How to watch the Grammys

Carla Harmon
February 10, 2019

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards air Sunday evening on CBS, featuring guest performers, celebrity presenters and nominees including Record of the Year contenders such as "I Like It", "The Joke", "This Is America", "God's Plan", "Shallow", "All the Stars", "Rockstar" and "The Middle". Ariana Grande reportedly pulled out of her performance due to a disagreement with production, and according to a new report from The New York Times, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino declined the Recording Academy's invitation to perform at the awards show altogether.

Music stars get their night to be recognized on Sunday, so find out how to watch the Grammys online or live this week, as CBS brings the best of the business to Los Angeles.

Ariana Grande, with two nominations in the pop field, pulled out of the show late last week after a dispute with producers over which songs she would perform.

Sunday's Grammys will also host the long-awaited return of Dolly Parton, who will take the stage to perform her music from the soundtrack from Dumplin'. These categories include Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Last year, Jay-Z famously went 0-for-8, immortalizing his frustration in his and Beyoncé's "Apeshit".

"This is going to be a special Grammys".

But as with many awards shows, the most entertaining, unpredictable moments are likely to happen before the festivities begin, on the red carpet. Instead, Grammy viewers will be treated to a Post Malone/Red Hot Chili Peppers collaboration (during which Mountain Dew and Cheeto dust will ooze from your TV) and a Motown tribute from Jennifer Lopez, despite the fact that February is Black History Month, and despite the fact that genre pioneers Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Smokey Robinson are still very much alive. That's all wonderful. The problem is, the Grammys are still making bad decisions.

Women artists scored nominations in all of the top categories, after being largely muted a year ago: rapper Cardi B, pop diva Lady Gaga, pop futurist Janelle Monae and folk rocker Brandi Carlile are among the frontrunners. But if Post Malone, a rap white guy who has publicly derided rap music as beneath him, wins the Grammys' highest honor (and don't think for a second that it's not possible), then it's all for nought. "This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future".

Alicia Keys (The Voice), who is a 15-time victor and 29-time nominee, takes over as host for the 2019 Grammys show at STAPLES Center. Maybe Swift has the right idea; at this point, Cats seems more fun.

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