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Miley Cyrus, Karol G win early; SZA, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Finneas perform hits

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Crowd gives standing ovation for Billie Eilish and Finneas

The crowd watched in stunned silence before erupting in cheers at the end of Billie Eilish and brother Finneas’ emotional rendition of “What Was I Made For?”

Their performance got a standing ovation.

The song won best song written for visual media during the Grammys Premiere Ceremony earlier today.

Taylor Swift in clock necklace set to midnight

Taylor Swift is wearing a clock necklace set to midnight, sparking online speculation about “Reputation (Taylor’s Version)” easter eggs.

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Taylor Swift at the Grammys on Sunday.Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

SZA performs ‘SOS’ hits

The artist opened her set with “Snooze” before transitioning into a femme fatale rendition of “Kill Bill.” The martial artistry, weapons and assassin-inspired outfits made for a killer performance.

SZA is the most-nominated artist of the night and has already snagged two awards.

Karol G wins best musica urbana album

The Colombian artist won for her album “Mañana Será Bonito,” making her the first female reggaeton artist to win a Grammy.

“This is my first time at the Grammys, and this is my first time holding my own Grammy,” she said. “I’m super happy, so excited, so nervous … to be in front of so many legends I admire and respect. My album has given me the best memories.” 

Luke Combs performs ‘Fast Car’ with Tracy Chapman

It’s the duet we’ve been waiting for!

Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman teamed up to perform “Fast Car” at the Grammys, after Combs’ cover became one of the biggest hits of 2023.

The crowd cheered when Chapman opened the song, putting a smile on the legendary singer’s face.

Noah points out Swift’s economic impact

Noah began cracking jokes about Taylor Swift right as the pop star entered the room, pointing to the economic boost her Eras Tour brought to cities around the world.

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Taylor Swift at the Grammys on Sunday.Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for The Recording Academy

“As Taylor Swift moves throughout the room, the local economy around her improves,” Noah said. “Lionel Richie? Now Lionel Wealthy.”

He also quipped that NFL fans should “let her live” at Chiefs games instead of “complaining” about her appearances.

“Every time someone says Taylor Swift, I’m going to cut the cameras to someone who played football,” he joked as the camera cut to Terry Crews, who formerly played on several NFL teams. “Oh, you like that, Terry Crews?”

Miley Cyrus wins first Grammy for best pop solo performance

Cyrus won the award for “Flowers.” She said she nearly missed the presentation because of traffic.

“I could have missed the award, that’s fine, but not Mariah Carey,” she said after saying she was stuck in traffic in wet weather.

Trevor Noah shames TikTok for ripping off artists

“That’s Spotify’s job,” Noah jabbed, garnering a big laugh from the room.

Mariah Carey presents first award

The crowd got so excited that it gave the “Queen of Christmas” a standing ovation when she stepped onto the stage to present best pop solo performance.

There’s the first AI joke

Noah continued his monologue with quips about the growing influence of AI music over the last year.

While it brought us a new Beatles song in 2023, it also made it possible for him to listen to the song “My Neck, My Back” in Italian singer Andrea Bocelli’s voice.

Trevor Noah is praising everyone in opening monologue

From Doja Cat to Meryl Streep, Trevor Noah is giving everyone in the room their due.

The host acknowledged the dominance of women in the major categories this year. Seven out of the eight nominations for both album of the year and record of the year are led by women.

“That’s how good a year this was for women,” he said.

Trevor Noah opens show with a joke about L.A. rain

Before introducing Dua Lipa, host Trevor Noah cracked a joke about how Angelenos are struggling to deal with the pouring rain.

“We’ll have a moment of silence for them later,” he said.

Dua Lipa debuts new song during Grammys opener

The singer teased her new era by opening the awards show with her coming song “Training Season” before launching into the lead single, “Houdini.”

Go on girl, give us everything!

It’s show time!

The 2024 Grammys are starting now!

‘Diary of Alicia Keys’ holds a new Grammy record

Alicia Keys’ 2003 album holds the record for longest span of any album receiving a Grammy award.

During the pre-show, a re-released version of “Diary of Alicia Keys” that came out last year to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary received a Grammy for best immersive audio album.

Doja Cat and Billie Eilish bring librarian chic looks to the red carpet

Both artists rocked Bayonetta glasses, which are small, rounded spectacles popularized by a video game character in the 2000s. The eyeglasses have been a hit among celebs in recent months.

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Billie Eilish and Doja Cat at the Grammys on Sunday.Neilson Barnard / Frazer Harrison

Billy Joel will perform his first new song in 17 years

Billy Joel didn’t start the fire, but he’s about to get everyone at the Grammys fired up.

The five-time Grammy winner is headed back to the awards show to perform “Turn the Lights Back On,” his first song in 17 years.

U2 will perform from Vegas Sphere

The Grammy-winning rock band U2 will deliver a special performance from the Sphere in Las Vegas, where it is wrapping up its nearly four-month residency, which became the fastest-grossing residency in Vegas history.

Its musical act will be the first broadcast performance from the Sphere, a first-of-its kind venue pushing the boundaries of live entertainment innovation.

The news first broke on Instagram last week.

No, Travis Kelce won’t be at the Grammys to support Taylor Swift

As much as some of us were eagerly anticipating a Travis Kelce red carpet outfit, he unfortunately will not be attending tonight. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end confirmed last week that he’s not going to make it, as he’s required to travel with the team today ahead of his own big career moment.

“I wish I could go support Taylor at the Grammys and watch her win every award that she’s nominated for. … Unfortunately, I gotta get ready for this big ol’ Super Bowl we got in a week,” he told Pat McAfee on Wednesday.

I suppose we can’t blame him, as he’s making his own name and chasing that fame.

Paris Jackson covers her 80-plus tattoos on red carpet

Paris Jackson was notably less tatted on the Grammys red carpet, with her more than 80 tattoos completely covered.

The ink was nowhere to be seen as Jackson wore a black Celine gown with several cutouts.

She shared an Instagram video of the process, revealing that she worked with makeup company CoverFX to pull off the look. “#CoverFX meant business when they said total cover cream foundation would have me covered,” she captioned the video.

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Not a tattoo in sight!Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images
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Paris Jackson flaunts a wave at the Grammys.Gilbert Flores / Billboard via Getty Images

Miley Cyrus stuns at the Grammys

Cyrus is up for six awards this year. She is slated to perform her hit “Flowers” at the ceremony.

She's just being Miley.
She’s just being Miley.Getty Images

Final presenter will be an iconic surprise, Grammys executive producer teases

Grammys executive producer Ben Winston teased that the final presenter of the night will remain a mystery — but will be sure to shock the audience.

“They are an absolute global icon. I think jaws will drop to the floor,” he told CNN in an interview. “People will be on their feet. The only condition they gave is that it was a surprise.”

Jordin Sparks name-drops new album in the works

Jordin Sparks, who’s back at the Grammys this year after her first nomination in 2009, revealed she’s working on a new album.

“It’s a little different than what people are used to, but it very much represents who I am now as a person, as a mom, as a wife, as a woman, as an artist,” Sparks said. “And the title is called ‘No Restrictions.’ I don’t know if I’m supposed to — I hope my manager doesn’t get mad at me.”

Its first single, “Call My Name,” was released in October.

Sparks is a nominee tonight for contemporary Christian music performance/song for “Love Me Like I Am,” a collab with for KING & COUNTRY.

Oprah and Meryl Streep are among this year’s presenters

This year’s presenters are a mix of top artists and Hollywood royalty.

The Grammys announced that Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Mark Ronson, Maluma, Meryl Streep, Samara Joy, Taylor Tomlinson and Oprah Winfrey are among the A-listers who will take the stage to present.

Jack Antonoff wins producer of the year, non-classical 

Antonoff won the last awards of the Grammys pre-show for his work on hits such as Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” and Lana Del Rey’s “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd.”

He gave Swift a shoutout during his speech.

Billie Eilish is rocking Barbie-core.

Billie Eilish brings some vintage Barbie to the Grammy Awards
Billie Eilish brings some vintage Barbie to the Grammy AwardsKevin Mazur / Getty Images
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Billie Eilish hits the Grammy carpet in her Barbie era.John Shearer / Getty Images

T-minus one hour until actual showtime

The pre-show, where most awards were handed out, is almost over. The telecast of music’s biggest night is set to start in less than an hour.

Time flies when you’re live blogging.

Mark Ronson shares thoughts on AI and the music industry

The “Barbie” soundtrack composer said that the human element of music is irreplaceable in a red carpet interview with The Associated Press.

“I might be naive, I don’t think there’s ever going to be a technology that’s gonna make us feel the same thing we feel like when we hear a Stevie Wonder vocal or an Amy Winehouse for the first time,” he said.

Sheila E. and Gloria Estefan to revive Celia Cruz’s ‘Bemba Colorá’

Renowned drummer Sheila E. told Variety on the Grammys red carpet that she is teaming up with Latin music legends Gloria Estefan, Rubén Blades and several other Latin artists to remake “Bemba Colorá” by the late Cuban salsa pioneer Celia Cruz.

“It’s just amazing. It’s got a great arrangement,” she said. “It’s my first time ever doing a salsa record.”

The record is set to come out April 5, she said.

SZA wins her first solo Grammy for ‘SOS’

SZA’s “SOS” won the Grammy for best progressive R&B album. It is her third Grammy and first solo win.

She was not present to accept the award at the premiere ceremony.

She’s probably getting ready to perform at the Grammys!

Coco Jones beats SZA for best R&B performance

“ICU” by Coco Jones beat SZA’s chart-topper, “Kill Bill,” to win the Grammy for best R&B performance.

Jelly Roll reflects on best new artist nomination at almost 40 years old

“I’m 40 years old and being nominated for best new artist,” the rapper, 39, told Laverne Cox interviewing for E! News on the red carpet.

Jelly Roll said he wants his fans to take that as a lesson that things can turn around at any time in life.

Samara Joy teases original song for Shirley Chisholm biopic

Samara Joy, who is nominated for best jazz performance tonight, announced a new original song for the coming Shirley Chisholm biopic “Shirley,” starring Regina King.

“I got a call!” she told Variety of how the song came about. “I’m really looking forward to everybody hearing it.”

She won’t be the only artist on the track — but Joy wouldn’t reveal who she collaborated with for the record.

“That’s a secret,” she said.

One final performance at the Premiere Ceremony

Jazz virtuosos Adam Blackstone, Robert Glasper, Bob James, Terrace Martin and Harvey Mason Sr. have taken the stage at the Premiere Ceremony for the final performance at the pre-show.

After they wrap up, there are nine awards left to hand out.

The live telecast of the Grammys show will then kick off at 8 p.m. ET.

Kandi Burruss says she’s leaving ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

On the carpet tonight, Kandi Burruss said she’s saying goodbye to Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” — for now at least.

“I decided I’m not coming back this year,” she told Variety. “It’s been 14 seasons and they allowed us to sit around for a little too long” and she began working on “some nice, big projects that are coming soon,” she said.

Burruss may not stay away forever, though.

“I wouldn’t say never,” she said.

Billie Eilish teases new album

Billie Eilish, who already won a Grammy for best song written for visual media tonight, said fans can expect a new album in the next year.

“Soon I will have more to say, but for now, ‘Barbie’ is what we’re talking about,” Eilish said in a red carpet interview with The Associated Press.

Joni Mitchell to perform at Grammys for first time

Joni Mitchell, whose influence on folk music and singer-songwriters is undeniable to this day, will perform tonight at the Grammys for the first time.

Mitchell, 80, just won her 10th Grammy tonight, for best folk album for her Brandi Carlile-produced 2023 release “Joni Mitchell at Newport (Live).”

The “Big Yellow Taxi” singer was thought to be done performing live after she suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015, but she surprised Newport Folk Festival-goers with a surprise “Joni jam” in 2022. The concert was recorded, leading to this latest Grammy win.

She performed in another (this time advertised) “Joni Jam” at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington state last summer and was the center of a Brandi Carlile & Friends show at the Hollywood Bowl in the fall. It remains to be seen whether Carlile will be on the stage with her idol and close friend tonight.

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Joni Mitchell performs during the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 1.Stefani Reynolds / AFP via Getty Images

Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves win best country duo

“I Remember Everything” by Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves won the Grammy for best country duo. It is Bryan’s first Grammy and Musgrave’s seventh.

Joni Mitchell wins best folk album

The legendary singer-songwriter won for her live album recorded live at Newport.

“We had so much fun at that concert, and you can feel it on that record,” she said in hen accepting her Grammy.

She got a standing ovation from the audience. She’s also expected to make her Grammy performance debut later tonight.

Michelle Obama wins Grammy

“The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times” by Michelle Obama won the Grammy for best audio book narration.

The former first lady was not at the ceremony to pick up the award, however.

It’s her second Grammy win! She won in the category in 2020 for “Becoming.”

Best reggae album goes to ‘Colors of Royal’

“Colors of Royal” by Julian Marley & Antaeus won the Grammy for best reggae album. It’s the pair’s first Grammy.

Gaby Moerno, Juanes and Natalia Lafourcade win in Latin music categories

Guatemalan artist Gaby Moreno won a Grammy for best Latin pop album for “X Mí (Vol. 1)” and dedicated her win to her homeland.

Colombian musician Juanes and Mexican artist Natalia Lafourcade tied in the best Latin rock or alternative album category.

Juanes won for “Vida Cotidiana” and Lafourcade for her album “De todas las flores.”

Hi Barbie! Dua Lipa shines on Grammys red carpet

Dua Lipa, who is nominated for two awards tonight and will be performing on the Grammys stage, said she’s all about the girl power at this year’s Grammys.

Asked by The Associated Press on the red carpet what is like to see women dominating the 2024 awards, she said, “It’s wonderful.”

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Dua Lipa is a vision in silver as she arrives at the Grammy Awards.Francis Specker / CBS via Getty Images

“I think what we want is an equal space in the industry … not just creatively but in the business side,” she said.

Victoria Monét, who won best R&B album, rocks the Grammy gold look on the carpet.

Victoria Monét poses on the carpet after winning best R&B album.
Victoria Monét poses on the carpet after winning best R&B album.Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images
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Who has won big so far?

We’ve got over an hour left of the Premiere Ceremony, and so far boygenius and Killer Mike seem to have the most wins, with three each. The “Barbie” movie soundtrack has won two.

Meanwhile, we’ve got two performances and a little over 30 categories to go before the Premiere Ceremony wraps.

The actual show kicks off in T minus 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Dave Chappelle wins best comedy album

“What’s In A Name?” by Dave Chappelle won the Grammy for best comedy album. Chappelle was not at the Premiere Ceremony to accept the award.

He won in the category last year, as well.

Boygenius wins three Grammys

“The Record” by boygenius won three Grammys, including best alternative music album. “Not Strong Enough” won best rock performance and best rock song.

“Oh my god. I want to throw up. We were all delusional enough as kids to think that this might happen to us one day,” band member Lucy Dacus said in an acceptance speech. “I would practice my acceptance speech….so I feel kind of like a kid because that was the last time something like this felt possible. This just like isn’t real.”

Phoebe Bridgers later added on stage, “this is so incredible, we’re just screaming backstage.”

Paramore wins two Grammys

The band won best rock album and best alternative music performance.

The group was not at the Premiere Ceremony to accept its awards.

Metallica wins Grammy for best metal performance

The legendary metal rock band won the award for its album “72 Seasons.”

Laufey performs and wins Grammy

The singer-songwriter from Iceland performed “From the Start” at the pre-show ceremony not knowing that moments later she would win a Grammy for best pop vocal album for “Bewitched.”

‘Some Like It Hot’ wins best musical theater album

The Grammy for best musical theater album went to “Some Like It Hot.” It beat out blockbuster revival “Parade,” starring Ben Platt, and “Kimberly Akimbo,” which won the Tony for best musical last summer.

“Support live theater,” the musical’s producer said in an acceptance speech.

Shakti wins best global album

The Grammy for best global album went to “This Moment” by Shakti. The members of the band, which makes Indian fusion music, thanked the country in their acceptance speech. “We are proud of you, India!” one member said.

Justin Tranter encourages people to fill seats

The host of the Premiere Ceremony encouraged audience members to fill in the empty seats in the front now that some people have already left.

Those who left are most likely hitting up the carpet. The prime-time show itself begins at 8 p.m. ET, after all.

First-ever best African music performance Grammy is given out

South African artist Tyla won the first Grammy for best African music performance for her song “Water.”

“My name is Tyla. I’m from South Africa. Last year, God decided to change my whole life,” Tyla, 22, said in her acceptance speech. “Thank you to Recording Academy for this category — it’s so important.”

The category is one of three new ones this year!

Boygenius hit the Grammys carpet rocking matching white suits.

This is not a drill — boygenius is in the building!Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
So wholesome, a boygenius hug at the Grammy Awards red carpet.Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images

Some online pointed out that the trio wore red pins that have a palm with a heart on them, which appear to be associated with artists who call for ceasefire.

Best spoken word album goes to J. Ivy

J. Ivy won his second Grammy for “The Light Inside.” In his acceptance speech, Ivy urged audiences to let “the poetry in our hearts whisper sweet lullabies that will rock our hurt to sleep.”

“The world needs more poets,” he said.

Lil Durk wins best melodic rap performance

“All My Life” by Lil Durk featuring J. Cole won the Grammy for best melodic rap performance, beating out SZA, Drake, 21 Savage and Doja Cat.

Killer Mike wins best rap performance

The rapper won a Grammy in the best rap performance for “SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS.”

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Killer Mike accepts the award for rap performance at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony.Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

“I’m a Black man in America, and as a kid I had a dream of becoming part of music,” he said in his acceptance speech. “I want to thank everyone who dared to believe that art can change the world.”

Oh wow! Moments after accepting his first award, Killer Mike came back on stage to accept another Grammy for best rap song

And another one.

“MICHAEL” won best rap album, making Killer Mike a 3-time winner tonight already.

‘Good Morning’ beats SZA for best traditional R&B performance

PJ Morton featuring Susan Carol, for “Good Morning,” beat out SZA, the most nominated artist of the night, in the best traditional R&B performance category.

Theron Thomas wins songwriter of the year, non-classical

The man behind tracks such as “How We Roll” with Ciara and Chris Brown, “Seven” by Jung Kook and Latto and “Told Ya” by Chlöe and Missy Elliot won a Grammy for songwriter of the year, non-classical.

He thanked his father for believing he would win a Grammy one day.

Still about 3 hours to go until the actual televised show …

Meanwhile, at the Premiere Ceremony, there are still three performances left (Kirk Franklin is performing right now) and by my count 58 awards (of the 80) left to present.

Lecrae wins two Grammys for ‘Church Clothes 4’

“Church Clothes 4” by Lecrae won two consecutive categories — contemporary Christian music performance/song and contemporary Christian music album.

Jason Isbell wins back-to-back Grammys

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit won best Americana album for “Weathervanes” and best American roots song for “Cast Iron Skillet.”

Bobby Rush wins best traditional blues album

“All My Love for You” by Bobby Rush won the Grammy for best traditional blues album. It is his third Grammy.

Allison Russell wins best American roots performance

The Grammy for best American roots performance went to Allison Russell for her song “Eve Was Black.” In her speech, Russell dedicated the win to people “of all colors,” orientations and genders.

The winners have so little time to give their acceptance speeches it seems like they truly rush to get to the stage. Russell had her shoes off as she ran to accept the award.

Chris Stapleton’s ‘White Horse’ wins two country music Grammys

Chris Stapleton’s “White Horse” won two Grammys, for best country solo performance and best country song.

Brandy Clark takes stage

Brandy Clark, who is nominated for six awards, performed her hit “Dear Insecurity” at the Premiere Ceremony.

David Bowie documentary ‘Moonage Daydream’ wins best music film

A documentary about the life of David Bowie, “Moonage Daydream,” won the Grammy for best music film.

Brett Morgen, the film’s director, accepted the Grammy, calling Bowie “the best artist to walk the planet.”

The Beatles’ ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ wins best music video

The winners included video director Em Cooper and video producers Jonathan Clyde, Sophie Hilton, Sue Loughlin and Laura Thomas.

Billie Eilish and Finneas win Grammy for ‘Barbie’ song

The powerful sibling duo Billie Eilish and Finneas won a Grammy for “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie” for best song written for visual media.

“I’m just in awe. I feel so grateful every second of my life to be doing everything I do,” Eilish said.

She thanked director Greta Gerwig “for making the most incredible, beautiful, empowering movie” and star-producer Margot Robbie for “being so amazing.”

The siblings also thanked their parents. Finneas gave a shoutout to their dad, who he said worked in construction at Mattel Corp. “to keep food on the table.”

Once again these two are looking like they may win their second Oscar thanks to this “Barbie” song.

‘Star Wars’ composers win Grammy

“Star Wars Jedi: Survivor” composers Stephen Barton and Gordy Haab won for best score soundtrack for video games and other interactive media.

The Premiere Ceremony is really overwhelming already

Thirty-five-plus minutes in and I’m already feeling overwhelmed by the number of nominees …

‘Oppenheimer’ wins score soundtrack for visual media

The Grammy for best score soundtrack for visual media went to “Oppenheimer.” The composer, Ludwig Göransson, accepted the award.

In his speech, he said the score was “difficult to make.”

This is likely a good sign for “Oppenheimer” when it comes to the Oscars in March. The film has been dominating across awards shows in various film categories.

Peso Pluma and Ruben Blades win in Latin music categories

Urban and regional Mexican singer Peso Pluma and salsero Ruben Blades won Grammys during the pre-show.

Peso Pluma won best música Mexicana album for his album “GÉNESIS,” and Blades won best tropical Latin album for his live album “Siembra: 45º Aniversario,” recorded in Puerto Rico’s largest coliseum.

First win of the night for ‘Barbie’

Hi, Barbie!

The movie won its first Grammy at the Premiere Ceremony for compilation soundtrack for visual media.

The film is nominated for 11 categories tonight.

Fred Again.. wins best dance/electronic music album

They won for their album “Actual Life 3 (January 1 — September 9 2022)” and weren’t there to accept the award.

‘Padam Padam’ by Kylie Minogue wins best pop dance recording

Guy Massey, the track’s producer, accepted the Grammy for best pop dance recording.

“Thank you to the icon that is Kylie for believing in this record,” he said in his speech.

Minogue thanked the Recording Academy in her enthusiastic reaction on X.

Skrillex wins best dance/electronic recording Grammy

The DJ and music producer accepted the award for his hit “Rumble.”

“I know the world is really crazy right now,” he said in his acceptance speech. “I hope we can start listening to each other and having conversations.”

SZA and Phoebe Bridgers win best pop duo

Neither artist is at the ceremony yet, but SZA and Phoebe Bridgers won the first Grammy of the evening.

SZA posted about the win on X, giving Bridgers a shoutout and thanking the Recording Academy.

“I’m so grateful and thank you to every producer om this record especially rob and Carter love u gang. WE GOT ONE !!”

80 Grammys will be handed out at the Premiere Ceremony

That’s right, a whopping 80.

“It’s time to hand out awards to people they are too scared to put on TV,” host Tranter joked before introducing the first category, best pop duo/group performance.

Justin Tranter is hosting the Grammys Premiere Ceremony

Songwriter and singer Justin Tranter is the host of the pre-show.

Tranter praised tonight’s nominees for “creating the heartbeat of our industry today.”

“We’re honoring the driving force behind those creations. You motherf——, all of you,” he said in the opening monologue. “Sorry, that’s why I’m on the pre-telecast. My parents swear even more than I do; it’s not my fault.”

Pentatonix, Jordin Sparks and more kick off Grammys Premiere Ceremony

The 66th Grammys have officially begun with the Premiere Ceremony.

The show, which is being streamed on YouTube before the prime-time awards, kicked off with an opening number from J. Ivy, Larkin Poe, Pentatonix, Sheila E. and Jordin Sparks.

A lot of awards get handed out before the show

Many of the Grammy Awards are actually given out during the Premiere Ceremony, which is streaming on YouTube at 3:30 p.m. ET.

We’ll be live blogging these, too; follow along!

SZA is the most nominated artist this year 

Tonight is a big night for SZA. The singer-songwriter got nine nominations — the most of any artist this year.

She’s nominated in some of the biggest categories, including: album of the year for her sophomore album, “SOS,” as well as record of the year and song of the year, for “Kill Bill.”

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SZA performing at the United Center in Chicago on Feb. 22.Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune via Getty Images

SZA is also scheduled to perform.

ICYMI Taylor Swift already made Grammy nomination history

All hail Taylor. When the nominations were announced, the pop star became the first person to be nominated in the song of the year category seven times.

She also got her sixth album of the year nomination for “Midnights,” tying her with music icon Barbra Streisand for the most nominations by a female artist in that category.

If Swift takes home album of the year for “Midnights,” she would make history and become the first person to win album of the year four times.

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Taylor Swift arrives for last year’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 5, 2023.Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images

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Is Taylor Swift announcing the release date of her “reputation (Taylor’s Version)” re-recording?

Ahead of the Grammy awards, some Swifties began speculating after the pop star changed her profile picture to a black and white image across several of her social media profiles.

The reputation album’s artwork is an image of Swift in black and white with her name written in newspaper type as part of the thematic ties of “reputation,” Swift’s response and her pushback to the way in which she was represented by the media.

reputation itself was only nominated for one Grammy in 2019, which many fans consider a snub.

Rep TV immediately began trending on X ahead of the awards show.

‘Barbie’ and Ken are back: Movie scores 11 Grammy nominations

Ryan Gosling as Ken in 'Barbie.'
Ryan Gosling as Ken in “Barbie.”Warner Bros. Pictures

Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” continues to dominate awards show nominations, this time at the Grammys for its soundtrack “Barbie The Album.”

It scored (pun intended) 11 nods across seven categories. Four of those nominations fall under best song written for visual media — a category so dominated by “Barbie,” it’s almost a guaranteed win for the film.

We’re hoping there will be an epic medley featuring the Kens.

It’s supposed to be a rainy L.A. Grammys day

It will not be another day of sun in Los Angeles today. The Grammys day forecast is expected to be wet, according to the National Weather Service.

As NBC News previously reported, the rain comes as a powerful Pacific storm system is expected to impact southern California, with rainfall occurring through Tuesday.

Awards shows are usually prepared for anything. And downpour won’t stop the celebrities from showing up in full glam and their best looks for the big day. But, it may be a tougher commute getting to and from Downtown L.A. Last year, Beyoncé and Bad Bunny ran late due to L.A. traffic. And that was without rain.

The Recording Academy hasn’t issued a statement on the gloomy weather. But early pictures of reporters at the event show a covered carpet.

Ben Winston, the executive producer of the Grammys, told CNN “the stress of this show in the lead up is bad enough and then sadly artists don’t always make it on time. You never know what’s going to happen on this show.”

Here’s how popular the nominees are on TikTok

Many of the nominees for song of the year became TikTok hits last year. The platform shared that “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus has been used the most in videos, with 6.32 million TikToks using the sound.

“What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish was used in 2.46 million videos. It was a popular choice among creators sharing girlhood memories and moments.

TikTok has also become an important tool for aspiring artists looking to gain exposure. Last year saw several popular artists on TikTok win awards, including Wet Leg, Steve Lacy and Muni Long.

Artists Noah Kahan and Ice Spice, who scored viral hits that catapulted their careers, are nominated for best new artist this year.

Speaking of TikTok…

Just days before the Grammys, thousands of songs were no longer available on the platform.

Universal Music Group, one of the “Big Three” global music companies, removed its catalog from TikTok in the early hours of Thursday after the two failed to reach a deal.

UMG said in a statement Wednesday that it would pull its tracks because of a lack of compensation for artists and songwriters. But TikTok pushed back, claiming the company was putting “their own greed above the interests of artists and songwriters.”

Read more here.

There are three new categories this year

  • Best African Music Performance 
  • Best Alternative Jazz Album
  • Best Pop Dance Recording
Image: Grammy Trophies
Grammy trophies sit in the press room.Don Emmert / AFP via Getty Images

There were some new Grammy rules instated last year

Last year, the awards show introduced a new rule stating a work is only eligible for a Grammy if it contains human authorship. Aimed at addressing rising concerns around AI, the protocol is nuanced.

Some use of AI material is acceptable, according to the rule, but only if there’s a degree of human contribution that’s “meaningful” to the work and “relevant” to the category it’s submitted in. And authors of AI material are ineligible to receive a Grammy for their AI contributions.

Other rule changes included a reduction from 10 to eight nominees in the show’s major categories: album, song and record of the year, as well as best new artist. The move from the Recording Academy backpedaled on its 2021 decision to expand the categories from eight to 10.

Who is performing at the Grammys? 

What would music’s biggest night be without a stellar lineup of performances?

There are nearly a dozen musical acts planned for the 2024 Grammy Awards ceremony.

Here’s a round-up of those who have already been announced:

  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Billie Eilish
  • Dua Lipa
  • SZA
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Travis Scott
  • Burna Boy
  • Luke Combs
  • Billy Joel
  • U2
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Jon Batiste
  • Luke Combs
  • Tracy Chapman
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Fantasia
  • Annie Lennox

Trevor Noah is hosting (again)

Trevor Noah clearly loves the Grammy Awards. The former “Daily Show” host will emcee for a fourth consecutive year.

“I’m equal parts excited and nervous,” the comedian told Variety about this year’s show. “I always wonder why I say yes to this thing, and then if it goes well — which it has, thankfully — I’m always grateful that I did. But the nerves never go away. There are only two things you can do: do it well, or completely mess it up. That’s not a great life to be living! I don’t know why I do this myself.”

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Host Trevor Noah speaks during the 65th Grammy Awards at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Feb. 5, 2023.Kevin Winter / Getty Images

When asked about what the hardest part of the gig is, Noah said he fears disappointing the artists he loves.

“If you don’t do well for a live audience, OK, you’re gonna bounce back; if you don’t do well for a home audience, OK, some people are going to comment online,” he said. “But to have the look of disappointment come from an icon or somebody that you really love — I do not wish for that experience. So I work twice as hard.”

The comedian is also nominated in the best comedy album category this year.

How and when to watch the Grammy Awards

The Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, on March 12, 2023.
The Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, on March 12, 2023.Alamy

The Grammys air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. For the cord cutters out there, the Grammys will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+, but only for subscribers of Paramount+ with Showtime, according to the Grammys website. Regular Paramount+ Essential subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the awards air (in the U.S. only).

What to watch for during the 2024 Grammys

Watch our NBC News Now team share what you need to know ahead of music’s biggest night.

What time does the red carpet start?

Per usual, E! will be hosting specials from the red carpet. Stars usually roll up about an hour before showtime, so our guess is it’s best to turn on your TV by 7 p.m. ET.

The Recording Academy will also have a red carpet special, “#GRAMMYLive from The Red Carpet,” which starts at 6 p.m. ET and will be available to stream at live.GRAMMY.com.

Grammys 2024: A list of the night’s biggest nominees

Record of the Year

  • “Worship,” Jon Batiste
  • “Not Strong Enough,” boygenius
  • “Flowers,” Miley Cyrus
  • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie,” Billie Eilish
  • “On My Mama,” Victoria Monét
  • “Vampire,” Olivia Rodrigo
  • “Anti-Hero,” Taylor Swift
  • “Kill Bill,” SZA

Album of the Year

  • “World Music Radio,” Jon Batiste
  • “The Record,” boygenius
  • “Endless Summer Vacation,” Miley Cyrus
  • “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” Lana Del Rey
  • “The Age of Pleasure,” Janelle Monáe
  • “Guts,” Olivia Rodrigo
  • “Midnights,” Taylor Swift
  • “SOS,” SZA

Song of the Year

  • “A&W” — Jack Antonoff, Lana Del Rey & Sam Dew, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
  • “Anti-Hero” — Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
  • “Butterfly” — Jon Batiste & Dan Wilson, songwriters (Jon Batiste)
  • “Dance the Night” (From “Barbie the Album”) — Caroline Ailin, Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
  • “Flowers” — Miley Cyrus, Gregory Aldae Hein & Michael Pollack, songwriters (Miley Cyrus)
  • “Kill Bill” — Rob Bisel, Carter Lang & Solána Rowe, songwriters (SZA)
  • “Vampire” — Daniel Nigro & Olivia Rodrigo, songwriters (Oliva Rodrigo)
  • “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie” — Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

Best New Artist

  • Gracie Abrams
  • Fred Again
  • Ice Spice
  • Jelly Roll
  • Coco Jones
  • Noah Kahan
  • Victoria Monét
  • The War and Treaty

Read more nominees here.

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