Grammys: 9 Moments to Watch for
The Grammys will air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday.
While it is hard to predict exactly what will happen at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, it’s always a good idea to prepare for what could happen.
There are, of course, guaranteed performers who will take the stage, but what about winners and losers? Will there finally be some diverse winners? Hopefully. Will Jay-Z snag his first major Grammy? Possibly. Will Soy Bomb make his 20th anniversary comeback? Probably not.
With all of the unexpected events, there are certain things that you should keep an eye out for at the Grammys. If you’re planning on tuning in, check out these important moments you should watch out for.
Kendrick Lamar’s Opening Number
After a legendary 2016 performance featuring jail cells and a giant onstage bonfire, Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated opening number will be one to watch. Is it a coincidence that the previous two show openers — Adele and Taylor Swift — have also won album of the year? Who knows?
Logic's Powerful Message
In what will most likely be a powerhouse performance, Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid are set to perform their inspirational suicide prevention lifeline hit "1-800-273-8255," which is nominated for song of the year. At the MTV VMAs, the trio performed an emotional version of the song, bringing survivors onstage with them. If this appearance is anything like that one, it will be one to remember.
More Diverse Winners
Grammy voters were praised by artists and Twitter users alike after nominations were revealed, as this year's nominees proved to be one of the most genre- and culture-spanning set yet. For example, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's Latin mega-hit "Despacito" is nominated for song of the year, and if it wins, it will be the first primarily Spanish-language song to ever win the title. On the other hand, a rap track has never won song or record of the year, which could mean a win by Lamar or Jay-Z would be the first of its kind.
Jay-Z’s Potential First Major Grammy Win
Despite having 21 Grammy awards to his name, Jay-Z has never walked away with one of the big four. This year, he leads the nominations and could earn song of the year, record of the year or even album of the year honors, though experts may not agree.
Kenny Chesney’s First Grammy
While this may come as a surprise to country fans, one of the genre's biggest superstars, Kenny Chesney, has never been nominated for a Grammy — despite having 16 albums under his belt. His latest release, Cosmic Hallelujah, is up for best country album this year, which could be his first Grammy win. It’s unclear if the country album category will air during the three-hour broadcast, but it will be something to look out for.
While the Grammys paying tribute to stars isn’t new, Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt and Broadway legend Patti LuPone's tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein is expected to be pretty emotional. LuPone will be reprising her iconic performance of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” while Platt will perform a number from West Side Story.
A Potential Taylor Swift Cameo With Little Big Town
Although Taylor Swift has not confirmed an appearance at the Grammys, Little Big Town is expected to perform their hit “Better Man,” which was written by Swift herself. If there was ever a time for her to come out and surprise the Grammy audience, it would certainly be special if it were during the song she penned — especially if it takes home the prize for best country song.
Kesha's Comeback Performance
After a long legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke, Kesha will make her Grammy debut on Sunday night, with a performance that is hinted to be about the #MeToo movement and “reflect what has happened to her,” according to Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich. Kesha is also in the running for two prizes: best pop vocal album and best pop solo performance.
Of course, there is no way to predict what will happen at the Grammys. Take the infamous Soy Bomb incident of 1998 during Bob Dylan's performance, or any losing artist storming the stage. Whatever happens, be sure to tune in this Sunday to keep up to date on all of the action.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.