Grammys 2018: Boycotts, battles and how to watch

From BBC - January 26, 2018

Is Taylor Swift snubbing the ceremony? Can Jay-Z win album of the year? And where's Beyonce?

Here's everything you need to know about the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which take place in New York on Sunday.

When are the Grammys?

The ceremony takes place on Sunday, 28 January. If you are in the US, you can watch it live on CBS from 7:30pm (ET) / 4:30pm (PT).

In the UK, you have to wait until 4Music screens a highlights show at 7pm on Monday night. However, you can watch red carpet coverage live on E! (151 on Sky, 156 on Virgin, 321 on BT) from 10:30pm on Sunday.

And BBC Music News LIVE will be bringing you all the action as it happens, throughout the night.

Who's performing?

Who is not? In alphabetical order we have...

And that's not all... There are usually a few surprises on the night itself.

I heard some stars are boycotting the show...

Gossip site Hits Daily Double recently claimed Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Lorde and Justin Timberlake would SENSATIONALLY boycott the Grammys because they are FURIOUS at being SNUBBED.

In the past, artists like Frank Ocean, Justin Bieber and Kanye West have avoided the ceremony over a perceived racial bias; so a similar movement by white pop artists (some of whom have been accused of appropriating black culture) would be misguided at best.

A more likely explanation is that the story is rubbish.

What do you mean?

While it's true that several stars are missing from the seating plan, most of them have legitimate reasons for missing the ceremony.

Justin Timberlake is busy rehearsing his Super Bowl half-time show, for example. And Taylor Swift's latest record, Reputation, is not eligible for the awards until next year.

As for chart-bothering pop megasaur Ed Sheeran? He's only nominated in the pop categories, which are handed out in an earlier, non-televised ceremony. So he might as well stay at home and get a takeaway.

On the other hand, Drake is actually boycotting the show. The Canadian star refused to submit his music for consideration after the Grammys relegated him to the rap categories last year.

The Canadian star said he felt "alienated" by organisers "putting me in that category, cos it's the only place you can figure out where to put me".

"Maybe because I have rapped in the past or because I am black, I ca not figure out why."

Will #TimesUp be reflected?

Absolutely. Halsey, Kelly Clarkson, Cyndi Lauper, Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and others plan to wear white roses to the ceremony to support the #TimesUp movement, which was launched in response to the sexual harassment scandals that have rocked the entertainment world.

Pop star Kesha will also perform Praying- a song that addresses her relationship with producer Dr Luke, who she claims verbally, physically and sexually assaulted her (charges he denies).

"We are going to do something a little bit different with it," said Ken Ehrlich, who has overseen the Grammys ceremony since 1980.

"I think people will come away with the sense that we are supporting or allowing the artist to make a statement," he told Yahoo news.

"So, I think that the thing that we have to be careful about is letting the show turn into an issue-oriented show that loses sight of the fact of what winning a Grammy means."

Who will win the big prizes?

Sure, they look all friendly here - but the big battle for album of the year is between elder statesman of hip-hop Jay-Z and his younger competitor Kendrick Lamar.

The smart money's on Kendrick, whose incendiary, virtuoso album DAMN topped most critics' lists last year - but there's a danger Jay-Z will split the hip-hop vote, allowing Bruno Mars or Lorde to swoop in and steal the prize.

Who else is nominated?

What? Nothing for Beyonce?

Anything else to watch out for?

What about tributes?

Who's hosting?

What's the difference between song of the year and record of the year?

Who has won the most Grammys?


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