Photo: Jonathan Mannion
2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony To Be Hosted By Shaggy, Feature Performances By Nominees
The 61st GRAMMY Awards will start off with sizzle as the lineup for the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony has been revealed, led by Mr. Boombastic himself, GRAMMY winner and current nominee Shaggy as host. The prelude to Music's Biggest Night will also feature performances by current nominated singer/songwriter Snatam Kaur, trumpeter Craig Morris and dance duo Sofi Tukker. Nigerian Afrobeat artist Seun Kuti and Malian singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara will also perform together, and Ángela Aguilar, Aida Cuevas and Natalia Lafourcade will unite for the first time ever to perform "La Llorona," a Mexican folkloric classic all three artists have recorded during their career.
An impressive list of presenters has also been announced to hand out the first GRAMMY Awards of the day, including current nominees Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Kalani Pe'a, Questlove, Cécile McLorin Salvant, TOKiMONSTA, and former Recording Academy Chair Jimmy Jam.
Sound too good to miss? Don't worry! You can watch from anywhere, as The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will be streamed live internationally right here on GRAMMY.com on Sunday Feb. 10, starting at 12:30 p.m. PT. The live stream of the Premiere Ceremony will also remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 90 days following the event.
All of the Premiere Ceremony performers and the host are nominated this year, as are most of the presenters. Aguilar and Cuevas are up for for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) for Primero Soy Mexicana and Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II respectively; Diawara is in the running for for Best World Music Album for Fenfo, while Hale with Halestorm are seeking their second GRAMMY win, nominated this year for Best Rock Performance for their song "Uncomfortable."
Lafourcade is contending for Best Latin Pop Album for Musas [Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos], Vol. 2., while Kaur's nomination si for for Best New Age Album for Beloved. Kuti & Egypt 80 are nominated for Best World Music Album for Black Times.
Morris is in the running for Best Classical Instrument Solo for Glass: Three Pieces In The Shape Of A Square, while Pe'a is a hopeful for Best Regional Roots Music Album with his album No'Ane'i.
The Roots' Questlove is nominated for for Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) for his Creative Quest. Salvant seeks a GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Window, and host Shaggy (with Sting) is nominated for Best Reggae Album for his collaboration album 44/876.
Sofi Tukker is nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Treehouse), while TOKiMONSTA earned her first career nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Lune Rouge.
The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live following the Premiere Ceremony on the CBS Television Network from 8:00–11 p.m. ET/5:00–8 p.m. PT.