Grammys 2024: Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, SZA and U2 to star at ceremony
Quietly worry him… but could he do it right at the Grammy Awards this year?
The ceremony, which takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday, is known for its own goals, often rewarding middle-of-the-road heritage acts over modern pop, co – contemporary
But this year’s nominees are populist picks straight down the line, with R&B star SZA leading the way with nine.
There will also be performances from big names from Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish to Joni Mitchell and U2.
Comedian Trevor Noah will host for the fourth year in a row, overseeing an incredible 94 categories, from best contemporary Christian album to best audiobook, where Michelle Obama will be the Meryl Streep’s face.
Elsewhere, indie-rock supergroup Phoebe Bridgers Boygenius, and pop star Victoria Monét have seven nominations each.
Chart stars Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey and Ice Spice have also made several nominations in a field led by women.
Here are nine things to know before the event.
1) How to watch the Grammys
First, brew a pot of strong coffee.
The Grammys are awards given by the Recording Academy of the United States for outstanding achievements in music.
More than 80 will be awarded in what is called the “main ceremony” at 20:30 GMT on Sunday (12:30 in Los Angeles).
It’s often worth tuning in. The winners in the more obscure categories are less skilled and less excited about winning, and the performances are looser and, dare I say it, more musical than the Hollywood-level set pieces you see more later on.
You can watch the whole thing on the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel and on live.grammy.com.
The main show, which starts at 01:00 Monday GMT, will be broadcast live in the US on CBS and broadcast on Paramount Plus. Selected lectures and presentations are usually uploaded to YouTube the next day.
2) Will Taylor Swift overtake Ol’ Blue Eyes?
If Swift wins album of the year for Midnights, she will become the first artist ever to pick up the prestigious award four times.
Currently, she is tied with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra, who have three wins each.
But usually the Grammys were less interested in Swift’s pop albums than she was looking for country and people.
Her competition for record of the year is strong. Here is the full list of nominees:
- Boygenius – The Record
- Janelle Monáe – Age of Happiness
- Jon Batiste – World Music Radio
- Lana Del Rey – Did you know there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd
- Miley Cyrus – endless summer vacation
- Olivia Rodrigo – Guts
- SZA – SOS
- Taylor Swift – Midnight
3) Joni and Tracy could put young stars in the shade
Without a doubt today’s superstars Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, SZA and Olivia Rodrigo will be putting on great performances of their big hits.
But the show seems to have been stolen by two other female artists who have largely been out of the public eye in recent years.
Joni Mitchell is sure to have a performance worthy of a living legend when she makes her first Grammys performance at the age of 80.
And Tracy Chapman is rumored to be making a rare public appearance to join country star Luke Combs on his 1988 classic Fast Car, which he brought back to the charts last year.
Other acts on the night will include Billy Joel, Travis Scott and Burna Boy.
4) A win for SZA is a win for Scotland
In the US, SZA’s second album SOS topped the charts for 10 weeks and marked the singer’s ascension to the major league.
Born in Missouri and raised in New Jersey, the singer – real name Solána Imani Rowe – trained in marine biology before launching her music career.
If her latest album picks up a Grammy, it will also mean a win for the 20-year-old music producer from Scotland.
Blair Ferguson, who writes under the name BLK Beats, wrote the music for her hit single Snooze in his bedroom in Glasgow, and went on to sell over two and a half million copies. smallpox in the US.
“SZA is just a genius and she can change any record with the way she comes up with a melody,” he told BBC News. “I don’t think that any other artist could have done that track.”
5) Who is a bigger rock star: Mick or Olivia?
The best rock song category is a culture clash for the ages, as Olivia Rodrigo’s punky Ballad Of A Homeschooled Girl goes up against The Rolling Stones’ Angry, a tale of conflicted lovers.
So who’s against rock ‘n’ roll in 2024? The Grammys like to reward longevity, but they may be swayed by the rock revival of Rodrigo, who helped spark the first renaissance in guitar music in over ten years.
It’s a strong field, with Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age also in the running. But Boygenius must be the real contenders.
Formed by indie songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, last year they produced an era-defining guitar album, stacked with astronomical harmonies and poetic lyrics.
Nominated in all major categories as well as the rock subgenres, it could be the runaway winner
6) The first one for Africa
A new category, the best African musical performance, reflects the prominence of genres such as Afrobeats and Amapiano but also “Africa’s profound influence on musical history”, according to the Grammys.
Among the initial nominees – who have previously been outed in the world music category – are Nigerian stars Burna Boy, Asake, Ayra Starr and Davido, along with South African singer Tyla.
“Honestly, especially the Grammys is a huge honor,” said Tyla, who hit the world with Water in late 2023.
Two more new awards have been introduced for 2024 – best alternative jazz album and best pop dance recording.
7) Justice for Miley!
Despite her storied career, Miley Cyrus has yet to win a Grammy, and has only been nominated twice in the past.
But this year, the SFKAHM (Singer Formerly Hannah Montana) has six nominations for her grown-up pop album, Endless Summer Vacation.
The single Flowers, the biggest selling song in the UK last year and topped the US Billboard charts for eight weeks, is up for album and song of the year, and best pop vocal performance.
But in a strong year for sad girls singing pop songs, she could leave empty-handed again.
8) Is there country music at the Grammys?
There was a huge country revival in the US last year. Streams of the genre rose by 20%, and last August the top three positions in the Billboard Hot 100 were taken over by country songs for the first time.
But none of those artists – Morgan Wallen, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan – are nominated in the biggest categories of each genre at the Grammys.
In fact, no country album has been nominated for record of the year since Kacey Musgraves (who won the award) five years ago.
So what’s going on? It seems to be a response to the political and racial views of the biggest stars in the genre.
Voters are wary of Wallen because of a major event in 2021, where he was caught on camera using a racial slur.
With Aldean, the politics were embedded in his song, Try That in a Small Town – a story of emotional justice that some listeners interpreted as racially charged.
Aldean denied the allegations, but apologized when it emerged that he filmed the video in front of a Tennessee courthouse where a brutal 1927 riot took place.
While stars like Jason Isbell and Zach Bryan made thoughtful songs that challenged Nashville’s more progressive trends, they were also shut out of the big awards.
The Academy, with usual caution, seems to have decided to be clear.
9) How new does the best new artist have to be?
Just 21 years after releasing his first single, Tennessee singer Jelly Roll is up for best new artist.
The musician, whose real name is Jason DeFord, is not a traditional contender for the category, but his recent move from the underground to the mainstream makes him eligible under Grammy guidelines.
A former convicted felon and drug dealer, he has spent time in prison and recently testified before the US Congress in support of anti-fentanyl legislation.
His emotional stories of slavery and liberation finally made it to the charts last year after a later pivot from rap to country music.
At 39, he became the oldest winner of the best new artist award – overtaking Sheryl Crow, who was 33 on the night of her victory in 1995.
But that’s nothing compared to the Latin Grammys, which gave 95-year-old Angela Alvarez the best new artist award in 2022.