone who used the same song to start off my wedding reception, it’s a smart choice to inject energy into the early ceremony. — Vanessa Franko