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Trevor Noah Of "The Daily Show" Returns To Host The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show
Award-winning host and comedian Trevor Noah of "The Daily Show" fame will return as master of ceremonies of the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, broadcasting live from Crypto.com Arena (currently STAPLES Center) in Los Angeles Mon, Jan. 31
The Recording Academy and CBS announced today that Trevor Noah, Comedy Central's Emmy Award-winning "The Daily Show" host and comedian, will return to host the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards. Music's Biggest Night will broadcast live from Crypto.com Arena (currently STAPLES Center) in Los Angeles Mon, Jan. 31, 2022 (8-11:30 p.m. ET live/5-8:30 p.m. PT live) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Previously, Noah hosted the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, which took place in March.
"Trevor was amazing as our host for the 63rd GRAMMY Awards with praise from the music community, music fans and critics," Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said. "We're so excited to welcome Trevor back to the GRAMMYs stage and feel fortunate to once again have him hosting what we believe will be an unforgettable evening."
"Trevor brought his trademark talent and versatility to last March's GRAMMYs, and we can't wait for him to host the event on CBS and Paramount+ again this year," George Cheeks, President and CEO, CBS and Chief Content Officer, News & Sports, Paramount+, said.
Last week, the Recording Academy revealed the nominations for the 64th GRAMMY Awards and announced that, for the first time, there are 10 nominees in each of the General Field Categories: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. This year's leading nominees include Jon Batiste (11), Justin Bieber (8), Doja Cat (8), H.E.R. (8), Billie Eilish (7), and Olivia Rodrigo (7).
As the only peer-selected music accolade, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by the Recording Academy's voting membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers.
The 64th GRAMMY Awards are produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy. Ben Winston, Jesse Collins and Raj Kapoor are executive producers and Jeannae Rouzan Clay joins the team as co-executive producer. Hamish Hamilton returns as director and Kapoor serves as showrunner.
Prior to the 64th GRAMMY Awards telecast, the annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Mon, Jan. 31, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. PT; the Premiere Ceremony will stream live on GRAMMY.com and the Recording Academy's YouTube channel.
*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the special airs.
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Doja Cat & SZA Tearfully Accept Their First GRAMMYs For "Kiss Me More"
Relive the moment the pair's hit "Kiss Me More" took home Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which marked the first GRAMMY win of their careers.
Doja Cat walked in with eight nominations, while SZA entered the ceremony with five. Three of those respective nods were for their 2021 smash "Kiss Me More," which ultimately helped the superstars win their first GRAMMYs.
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the night SZA and Doja Cat accepted the golden gramophone for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance — a milestone moment that Doja Cat almost missed.
"Listen. I have never taken such a fast piss in my whole life," Doja Cat quipped after beelining to the stage. "Thank you to everybody — my family, my team. I wouldn't be here without you, and I wouldn't be here without my fans."
Before passing the mic to SZA, Doja also gave a message of appreciation to the "Kill Bill" singer: "You are everything to me. You are incredible. You are the epitome of talent. You're a lyricist. You're everything."
SZA began listing her praises for her mother, God, her supporters, and, of course, Doja Cat. "I love you! Thank you, Doja. I'm glad you made it back in time!" she teased.
"I like to downplay a lot of s— but this is a big deal," Doja tearfully concluded. "Thank you, everybody."
Press play on the video above to hear Doja Cat and SZA's complete acceptance speech for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Baby Keem Celebrate "Family Ties" During Best Rap Performance Win In 2022
Revisit the moment budding rapper Baby Keem won his first-ever gramophone for Best Rap Performance at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards for his Kendrick Lamar collab "Family Ties."
For Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar, The Melodic Blue was a family affair. The two cousins collaborated on three tracks from Keem's 2021 debut LP, "Range Brothers," "Vent," and "Family Ties." And in 2022, the latter helped the pair celebrate a GRAMMY victory.
"Wow, nothing could prepare me for this moment," Baby Keem said at the start of his speech.
He began listing praise for his "supporting system," including his family and "the women that raised me and shaped me to become the man I am."
Before heading off the stage, he acknowledged his team, who "helped shape everything we have going on behind the scenes," including Lamar. "Thank you everybody. This is a dream."
Press play on the video above to watch Baby Keem's complete acceptance speech for Best Rap Performance at the 2022 GRAMMYs, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
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Burna Boy, Tyla And Africa's Moment At The 2024 GRAMMYs
African artists shone bright at Music's Biggest Night, highlighting the ever-growing influence of Afrobeats, amapiano and African pop music.
Late into the festivities at the 66th GRAMMY Awards, an African giant took the stage.
Burna Boy — the king of Afrobeats, a massive star of the continent’s pop music industry, and a national hero of his home nation of Nigeria — brought down the house at Crypto.com Arena with a formidable show that bridged the cultures of Africa and America.
With backgrounds inspired by the streets of Lagos, the GRAMMY winner began the set surrounded by drummers and dancers in colorful traditional clothes, jamming to his Afrobeats hit "On Form."
Then, he switched things up, transitioning to two ‘90s hip-hop-influenced cuts from his recent album I Told Them… As the background shifted to Brooklyn brownstones, the Timbaland-inspired bump of "City Boys" gave way to "Sittin’ On Top of the World," during which featured rapper 21 Savage and sampled artist Brandy, appearing live for the first time in years, came out to perform alongside Burna.
That Afrobeats finally reached the GRAMMYs stage made Burna Boy’s performance a milestone for African pop music. And while Burna prefers to label his own work "Afro-Fusion," any Afro pop representation is considered a major coup.
The performance marked a triumphant culmination for African artists at the GRAMMYs, and for the African music industry as a whole. Its explosive global growth in recent years is something that even GRAMMYs host (and two-time GRAMMY nominee) Trevor Noah remarked upon before Burna Boy’s set. Noah, comedian and former host of "The Daily Show," was probably the biggest African presence at the GRAMMYs — himself being a South African who has discussed his own mixed-race heritage in standup and his memoir.
Noah shouted out his country’s amapiano scene, joking, "You know people say Afrobeats is new and personally growing up in South Africa, I would get Afrobeats all the time for my mom every time I came home past my curfew."
But the proceedings had an even more significant backdrop. Earlier in the day, the GRAMMYs handed out the first-ever Best African Music Performance award. The category, one of three new prizes added for the 2024 GRAMMYs, was conceived of and designed as a way to honor the massive, burgeoning African music industry as it continues to expand globally. Ultimately, it was rookie pop singer Tyla that took the heavily contested golden gramophone for her song "Water."
The South African starlet faced stiff competition: Burna Boy ("City Boys") and fellow Afrobeats legend and first-time GRAMMY nominee Davido ("Unavailable" feat. Musa Keys) were nominated in the category, along with rising Nigerian stars ASAKE ("Amapiano" feat. Olamide) and Ayra Starr ("Rush"). Burna Boy and Davido both received multiple nominations this year — four and three, respectively — and Burna had already triumphed at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, winning Best Global Music Album for Twice as Tall.
But none could compete with the behemoth hit that is "Water." The sultry, Amapiano-influenced vocal pop song entered the Billboard Hot 100 in October of last year, in the process making 22-year-old Tyla the first South African on the chart since Hugh Masekela in 1968, as well as the youngest South African to ever reach the chart. It also topped Billboard’s US Afrobeats Songs chart, reached No. 5 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and finally peaked at number seven on the Hot 100.
As Tyla accepted the award during the GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony, even she was surprised at her victory, saying "I never thought I’d say I won a GRAMMY at 22 years old….I know my mother’s crying somewhere in here."
As the South African made her way to the stage, legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti’s classic Afrobeat tune "Water No Get Enemy" soundtracked her moment — Tyla’s "Water" and Fela’s "Water" linking the two major musical nations. Coincidentally, the two countries’ soccer teams play each other this week in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, and fans are already preparing for a rematch between the two rival nations.
As the BBC noted from one commenter after Tyla’s victory, "South Africa won today but Nigeria will win on Wednesday where it matters most." It’s a moment that wouldn’t have been possible only a year ago, but thanks to the GRAMMYs, it is now.
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Trevor Noah Returns To Host The 2024 GRAMMYs For The Fourth Consecutive Year
Award-winning host and comedian Trevor Noah of "The Daily Show" will return to the GRAMMY stage for the fourth consecutive year to host the 2024 GRAMMYs, which will broadcast live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 4.
The Recording Academy and CBS announced that GRAMMY-nominated comedian, actor, author, and former "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah will host the 2024 GRAMMYs, marking his fourth consecutive year as the master of ceremonies for Music's Biggest Night.
After hosting the GRAMMY Awards in 2021, 2022 and 2023, Noah will bring his Emmy-winning talents back to the stage for the 66th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4. The event is scheduled to broadcast live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, watchable via live television and streaming options for viewers worldwide.
In his previous years as host, Noah was praised for his ability to blend humor with a deep appreciation for music, creating a seamless and engaging experience for both the in-house audience and at-home viewers. His return for the 2024 GRAMMYs is a testament to his impact and popularity in the role.
Noah's tenure as the GRAMMYs host has been marked by memorable performances, unexpected collaborations, and a celebration of musical diversity and excellence. At the 2024 GRAMMYs, fans can look forward to another evening of spectacular performances and awards, guided by Trevor Noah's charisma and skill.
In November, the Recording Academy revealed the nominees for the 66th GRAMMY Awards including nominations for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. This year's leading nominees include SZA (nine nominations), Phoebe Bridgers (seven), Victoria Monét (six), and producer Serban Ghenea (six). The Academy also announced three new categories for the 2024 show: Best African Music Performance, Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording.
The GRAMMYs stand out as the sole music accolade determined by peers, with voting conducted by the Recording Academy's diverse membership of music creators. This body includes professionals from every facet of the music industry, encompassing recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers, representing a wide array of genres and creative disciplines.
The 2024 GRAMMYs, officially known as the 66th GRAMMY Awards, will air live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 4 (8 -11:30 p.m. LIVE ET/5-8:30 p.m. LIVE PT) on the CBS Television Network and will stream on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the special airs).
The 66th GRAMMY Awards are produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy. Ben Winston, Jesse Collins and Raj Kapoor are executive producers.
Stay tuned for more updates as we approach Music's Biggest Night!