Precisely a year after the unrecorded music business shut down because of COVID-19 — and a month and a half after the show was initially planned to occur prior to being delayed — the 63rd Grammy Awards will, at last, happen Sunday night in Los Angeles.
The actual broadcast will be clearly molded by the necessities of the pandemic: Ben Winston, who’s regulating the Grammys interestingly after Ken Ehrlich’s forty years in charge, has guaranteed a remarkably close encounter outfitted to watchers at home, rather than the live crowd that will not exist.
(Exhibitions are normal from Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, BTS, and a year ago’s an enormous champ, Billie Eilish, among numerous others.)
Yet, Sunday’s champs and washouts — Beyoncé drives selections with nine, trailed by Swift, Lipa and Roddy Ricch, with six each — will likewise mirror the Recording Academy’s endeavors to move past the strife of 2020, when the gathering’s past CEO, Deborah Dugan, was expelled following touchy charges in regards to separation and vote fixing.
To talk about how everything may shake out, and to disable a portion of the significant races, Times popular music pundit Mikael Wood met — what other place? — on Zoom with Times music columnist Suzy Exposito and Charles Holmes, staff author at the Ringer and co-host of “The Ringer Music Show” on Spotify.
How about we start with a craftsman who will not be on Sunday’s show.
Does the prominent shutout of the Weeknd, whose synth-pop crush “Blinding Lights” just turned into the primary single to go through 52 weeks in the best 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100, harm the validity of the Grammys?
Exposito: There’s a great deal the institute needs to clarify, and they haven’t, in any event as per the general inclination of individuals in the music business. So a year after Deborah Dugan — better believe it, individuals are progressively suspicious of the association.
Holmes: I’m not going to stay here and say the Weeknd’s “Twilight” collection is high craftsmanship. However, I additionally don’t think the Grammy Awards are occupied with remunerating quality.
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