Grammys to Honor Pandemic-Hit Music Venues; Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B to Perform

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Beth Garrabrant

Other artists taking the stage during the Trevor Noah-hosted awards show, which will also stream on ViacomCBS' newly rebranded Paramount+ platform, include Harry Styles, BTS, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and Mickey Guyton.

Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles and Cardi B are among the performers set to take the stage at the 2021 Grammys, which will also honor independent music venues that have been greatly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during the telecast.

Swift's performance will mark her first appearance at the Grammys since 2016, where she won her second album of the year honor for 1989. Her subsequent releases Reputation and Lover failed to earn many Grammy nods, with Swift sitting out the music awards for multiple years.

Other artists taking the stage during the Trevor Noah-hosted awards show, which will air on CBS and stream on ViacomCBS' newly rebranded Paramount+ platform, include BTS, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, Mickey Guyton, Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Maren Morris and Post Malone.

In some of the first indications of what this year's Grammys would look like as events are still trying to limit crowds and impose social distancing, the Recording Academy said performers would be "coming together, while still safely apart, to play music for each other as a community."

Additionally, the Grammys are set to highlight the toll the pandemic has taken on live entertainment, with many venues still closed as artists have had to postpone tours. Employees, ranging from bartenders to box office managers, who work at Los Angeles' Troubadour and Hotel Cafe, New York City's Apollo Theater and Nashville's Station Inn will present awards.

Beyoncé leads this year's Grammy nominations, scoring nine nods, extending her record as the most nominated female artist in Grammy history, and if she wins four of the nine awards for which she's nominated, she will become the most awarded female artist in Grammys history, eight wins will set the record for most Grammy wins of all time.

Beyond Beyoncé, Lipa, Ricch and Swift each earned six nods, with Swift's surprise summer album Folklore accounting for the bulk of her nominations. Since the Grammy nominations were announced in late November, Swift has released yet another album, Evermore, and is set in April to re-release her sophomore record Fearless, which she's re-recording along with the rest of her Big Machine catalog.

Ricch is the most nominated male artist this year, and Lipa is a former best new artist winner.

Howard landed five nods with several artists tied with Megan Thee Stallion for four nods apiece, including DaBaby and Eilish, who last year became the youngest artist to sweep the big four general field categories.

Despite Megan Thee Stallion's four nods, she didn't earn a nomination for her smash-hit collaboration with Cardi B on "WAP," which Cardi's team chose not to submit for the 2021 awards.

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards are set to air live on Sunday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

The show was originally set for Sunday, Jan. 31 before it was postponed just weeks prior to the initial date amid rising COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles.

"After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd annual Grammy Awards to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021," Recording Academy chair and interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr., CBS evp specials, music, live events and alternative programming Jack Sussman and Grammy Awards executive producer Ben Winston said in a statement at the time. "The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do."