With 84 categories spanning nearly every conceivable genre, there’s a lot to take stock of at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. From first-time nominees to veterans of the award show, here’s what you should watch out for Sunday.
15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys returns as host
“Girl on Fire” singer Alicia Keys returns to the Grammys as a host for the second consecutive year. The 15-time Grammy award winner was the first female artist to host the awards in 14 years, following Queen Latifah, who hosted in 2005.
Keys has described her experience hosting the show as “powerful.”
“At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host,” Keys said in a statement after the news was announced in November. “Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music.”
Last year, Keys sang a medley of songs, which she titled “Songs I Wish I Wrote.” Among the melodies were Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly,” Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” and Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.”
Nipsey Hustle Tribute
Nipsey Hussle will be honored at The Grammys with performances from John Legend, Meek Mill, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG. The rapper, who died last March, was posthumously nominated for three Grammy Awards for best rap performance, best rap/sung performance and best rap song.
Ariana Grande’s back after boycott
Last year, Ariana Grande said “Thank U, Next” to the Grammy Awards, even though she was nominated for — and ultimately won — the award for best pop album. Grande decided not to attend the awards show last year, citing disagreements with producers over which song she would perform. This year, Grande is not only slated to perform, but she’s up for awards in the best pop vocal album, record of the year, album of the year, best pop solo performance and best pop duo/group performance categories.
The contentious best new artist category
The best new artist category is always a contentious one and this year may prove to be among the most debatable. Eight artists are nominated in the category, all of which have had a remarkable year. The artists include Lizzo, Black Pumas, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Maggie Rogers, Rosalía, Tank and the Bangas, and Yola. Though these artists play different genres of music, many can credit social media for their rise in popularity.
Recording Academy Controversy
This year’s Grammy Awards will occur as turmoil unfolds among the Recording Academy’s leadership. Deborah Dugan, the first female president of the organization was placed on administrative leave last week. She filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday, claiming she was placed on leave in retaliation for having sent a memo outlining concerns about the organization. Dugan alleges unlawful gender discrimination, sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation and unequal pay.
To what extent this controversy could overshadow the Grammys remains to be seen.
source : nbcnews.com