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Whether it’s the first time nominees or the veterans of the Grammy Awards, there is a lot to look out for at this year’s awards.
The list of presenters
This year’s presenters as announced by the Recording Company include Jim Gaffigan and Trevor Noah who have both been nominated under the Best Comedy Album category. Included in the list of people set to hand out the golden gramophones are previous Grammy Award winners; Common, Cynthia Erivo, Dua Lipa, Billy Porter, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder. The list also includes industry weights who have previously nominated - Ava DuVernay and Bebe Rexha, and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.
Alicia Keys returns as the host
Not a stranger to the Grammys, Alicia Keys will return on the Grammy Award stage as host for the second consecutive year. According to NBC news, Keys said hosting the show for the first time was a powerful experience.
“At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music.”
Paying homage to Nipsey Hussle
Industry veterans from Kirk Franklin to Meek Mill, John Legend and YG will perform on stage in honour of Nipsey Hussle. Grammy Awards Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich expressed how much impact Nipsey Hussle had in the industry. “There is no denying the influence he had and his legacy will be felt for generations to come. We are honoured to bring together this amazing group of artists to celebrate Nipsey's life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music. It's sure to be a memorable performance.”
The entrepreneur and rapper who tragically died in 2019 has been posthumously nominated in three categories, including best rap song, best rap performance and best rap/sung performance.
The Grammy Awards will air on 1 Magic on Monday morning at 03:00 and will repeat on Monday at 20:30.