The Grammys are upon us, meaning its time to watch Kendrick Lamar clean up the awards and people continue to fawn over Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow”.
Not that I’m complaining, “Shallow” is up there with Aladdin‘s “A Whole New World” in terms of the best duets to bang out at karaoke.
But we aren’t talking about karaoke – we’re talking about the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, the biggest night on the music industry’s calendar.
It’s a celebration of creativity, of the power of music, of our freedom to sit in our lounge rooms and judge celebrities that make more money in a week than I make in a year… or two.
Whether you want to tune in to see if Cardi B will win her first Grammy for Invasion of Privacy or how many times the camera pans to a bored celebrity in the crowd, here’s everything Aussies need to know about the 61st Grammys Awards.
When can I watch the Grammys in Australia?
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast life from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Monday February 11 at 12:00pm AEDT.
In Australia the awards show is broadcast live on FOX8, with the red carpet pre-show on channel E! beginning at 9:30am AEDT.
When the ceremony is complete it will be available to watch on demand on Foxtel. It will also be replayed at 6:00pm on FOX8 and at 9:30pm on Channel V.
Who is hosting?
For the last two years the Grammys has been hosted by James Corden, but this year Alicia Keys will be the master of ceremonies.
While it’s her first time hosting the show, Keys isn’t a stranger to being on stage at the Grammys – she’s won a ridiculous 15 Grammy Awards throughout her career.
Who is performing?
A lot of people. Like, a lot. The initial list included Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe and Kacey Musgraves.
The performances have now been expanded to include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R., Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Ricky Martin.
Who is nominated?
This year the Recording Academy expanded their major categories (Best Album, Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best New Artist) from five to eight nominees. That means there are a bunch of more people nominated this year.
Kendrick Lamar leads everyone with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven and Brandi Carlile and Boi-1da with six.
The story of this year’s nominations is the dominance of women. After only one woman was nominated for album of the year last year (Lorde for “Melodrama”), five of the eight nominees for 2019 album of the year are women, as are six of the eight nominees for best new artist. Coincidence? I think not.
You can check out the full list of nominations here so that you’re ready when the 61st Annual Grammy Awards kicks off at 12:00pm on Monday February 11.