Scouting Out the Grammys, 2021

Tyler Messinger, Reporting Journalist

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards Ceremony is taking place this Sunday night, March 14, on CBS. It will take place in the Los Angeles Convention Center and the show will start at 8pm ET.  This year, the beloved award show will be hosted by popular late night television host, Trevor Noah. Fans will eagerly watch as Beyoncé leads the way among artists with an impressive 9 nominations. Pop stars Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift along with rapper, Roddy Ricch, come in second behind Beyoncé with 6 nominations each. 2020 was a great year for the music industry as popular social media platform, “TikTok,” has helped many artists rise to fame. This includes newly established pop star, Olivia Rodrigo, who practically became a star overnight with her hit “Drivers License.” She broke the Spotify streaming record by amassing 15 million global streams in a single day. Unfortunately, Rodrigo’s hit was released after the mandatory deadline of the Grammys, so she won’t be featured this year. However, famous rapper, Roddy Ricch, can thank TikTok for the success of his number 1 hit, “The Box.” This song blew up earlier in 2020 and had the most streams since Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” which was also featured on TikTok in 2019 and won the Grammy for best Music Video as well as Best Pop Duo. It will definitely be interesting to see if well known veterans, like Beyoncé, will be able to beat out the new age rappers and pop stars for the category of “Record of the Year.” Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” will go up against DaBaby and Roddy Rich’s “Rockstar,” Doja Cat’s “Say So,” as well as Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now,” among others.