The awards will be packed with performances from Kesha, Cardi B, SZA, Elton John, and more.
The 60th Grammy Awards are nigh, and lo, they are not messing around. The 2018 awards ceremony — which will be held January 28 at 7:30 pm EST — is pulling out all the stops. (Though, okay, it’s also going straight back to the James Corden well, enlisting the Late Late Show host to emcee the evening for the second year in a row.)
The notoriously long and spectacle-driven awards show will feature performances from nominees like SZA, Kesha, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and, of course, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, the masterminds behind “Despacito,” 2017’s biggest hit and most inescapable earworm. (Justin Bieber, nominated for pitching in on the “Despacito” remix, will reportedly skip the ceremony.)
There will also be bonus turns from nominees such as Pink and Lady Gaga, as well as a planned tribute to the victims of last October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas from Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Brothers Osborne, all of whom were performing at the country music festival that was targeted. Elton John, who is receiving a lifetime achievement award, will perform with Miley Cyrus.
This year’s Grammys are also moving back to New York City after 15 years in Los Angeles, and plan to honor that fact with an homage to something unique to the city: Broadway. The legendary Patti LuPone will perform her iconic version of Evita‘s “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” while 2017 Tony winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) will take on a number from West Side Story.
Outside of the performances, many nominees and attendees reportedly plan to wear white roses to show solidarity with the Time’s Up initiative.
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