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March 10, 2021

2021 Grammy Awards: What you need to know about the 63rd ceremony

Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa lead the nominations

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Beyoncé has nine Grammy Award nominations this year. Taylor Swift has six.

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards will take place this Sunday.

The event will be held in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center, with a limited audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several of the musical performances and appearances will take place virtually across the country.

The 2021 Grammy Awards was originally scheduled to be held Jan. 31. However, due to COVID-19, the Recording Academy decided to postpone the ceremony until March.

The highest number of Grammy nominations this year belongs to Beyoncé, who has a chance to take home nine awards. This is the fifth time the 39-year-old musician has been the year's leading nominee, or at least tied for the lead. 

Her total number of career nominations is 79, making her the most-nominated female in Grammy historyBeyoncé currently has 24 Grammy victories in her career. If she wins at least four of her nine nominations, she will become the female artist with the most Grammy wins.

Among Beyoncé's nominations include Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her 2020 single "Black Parade."

Taylor Swift has six Grammy Award nominations, which is tied for the second most this year with Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch. The Berks County native has already won 10 Grammy Awards, including two for Album of the Year.

Among Swift's nominations include Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Folklore," Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Cardigan" and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Exile."

Below is the full list of nominees for the Grammy Awards "Big Four" categories. A full list of nominees and categories can be found on the award ceremony's website.

Record of the Year

• "Black Parade" — Beyoncé
• "Colors" — Black Pumas
• "Rockstar" — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
• "Say So" — Doja Cat
• "Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish
• "Don't Start Now" — Dua Lipa
• "Circles" — Post Malone
• "Savage" — Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

Album of the Year

• "Chilombo" — Jhené Aiko
• "Black Pumas" — Black Pumas
• "Everyday Life" — Coldplay
• "Djesse Vol. 3" — Jacob Collier
• "Women in Music Pt. III" — Haim
• "Future Nostalgia" — Dua Lipa
• "Hollywood's Bleeding" — Post Malone
• "Folklore" — Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

• "Black Parade" — Beyoncé
• "The Box" — Roddy Ricch
• "Cardigan" — Taylor Swift
• "Circles" — Post Malone
• "Don't Start Now" — Dua Lipa
• "Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish
• "I Can't Breathe" — H.E.R.
• "If the World Was Ending" — JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels

Best New Artist

• Ingrid Andress
• Phoebe Bridgers
• Noah Cyrus
• Chika
• D Smoke
• Doja Cat
• Kaytranada
• Megan Thee Stallion

Swift is one of the musicians scheduled to perform during Sunday's awards ceremony. Below is a complete list of musical performers.

• Bad Bunny
• Black Pumas
• Cardi B
• BTS
• Brandi Carlile
• DaBaby
• Doja Cat
• Billie Eilish
• Mickey Guyton
• Haim
• Brittany Howard
• Miranda Lambert
• Lil Baby
• Dua Lipa
• Tamika Mallory
• Chris Martin
• John Mayer
• Megan Thee Stallion
• Maren Morris
• Post Malone
• Roddy Ricch
• Harry Styles
• Taylor Swift

The 2021 Grammy Awards will air at 8 p.m. on CBS and the network's brand-new streaming service, Paramount+

Comedian and "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah is hosting the event for the first time.


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