Fifteen years have passed since the last time the Grammy Awards were presented at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden Stadium, when Norah Jones won the undisputed Don’t know why song. This same stage will witness this Sunday, from 7.30 p. m. (local time), the great night of music in its 60th edition.
Hundreds of artists nominated in the 84 Grammy categories will parade through the gigantic central Manhattan pavilion in a few hours. The attention of the majority audience, however, is focused on a handful of them as the best recording of the year, the best album, the best song, the best new artist or the best performance. 2018 ceremony will run with a marked hip hop and Latin rhythm. Rapper Jay-Z grabs eight nominations with 4:44, followed by Kendrick Lamar with seven and Bruno Mars with six.
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The three artists are on the shortlist for the best-recorded statuette of the year. The Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee will also be competing for a prize for their multi-versioned song Despacito and Childish Gambino for Redbone, and it remains to be seen how many times these artists are nominated in the main categories. But almost all of them (except Jay-Z) will go up to perform during the evening. This 60th edition of the Grammys will also feature Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus with Elton John, Rihana, Pink, Sting, Kesha, Chris Stapleton with Emmylou Harrys and the Irish band U2. The return of the Grammy Awards to the East Coast, as happened in the West during the Golden Globes in Hollywood, will have a strong vindictive character against sexual harassment.
Several artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Cyndi Lauper, Dua Lipa and Halsey have announced that they will wear a white rose as a sign of support for the denunciation movements #TimesUp and #meToo. Artist Kesha confessed her nervousness and excitement about performing the Praying ballad tonight at the Grammy. A song he wrote in the middle of the legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, who he accuses of drugging and physically and mentally abusing her. “I needed this song in a very real way. I’m proud, nervous and overwhelmed by touching her at the Grammys,” she said in a tweet.
During the great night of music, tribute will also be paid to the victims of the Las Vegas (Nevada) shooting during a country music festival in October 2017 that killed 58 people. Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Armstrong will be in charge of putting music to the tribute, and the ceremony will be conducted by actor and presenter James Corden, who repeats in these performances. During the red carpet display at Madison Square Garden this Thursday, Corden explained that there will be emotional moments to show solidarity with the movements#MeToo and #TimesUp, according to AP agency. He, for the moment, only confirmed that he will wear a white rose.