UPDATE: The early numbers for TV viewership did go higher (as suggested below) but not by much. Only 8.8 million tuned in to the broadcast and the excuses are all over the place.
The one they rarely use is nobody likes what they are on the show. Or they like one or two artists but are not willing to sit through the rest. And not many actual awards get handed out during the bloated event.There were 23 performances in the show, for crying out loud.
BEFORE: Talk about stepping on another award show. That is what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did this morning (March 15).
Fresh off the Grammys Awards Sunday night (March 14), out came the Oscar nominations. So, when rehashing the night of music winners and performances, one needed to switch gears to talk movies. Usually, an award show wants the next day's headlines to focus on that, not switch. But, with the schedule of awards shifted due to a pandemic, that is harder to achieve.
Thus, two competing stories (at least at the outset). So, here we go. Three if you count March Madness, but sports can be separate and should be. The Oscars moved its award show from competing with the NCAA final years ago.
- The Grammys had way too many performances. Yes, it is a show about music but it is first, an award show. Hand out more during the live show. Most are handed out early.
- Beyonce has now won 28 Grammys. Elvis won three, for gospel. Hmmmm. Alison Kraus won 27. George Solti has 31. Because there are so many categories, this can happen. Pretty soon we all will win one.
- There was too much lip-syncing at the Grammys. And auto-tune.
- Award shows need to spend more time entertaining and less time making statements and lecturing its audience.
- We will see what the TV ratings were for the Grammys soon. That is, unless they delay them like they have this year for other special TV events.
- They do pick and choose what to show on the Grammys so when ratings tank, it is on them.
- Many words were used to describe Grammy performances. Some included dazzling, electrifying and intimate. It was none of that. Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa were good. The others, not so much. It was more like watching the Tony Awards. Too many distractions, dancing and visuals. At times, that is fine, but every single performance was a production number. Exhausting!!!!!!
Here is how the Academy puts the show this year - "Quarantine-friendly and partly virtual."
The 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, officially known as the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, takes place Sunday, March 14, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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- There is always controversy with an award show. ALWAYS!
- In Keeping with my style, if everyone talks about something, I pass. Blue Ivy winning is one such item from this show so far. She got a writing credit, so she and her mom and others won for Video. I go on Twitter and every single outlet seems to be headlining that right now. That is all I will note. Oh, and Bill Burr.
- There are way too many performances in this show.
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Record of the Year
"Black Parade" — Beyoncé
"Colors" — Black Pumas
"Rockstar" — DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
"Say So" — Doja Cat
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish - WINNER
"Don't Start Now" — Dua Lipa
"Circles" — Post Malone
"Savage" — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
Album of the Year
Chilombo — Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas
Everyday Life — Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3 — Jacob Collier
Women In Music Pt. III — Haim
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa
Hollywood's Bleeding — Post Malone
Folklore — Taylor Swift - WINNER
Best New Artist
Megan Thee Stallion - WINNER
Best Country Album
Lady Like — Ingrid Andress
Your Life Is a Record — Brandy Clark
Wildcard — Miranda Lambert - Winner
Nightfall — Little Big Town
Never Will — Ashley McBryde
Best Pop Solo Performance
"Yummy" — Justin Bieber
"Say So" — Doja Cat
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish
"Don't Start Now" — Dua Lipa
"Watermelon Sugar"— Harry Styles - Winners
"Cardigan" — Taylor Swift
Song of the Year
"Black Parade" — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim "Kaydence" Krysiuk & Rickie "Caso" Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"The Box" — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
"Cardigan" — Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
"Circles" — Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
"Don't Start Now" — Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
"I Can't Breathe" — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.) - WINNER
"If The World Was Ending" — Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)
Best Rap Song
"The Bigger Picture" — Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew & Rai'shaun Williams, Songwriters (Lil Baby)
"The Box" — Larrance Dopson, Samuel Gloade, Rodrick Moore, Adarius Moragne, Eric Sloan & Khirye Anthony Tyler, Songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
"Laugh Now Cry Later" — Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron Latour & Ryan Martinez, Songwriters (Drake Featuring Lil Durk)
"Rockstar" — Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV & Rodrick Moore, Songwriters (Dababy Featuring Roddy Ricch)
"Savage" — Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, Songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé) - WINNER
Best Pop Vocal Album
Changes — Justin Bieber
Chromatica — Lady Gaga
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa - WINNER
Fine Line — Harry Styles
Folklore — Taylor Swift
Best R&B Performance
"Lightning & Thunder" — Jhené Aiko Featuring John Legend
"Black Parade" — Beyoncé - WINNER
"All I Need" — Jacob Collier Featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $Ign
"Goat Head" — Brittany Howard
"See Me" — Emily King
A few early awards right here...
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
"Blue Umbrella" — (Burt Bacharach &) Daniel Tashian
"True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter" — Harry Connick, Jr.
"American Standard" — James Taylor - WINNER
"Unfollow the Rules" — Rufus Wainwright
"Judy" — Renée Zellweger
Best Rock Album
"A Hero's Death" — Fontaines D.C.
"Kiwanuka" — Michael Kiwanuka
"Daylight"— Grace Potter
"Sound & Fury" — Sturgill Simpson
"The New Abnormal "— The Strokes - WINNER
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"All Night" — Brothers Osborne
"10,000 Hours" — Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber - WINNER
"Ocean" — Lady A
"Sugar Coat" — Little Big Town
"Some People Do" — Old Dominion
Best Country Solo Performance
"Stick That in Your Country Song" — Eric Church
"Who You Thought I Was" — Brandy Clark
"When My Amy Prays" — Vince Gill - WINNER
"Black Like Me" — Mickey Guyton
"Bluebird" — Miranda Lambert
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
"Joker" - WINNER
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
"Bill & Ted Face the Music"
"Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga"
"Jojo Rabbit "- WINNER
Best Musical Theater Album
"American Utopia on Broadway"
"Jagged Little Pill" - WINNER
"Little Shop of Horrors"
"The Prince of Egypt"
Best Comedy Album
"Black Mitzvah" — Tiffany Haddish - WINNER
"I Love Everything "— Patton Oswalt
"The Pale Tourist" — Jim Gaffigan
"Paper Tiger "— Bill Burr
"23 Hours to Kill" — Jerry Seinfeld
From press release
The Recording Academy announced the full lineup for the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, officially known as the 63rd GRAMMY Awards.
Performers include Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift.
According to the Academy, the "artists will be coming together, while still safely apart, to play music for each other as a community and celebrate the music that unites us all."
The shows airs on CBS Sunday, March 14, 8 p.m. ET.